The FLOC Homies Union is a social movement that addresses the needs of the Latino, and the greater Toledo, Ohio community, through the creation of democratic institution and a unified, collective voice. Everyone between the ages of 14 and 24 is invited to sign up and join the Homies in identifying needs in the community, helping strategize solutions, and carrying out actions to address those needs. All members of the Homies union will have a vote in every decision made by the movement. At this time, the FLOC Homies have identified neighborhood safety, reestablishing a level of trust between the community and law-enforcement officials, and the lead paint poisoning of children as their primary causes.
If you are interested in joining the FLOC Homies and making your voice heard as we fight to make change, please contact our President, Baldemar Velasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to sign up.
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Employment Readiness and Youth Empowerment Program
Part of the FLOC Homies Union is the Employment Readiness and Youth Empowerment Program. This program provides paid positions for participants to learn the basics of leadership and community organizing. Participants in this program are the youths that FLOC staff identify as being most motivated by the cause and most excited about seeing change in their lives. Over 16 weeks of training, these young leaders will be taught a number life skills including:
- Job seeking strategies
- Employment readiness
- Conflict resolution
- Resume writing
- building self confidence
- Understanding power structures
- Community organizing basics
- Building social capital
- Promoting civic engagement
Participants will also be placed at a work site in the community to gain first-hand experience, and put into practice all of the information they learn in the trainings. Youths are placed at work sites based on their interests and skill sets, so as to encourage continued participation, and greater levels of success.