Latino Children and Youth Convening

Hilton Washington Embassy Row
Washington, DC
May 25-26, 2011

Agenda as of May 17, 2011


Wednesday, May 25

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Noon Registration
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Securing Our Nation s Future: Advocating for Children and Youth
  • Liany Elba Arroyo, Associate Director, Education and Children's Policy Project, NCLR
  • Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR
  • U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
  • Martha Moorehouse, Ph.D., Director, Division of Children and Youth Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
10:30 a.m. - Noon

What Does the Political and Social Climate across the Local, State, and Federal Governments Look Like for Latino Children?

Sheri Steisel, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, Senior Director of the Human Services Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures


  • Clifford M. Johnson, Executive Director, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities
  • Roberto J. Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Peter A. Zamora, Senior Education Counsel, Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. The Importance of Communications to Our Work
  • Kristen Grimm, President, Spitfire Strategies
  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break/Transition to Breakout Sessions
3:00 - 3:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  • Partnering with Youth to Get Your Message Across
    Edwin Desamour, President and Founder, Men In Motion In the Community

    Tolu Olubunmi, Policy and Communications Consultant, Ada Consulting

  • Talking about Race in Your Work
    Joanna Shoffner Scott, Ph.D., Vice President, Government Affairs and Equity Programs, Voices for America s Children
  • Using Data Effectively to Get Your Point Across
    Vanessa Cárdenas, Director, Progress 2050, Center for American Progress

    Patricia Foxen, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research, NCLR

  • Creating Effective Messages
    Joe Gleason, Founder, The Gleason Group
3:55 - 4:05 p.m. Transition to Breakout Sessions
4:05 - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  • Partnering with Youth to Get Your Message Across
  • Talking about Race in Your Work
  • Using Data Effectively to Get Your Point Across
  • Creating Effective Messages
5:10 - 5:30 p.m. Overview of the Next Day: Building a Latino Children s Advocacy Network
  • Liany Elba Arroyo


Thursday, May 26

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Charge for the Day
Liany Elba Arroyo
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. The Importance of Building a Latino Children s Advocacy Network
  • U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA)
  • Josephine F. Garza, Executive Director, National Latino Children s Institute
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. - Noon Breakout Sessions
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Putting It All Together
  • Maricela Garcia, Director of Capacity-Building, NCLR
  • Liany Elba Arroyo
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Next Steps and Closing
  • Eric Rodriguez

  • NCLR Action Center
  • The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
  • The Truth About NCLR
  • NCLR Blog