LAEN Communications Strategy 2019

LAEN is launching a Communications Team + Strategy for 2019 which will have teams working on LAEN’s Newsletter, Social Media and Web Content, as well as a new quarterly Journal highlighting our communities’ lived experiences and work.

LAEN Newsletter gets sent out about once a month and provides updates on LAEN, Latin America Organizations, School Board, and access to our Google Drive which is updated almost daily with new opportunities and events in our community!!!! Click Here to Sign Up for Our Newsletter Today!!! 

LAEN’s Communications Team + Strategy will serve the community by:

  • Sharing events + opportunities to stay connected as a community
  • Distributing critical information as needed
  • Highlighting + providing marketing space for people doing great work in our communities
  • Providing information re: community supports, work + volunteer opportunities
  • Creating a platform for youth, educators + community members to excel through contributions to LAEN publications and/or volunteering for the Communications Team where they have the opportunity to build capacity in communications planning, writing, editing, media/graphics creation + publishing
  • Creating inclusive, diverse, culturally-relevant + accessible mediums for our community to share their work and lived experiences, whether that is through research, articles, or art forms such as poetry, short stories/reflections, + visual art

How can you support this initiative?



Our Communications Team is made up of three working groups. It will be volunteer-based to start and include honorariums pending funding in 2019. Volunteer your time or encourage youth, educators ­­­+ community members to volunteer in one of the following teams:

Newsletter Team – organizes content + prepares the monthly newsletter

Social Media + Website Team – connects LAEN members + creates engaging content, communicates with Newsletter Team to share events + opportunities on social platforms

Journal + Publications Team –visions, plans, + organizes quarterly journal publications, supports grant writing to help fund all Communications Team efforts, creates opportunities for youth collaboration + contribution through organizing creative workshops

To volunteer, email for details or submit an application HERE



LAEN welcomes content contributions in the form of research or editorial articles, art, creative writing, photography + more! We also encourage community members to email us with ideas for our Communications Team or to share events, opportunities, + other information that you would like us to distribute to the wider community.

Email to get in touch or fill out our quick survey HERE to tell us what you would like to see in LAEN Communications!



To make this initiative accessible + inclusive, we would like to offer honorariums to content contributors + to the teams behind the magic. We also need funds for printing hard copies of the LAEN Journal + Newsletter so that they can be distributed within our communities.

You can support us by donating to LAEN and/or sharing this page. To make a donation contact You can also come out to our fundraiser party: DATE To Be Announced!



Spread the word with youth, students, educators, + community members in your circles!

You can sign up to receive LAEN’s Newsletter + Journal online by emailing or filling out our online form HERE



Join our Communications Team!

LAEN Newsletter Callout

Support LAEN’s Communications, Newsletter, and Journal Publishing initiatives. We hope to start publishing in 2019! Contribute and build Communications, Social Media, Editing, and Graphics skills while strengthening our community networks!


LAEN Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter – Toronto

LAEN Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter TorontoSHOW UP TONIGHT!!!!!
Estamos aquí! Demostremos nuestro apoyo a Black Lives Matter Toronto esta noche juntxs! WE ARE HERE, let’s show up tonight all in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto

Cuando: Martes, 22 de marzo, 7:00 p.m. / When: Tonight! Tuesday, March 22

Donde/Where: 40 College St. (Bay y College), Toronto

Desde el 21 de marzo, Black Lives Matter Toronto esta ocupando el predio fuera la jefatura de la policía de Toronto protestando la violencia racista de la policía, específicamente los asesinatos de Andrew Loku, Jermaine Carby, Alex Wettlaufer, y Melkioro Gahungu. La policía reaccionó violentamente en dos ocasiones a pesar de que es una protesta pacífica. Black Lives Matter Toronto esta pidiendo el apoyo de todxs sus aliadxs. Vamos a demostrar el apoyo de nuestrxs comunidades que también incluyen Black Lives!!! Black and Latinx are not exclusive…vamos APOYAR TODXS! ESTAMOS AQUI!

In addition to our presence, BLMTO states that they need:
1. TARPS: we need them, we need them, please bring to the site.
2. Umbrellas: we need them, please bring to the site. *both of these things can be purchased, if you want that to be your donation.
3. Snacks are no longer needed but if you can sign up to make a HOT MEAL for approximately 30 people, let us know and we’ll plug you into the schedule.
4. RUBBER MAID BINS – to protect food and gear from the coming rain! and the usual supplies are also needed: -POSTER PAPER -MITTENS (dollar store has them) -hand warmers -sleeping bags -cushions to sit on -lawn chairs
5. E-transfers can be made to purchase these items and many other things needed at: (question: what is this for, answer: tentcity) ‪#‎BLKCITY‬ ‪#‎BLMTOblackout‬ ‪#‎BLMTO‬ ‪#‎BLMTOTentCity‬

On March 21st, Black Lives Matter activists pitched tents at the Toronto Police headquarters and started an occupation to protest the police killings of Andrew Loku, Jermaine Carby, Alex Wettlaufer, Melkioro Gahungu, and others. Cops reacted to the peaceful protest by attacking the crowd on two separate occasions, all in order to extinguish their campfire, confiscate their tents, and pour chemicals all over their firewood. Since then, the protest has only grown.

Follow Black Lives Matter-Toronto Coalition in facebook for updates, and check out #BLMTO and #BLMTOtentcity on twitter.

PHOTOSHOOT TODAY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2016 for Black-Latinxs, Afro-Latinxs and Latinegrxs!

Black-Latinxs, Afro-Latinxs, Latinegrxs don’t forget to come out today! Didn’t register? No worries you can still drop by for the ‪#‎PeloNaturalPeloBueno‬ photoshoot!!! Nos vemos!

#‎PeloNaturalPeloBueno‬ ‪#‎NaturalHairGoodHair‬ PHOTOSHOOT TODAY FOR THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS AFRO-LATINXS, BLACK-LATINXS AND LATINEGRXS!!!! ‪#‎BlackLatinxHistory‬ ‪#‎BlackHistoryMonth‬ ‪#‎AfricanDiaspora‬ ‪#‎BlackDiaspora‬ ‪#‎BlackIsBeautiful‬

Here’s the information:

WHEN: TODAY Sunday, February 28th at 3-5pm
WHERE: The Spot Youth Centre, 1 York Gate Blvd
2nd floor in Yorkgate Mall, North York
(nearest intersection Jane and Finch)

Can’t make it? Share your own pic of you and your hair on social media using #PeloNaturalPeloBueno & #NaturalHairGoodHair

& No worries! We will have ongoing photo shoots if you can’t make it to this one!

Any questions? Contact us! See you TODAY!

LAEN Call to Action Photo Shoot - February 28, 2016

Call Out to Community – Have your voices heard against unsafe spaces/practices of the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC)

LATEST UPDATE: The meeting with Toronto City Officials is over; but that does not stop us from continuing to advocate to push to the forefront the marginalized voices of our communities such as Black-Latinxs, Indigenous People of Abya Yala and the Queer Latinx Diaspora. We will continue pushing for accountability, transparency and inclusive spaces in every way possible not only through City Hall.

So please continue providing us with your letters regardless of the due date so that we can continue uniting against unsafe spaces!

In Solidarity,

LAEN Co-Chairs


IMMEDIATE ATTENTION & CALL OUT TO COMMUNITY – United against unsafe spaces at the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC)

Have you ever had a negative experience with the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC)?

Were you ever in a toxic or hostile environment while attempting to participate in these spaces?

Were you afraid to speak up against HCHC since you thought nothing would be done or you were too scared since you thought you were alone?

You are NOT alone.

Check out the letter and email us your experiences to have your voices heard at Toronto City Hall.
Due date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:59pm.


Call Out to Community regarding Concerns against HCHC

Black History – Black Liberation – Black Latinx History

Celebrate the ‪#‎BlackHistoryMonth‬ by listening to this fierce Black-Latina with her ‪#‎PeloNaturalPeloBueno‬! Afro-Latinx, Black-Latinx, Latinegrx ESTAMOS AQUI! African and Black Diaspora & PROUD!

Check out the link!!!

‪#‎BlackHistoryMonth‬ ‪#‎BlackLatinxHistory‬ ‪#‎BlackLiberation‬‪#‎AfricanDiaspora‬ ‪#‎BlackDiaspora‬ ‪#‎BlackIsBeautiful‬ This is what’s up!!!

#‎BlackIsBeautiful‬ don’t let anyone tell you different!
‪#‎BlackLatinxHistory‬ ‪#‎BlackDiaspora‬ ‪#‎AfricanDiaspora


LATINX PARENTS FOR CHANGE: “Beyond Understanding the Education System” is a collaborative initiative of Working Women Community Centre (WWCC), the Mennonite New Life Centre (MNLC) and the Latin American Education Network  (LAEN).

Parents from Latin American are positively disposed to participation in the school system as a vehicle to support and enhance their children’s education. However, numerous barriers continue to exist in realizing the full potential of this kind of civic engagement. These barriers are multiple and complex; over the next three years will identify these barriers and will strengthen the engagement of elementary parents from Latin America to participate in the life of their schools.

To this end, we are inviting parents of elementary school children from Latin America to be part of the community assessment we are developing as a first phase of the project by joining one of the following focus groups:

March 1 * 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Ephraim’s Community Centre
1875 Sheppard Av. West M3L 1Y6

March 16 * 6:00-8:00 pm
Mennonite New Life Centre
2737 Keele St M3M 2E9

March 23 * 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Downsview Public Library
2793 Keel St. M3M 2G3

TTC tokens and refreshments will be provided and childminding will be available upon request.

For more information and registration check the flyer!