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Civic Leader Education & Advocacy Program

The Civic Leader Education & Advocacy Program (CLEAP) in Mexico City, organized by Voces Unidas de las Montañas (Voces Unidas), is an educational and advocacy program that creates opportunities for grassroots Latino leaders in Colorado to learn about the intersectionality of U.S. and Mexican public policies and explore the current and historical role advocacy has played in past and current U.S. and Mexican policies impacting immigrants, migrants and the Mexican diaspora living in the U.S.

The program will create opportunities for participants to gain a deep understanding of current and historical U.S. and Mexican public policies, immerse participants in today’s Mexican cultural, civic and political context and practice advocacy skills during the program. 


CLEAP uses the following principles to accomplish the program's learning objectives: 

  1. Adult learning theory, a framework that suggests that adults learn best by doing and need to see the immediate application of skills or knowledge; 

  2. Socratic method creates a cooperative dialogue between participants based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying presuppositions; and 

  3. Participatory action research, a qualitative research methodology that involves researchers and participants collaborating to understand social issues and take actions to bring about social change.

Program Dates: March 9 through July 31, 2023

Pre-trip Assignments: 8-10 hrs of self-study

Trip to Mexico City: July 3-8, 2023

Cost: Voces Unidas has available scholarships that cover 100% of the program and travel costs. 

Spots Available: Program is full. To be added to the waitlist, contact your organizer. 

The application process for the 2023 program is now closed.

2023 participants

Voces Unidas has selected a total of 11 participants for the 2023 Civic Leader Education & Advocacy Program (CLEAP) in Mexico City. Participants were selected based on their passion and interest in the program learning objectives as well a demonstrated track record of participation in their community and with local community organizations. 


Meet our program facilitators

Sample Itinerary for Mexico City

Day 1 - Monday, July 3, 2023

  • Travel to Mexico City

  • Welcome reception and dinner 


Day 2 - Tuesday, July 4, 2023 

  • Opening session

  • Group lunch

  • Educational session

  • Group dinner


Day 3 - Wednesday, July 5, 2023

  • Educational session

  • Lunch on your own

  • Dinner on your own


Day 4 - Thursday, July 6, 2023

  • Educational session

  • Group lunch

  • Advocacy session

  • Group dinner 


Day 5 - Friday, July 7, 2023

  • Closing session

  • Lunch on your own

  • Cultural exchange

  • Dinner celebration 


Day 6 - Saturday, July 8, 2023

  • Travel back to Denver

Thank you to our donors, supporters and partners for helping us create opportunities for our leaders. 

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