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Media Advisory: New American Leaders Project to Hold Candidate Civic Training Program for Immigrants (Aug. 4th)

Posted: Aug 01, 2012

NAM Media Advisory

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Media Contacts
Nina Spensley, 917.864.8400nina@newamericanleaders.org
Monica Trevino, 312.344.2239MTrevino@icirr.org


The New American Leaders Project (NALP) in partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to Hold Candidate Civic Training Program for Immigrants in River Forest, Illinois

Ready to Lead Training Prepares Immigrants for Potential Candidacy and Leadership

Riverforest, IL – The New American Leaders Project (NALP) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), in partnership with Wellstone Action and Dominican University will hold its Ready to Lead” training August 4 - 5, 2012 as part of the ICIRR Candidate School”.  This is the second non-partisan immigrant candidate training program of its kind to be held in the Chicago-area, and the first to be held in Riverforest.
Twenty-one African, Asian and Latino first- and second-generation immigrants, as well as civic leaders interested in predominantly immigrant communities, will attend the weekend training. “Ready to Lead” is a signature program developed by NALP for potential candidates and other immigrant leaders who want to learn in-depth electoral skills such as communications, base-building and fundraising.

The New American Leaders Project is the only national organization specifically focused on training first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership and has been developing their training programs for immigrant leaders since the fall of 2010.  ICIRR has run the largest non-partisan voter registration and turnout operation in Illinois for the past 4 election cycles. In 2010, the organization’s multiple-contract program reached 133,128 immigrant voters. In that time, the Latino and Asian populations have increased by 32 and 38 percent, respectively.

WHO:  The New American Leaders Project Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Ready to Lead Participants Former and elected officials      

WHAT: Organizations and current and former elected officials conduct “Ready to Lead” training program for immigrants to prepare them for potential candidacy and leadership.

WHEN:  August 4 -5; media availability on Saturday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dominican University Illinois
              7900 West Division Street | Parmer Hall 109
              River Forest, IL 60305

VISUALS: Current and former elected officials addressing training participants, state and national organizations leading training programs, participants with diverse backgrounds.

Interview Opportunities: Trainers and participants 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. NALP Founding Director Sayu Bhojwani, available 9:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4.

About The New American Leaders Project:  The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership.  NALP recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for leadership from the community to the Capitol.  Our goals are threefold: to expand the number of immigrants in leadership positions, increase voter participation in immigrant communities and allow immigrant voters more opportunities to engage with leaders who reflect their unique experiences.  We believe that through civic engagement and leadership, first- and second-generation immigrants can help strengthen the fabric of American democracy.  Visit http://newamericanleaders.org for additional information or call Nina Spensley – Media and Communications, at (917) 864.8400.

About the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is a statewide coalition of 138 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrant and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.  For more information about ICIRR, please visit www.icirr.org or contact Monica Trevino, Communications Director, at (312) 344-2239.


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