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The Lao Leaders Project

The Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota administers programs that serve low-income Lao community members and strives to meet their basic needs, increase self-reliance, and promote leadership and cultural equality. The Lao Leaders Project is focused on organizing and training emerging Lao leaders in North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, and Brooklyn Park. The project will recruit and train a new generation of younger, emerging Lao professionals who are expressing a desire to participate in the strengthening of their community. This effort will work to educate and empower these younger Lao community members to make positive impacts in their community by placing them onto the governing boards and advisory groups of organizations and entities that are serving/representing the needs and interest of the Lao community. By encouraging emerging Lao leaders into serving their community, the project will elevate new Lao community voices to influence decision making on issues that directly impact the well-being of the broader Lao community.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988