Leadership Development

Leadership School

Leadership School is an intensive leadership development program for a cohort of 12-18 individuals for six months. The School offers emerging leaders the tools to organize and mobilize their community, and deeply analyze issues from political, economic, and social perspectives. The model, acquired from National Day Labor Organizing Network, aims to  strengthen the day labor movement, both locally and nationally, by developing confident and strong leaders. On an organizational level, graduates work together with the Day Labor Committee to give guidance to VOZ and to the Portland day labor community.

The leadership school includes an annual two-date retreat that grounds day labors

Programs included in the school:

  • Analysis of Immigration reform and immigrant-related issues such as wage theft, prison divestment, etc.
  • Practical Leadership Skills: How to run a meeting, how to organize an election, how to provide a testimony to elected officials, how to organize campaign
  • Consciousness-raising activity: history of the day labor movement, immigrant rights movement, power analysis of day laborers in the community.

To learn more about the leadership school contact internal organizer Yolanda Sandoval at yolanda@portlandvoz.org.

Day Labor Committee

The day labor committee is the organizational decision making body at the MLK Jr. Worker Center. The Committee provides an alternative to the Board of Directors for day laborers who want to take on a higher level of responsibility. The members of the Committee will act as an Advisory body to the Board and focus on programmatic and political decisions for the organization. Day laborers direct organizational policies, legislative agenda, and programs through serving on the Day Laborer Committee.