Our work

The Congress of Latino Organizations works to develop Latino leaders throughout North Carolina, so they can be prepared to act on issues affecting them at a local, state, and federal level.


Relational organizing is the foundation of all of our work. Relational organizing requires developing relationships of trust among a diverse array of institutions and their leaders.

This model of broad-based organizing has been developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) over the last sixty years, and engages leaders in a cycle of organizing that incorporates:

  • identifying and developing leaders within and across member institutions;
  • building relationships among leaders of diverse backgrounds, both one-on-one (individual meetings), and in larger groups
  • discerning the issues that motivate broad participation and can lead to successful action within each member organization
  • engaging in strategic action around issues that have been identified, researched, and negotiated within and between member institutions
  • reflecting and evaluating during every step of the cycle to ensure that leaders deepen their understanding of their experience, and continue to improve their organizing skills


The NCCLO is committed to the nurturing of local leadership, the strengthening of grassroots organizations and the active participation of organizations and their leaders creating solutions to their own problems. 

The staff and consultants of the Congress provide the leaders of member and allied organizations with access to training opportunities to increase their capacity to affect change in their communities.


The provision of capacity building takes place through:

1) regional and statewide academies where leaders obtain and practice organizational development and community organizing skills;

2) On site technical assistance tailored to the specific needs of the organization


Research actions to understand issues and potential solutions.   We do power analysis so we identify targets, allies and resources.   The common agenda of change develops the action and formulates demands.


To get recognition from people or institutions that hold power, and get a specific reaction to our action.   A collective action, develops leaders. 


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