Program Evaluation of the Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Institute
A Leadership Development Program for Young Hispanic Women
This dissertation was a summative program evaluation with qualitative inquiry of the Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Institute. This week-long leadership development program is exclusive to college-age Hispanic women. To determine if the mission and its objectives were attained, program graduates completed a survey and were then invited to participate in an in-depth interview. Data gathered found that the program mission and objectives were met. Various themes of significance included a need for role models and mentors, increased confidence and motivation, sense of cultural belonging, and realization of self-truths. Further research should include a longitudinal study as well as research on those Hispanic young women who were not able to participate in this program.
About the Author
Consultant Belinda Leon has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Before opening her own consulting firm, she was Vice President of Academic Regulatory Affairs for Education Management Corporation (EDMC). Dr. Leon held several positions within the EDMC corporate office for 14 years related to Academic Operations. Previous to that, she worked for the New York Restaurant School, Art Institute of Houston, Nova Southeastern University, Jones College, and Florida National College.