Lideres Comunitarias - Community Leaders

Lideres Comunitarias - Community Leaders

Lideres Comunitarias (Community Leaders) is a leadership initiative that creates an opportunity for Latina women to be actively involved in creating change in their community.

The program was implemented in La Paz in 2012 and was modeled after "Casa de Esperanza,"  a nationally recognized program run in St. Paul, Minnesota, as an empowerment tool to encourage civic engagement amongst the Latina residents. La Paz found this program a natural fit to engage alumnae of the Entre Nosotras ( Amongst Women) program to empower and draw out the women’s natural strengths.  

La Paz maintains its direct services through Entre Nosotras, but through Lideres Comunitarias it expands the level of impact of those recognized as future leaders. By training and giving the women leaders opportunities to facilitate workshops on domestic violence and related topics through community presentations, La Paz is able to fulfill its mission of partnering with the community to empower and engage Chattanooga’s Latino population through education, advocacy and inclusion.

Currently our Lideres Comunitarias are hosting workshops and platicas for Entre Nosotras and the community at large.  The topics covered are not limited to Domestic Violence Prevention. They also represent La Paz at community events and serve as a consulting committee for La Paz board and staff.  

Platicas available for the community:  

*Exploring the impact of family violence on the family nucleus.

* Bullying and Depression in Children and Adolescents

* Understanding Alcoholism: Research on the causes and consequences.

For More Information

To learn more, please contact Jessica Cliche, Director of Health and Wellness, at or call the La Paz office at 423-624-8414.