Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program

LNESC’s Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program (HLOP) is focused on cultivating and inspiring future Latino leaders. HLOP brings students together with local business, political, and community leaders to discuss challenges facing their community.  


Students are given time to reflect and analyze the leadership styles they experience and are put through a leadership curriculum that develops valuable skills, including time management and critical thinking. With the help of local community leaders, participants become actively involved in a community-based leadership project that has a direct impact on policy issues within their community. Through hands-on interaction and an emphasis on the value and role of leadership in addressing the needs of Hispanic Americans, participants are challenged to become successful in their chosen profession, while becoming change agents in their own lives and their community.


Program Design


LNESC’s Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program seeks to create a motivational environment for Hispanic high school students that encourages and nurtures them to become leaders in their communities.  Participants observe, analyze, and become directly involved with social, economic, and political issues and the leaders who deal with those issues. Designed as a leadership development program for up to 30 Hispanic high school students per site, the HLOP is an 18-week hands-on leadership program delivered to 9th through 12th-grade high school students to prepare them for life after high school.  Program services are provided on a weekly basis, and field trips and workshops are held on a monthly basis. The program helps students become part of the decision making culture with an active role in the shaping of their community. Students gain a greater awareness of their own decision-making process and with it a respect for the unique world-view of others. The end of course practicum consists of a community improvement project to allow the participants to utilize their new skills and knowledge.

HLOP  Location

Kansas City, Missouri 

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