March 22, 2016


Lation Youth Summit

 Proyecto MoLE youth and staff are excited for this years Latino Youth Summit

Latino youth from across Washington State are coming together to encourage, support one another, and chart a path for an engaged Latino citizenry and vibrant communities. Proyecto MoLE, an initiative of the Northwest Leadership Foundation, will host the 12th annual Latino Youth Summit, bringing these youth to engage in meaningful dialogue and thoughtful inquiry in Tacoma on Friday May 6 from 8 AM to 3 PM at the University of Puget Sound. The summit is free and open to everyone, though tickets must be reserved in advance. The Summit will begin in Kilworth Memorial Chapel, followed by workshops at various venues on campus. See below for ticket details and a map of campus. The media is invited.

We are incredibly honored and excited to host this year’s Latino Youth Summit,” affirms Michael Benitez, the University of Puget Sound’s Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.

“As our University continues to be engaged with and serve as a resource to our local community, and at a time when we see a continued growth among Latinos nationally and within the state of Washington, I can think of no more important work right now than to make connections, collaborate with, and lift up the voices of young Latinos from across the state.  Hosting the summit is an important step in demonstrating to Latinos across the state that the University of Puget Sound values and welcomes their presence and voice.”

Launched in 2006 by the Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF) in Tacoma, Proyecto MoLE seeks to inspire, prepare and mobilize Latino youth as leaders in their communities. The initiative seeks to develop a new generation of Latino leaders by:

  • promoting confidence, and positive self-concept
  • increasing Latino attainment of post-secondary education representation in professional career paths
  • And challenging Latinos to be a catalyst for change through life long civic engagement

To date, Proyecto MoLE has impacted more than 5,000 Latino youth across the state of Washington, over the past 10 years of hosting the annual Summit.

With this year’s theme as “Stronger than the Struggle,” the Summit will encourage participants in their pursuit of post-secondary education, professional career paths, leadership, political activism and community investment. Through workshops, inspirational speakers and the opportunities fair summit participants will recognize that they have the power to positively impact their community both locally and nationally.

“Proyecto MoLE is leading the way, both in Tacoma and across the state, of lifting the voices of our Latino youth and seeing their own role for community change and action. MoLE builds leadership within our Latino community, and students are change agents for themselves, their families, the Latino community and the wider communities they live in. I have seen MoLE change the very fabric of our community-steady change that improves the lives of so many from within-it is a model of real community development.” says community leader and activist Liesl Santkuyl.

Learn more about Proyecto MoLE online at


Melody Rodriguez, Proyecto Mole Director, Northwest Leadership Foundation, (253) 381-0446 or

Noah Baskett, Senior Program Officer, Northwest Leadership Foundation, (253) 272-0771 ext.124 or

Proyecto Mole

  Proyecto MoLE participants