Leonila Vega Voices Institute
The Leonila Vega Voices Institute helps direct care workers, worker association and coalition staff, and other advocates develop their leadership, advocacy, and organizational development skills, so they can advocate more effectively for better direct care jobs.
The Direct Care Alliance selects direct care worker leaders for this intensive, week-long retreat, where they learn about advocacy, fundraising, organizational development, message development, and more.
The first Voices Institute National Leadership Program was held in May 2008. There have been three more highly successful national trainings since then.
State and Regional
The Voices Institute also offers state-based and regional trainings to build and strengthen worker-led associations. These are usually a condensed version of the national training that last for two to three days. Locations have included New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Arizona and New York, where Voices Institute modules were incorporated into a program to improve the leadership skills of a select group of direct care workers so they can better advocate for improved working conditions, career advancement, and respect at the nursing homes where they work.
Changing the World
Voices Institute graduates are changing the world by:
Read more about the Leonila Vega Voices Institute and the direct care worker leaders it has inspired.
Direct from the Headlines
- Why direct care worker wages are key to closing the gender wage gap
- The state of the direct care worker
- Why direct care workers are the new face of our economy
- DCA board member Erin Hayes says direct care workers make her family's life possible
- DCA's Tracy Dudzinski on why home care co-ops are a good business model
- The Huffington Post on the new minimum wage and overtime rule
- Bloomberg BusinessWeek on the rule and more recent coverage
- How low-wage workers--including DCA's Elizabeth Castillo--are falling further behind