2016 TPP-ACE


2016 Texas Public Policy
And Civic Engagement Training (TPP-ACE) Program


Photo in front of the Tejano Monument on the Texas State Capitol Groundshttps://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ggt02

2016 TPP-ACE Class *** Identification of class in process


The small number of Latinas involved in the political process statewide is startling given that Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in Texas and throughout the country. There are few elected officials to advocate for the needs of this emerging constituency. This is of concern given that many key policy decisions affecting Texas Latinos are made through these entities. While women are emerging at all levels—local, state, and federal—to express their desire to lead, there are few Latinas seeking involvement in the political process. Las Comadres Para Las Americas hopes to change this, one Comadre at a time!†

Servant leadership and civic engagement training encourage people to become agents of change in their communities, while also educating them on the resources and skills to identify the issues they want to effectively address.

Article in Austin, TX American Statesman, Tuesday, March 1
Texas has so far failed to elect a Hispanic woman to Congress


The vision of TPP-ACE is to empower and increase the number of Latina leaders in Texas.


The mission of TPP-ACE is enhance the overall quality and quantity of Latina political leadership in Texas by recruiting and preparing emerging leaders for public office and citizen involvement now and in the future.††


Las Comadres Para Las Americas and the TPP-ACE program are nonpartisan and non-ideological. We seek Latinas from a broad range of ideologies and encourage participants to avoid partisanship throughout the duration of the program. The program seeks to keep a careful partisan balance among the presenters. Areas of focus include ethics and public responsibility.

The TTP-ACE, part of Las Comadres Para Las Americas Legacy Programs Institute†††, is a state-level program designed to encourage Comadres in our Texas cities to participate in the political process by being informed on issues, candidates, and voting.

Time Commitment: There are six trainings, all on Saturdays, from 9am to 6pm. (Dates are subject to change.) Participants are required to attend all sessions. (Sorry, no exceptions.)
1st Session: July 16
2nd Session: August 13
3rd Session: September 17
4th Session: October 22
5th Session: November 19
6th Session: Dec 3 (GRADUATION DAY)

At completion of the program, Las Comadres will award a certificate signed by a Texas legislator (TBD) to all participants who meet all attendance and participation requirements.

Location: Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701. Legislative Conference Center (E2.002A)

Cost: The total suggested donation is a minimum of $550.00. Las Comadres is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Participants are expected to fund raise a minimum of $425.00, practicing the concepts introduced in the TPP-ACE curriculum.

Participants will have access to current and past TPP-ACE participants, for individual feedback on fundraising activities

  1. Donate, using your own funds, a minimum of $125.00, as a contribution to your education in this program.
  2. Apply the fundraising concepts introduced in the TPP-ACE curriculum to raise the remaining minimum donation of $425 in donations from friends, family, and others.

The $550 donation does not include transportation, lodging, and meals. If needed, Las Comadres will attempt to find lodging with Austin comadres to offset these expenses.


The curriculum includes the arenas of public service, servant leadership, policy, and citizenship. A goal is to present the many opportunities for political office, public service, and civic engagement available for consideration in our Texas cities, counties, and state. The training explores the general set of skills required for all positions and then seeks to determine the specific skills required for each position; selection of two or three key positions serve as a model for the other positions. The training explores how women can approach the decision to become more involved in the political process. Content focus includes negotiations, conflict resolution, parliamentary procedure, leadership, fundraising, messaging and presentation of self, and campaign logistics, such as scheduling, budgeting, and voter targeting.

The sessions are a mixture of lectures, panels, readings from books and articles, films, interviews, debates, field trips and evidence from cutting-edge political research about the effects and effectiveness of various campaign techniques. Through case studies and small-group discussions, the curriculum encourages candidates to consider tough choices they are likely to face during an actual campaign so that they can consider how to handle these dilemmas without the pressures of the real campaign.

Service Requirement

Servant leadership and civic engagement training encourage people to become agents of change in their communities, while also educating them on the resources and skills to identify the issues they want to effectively address. For that reason, there are two (required) opportunities to apply training.

Civic Engagement:

All participants accepted into the program must become volunteer deputy registrars and register 10 people to vote, before coming to the first session. To become a registrar, please click on the following link: Become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar


Before coming to the last session, participants are required to identify a group in their community to which they will make a presentation about the valuable information and skills learned from the training,


Presenters are primarily Latina community leaders from across the state of Texas with expertise in specific areas, as well as individuals who have served in public service or who are presently in office. We also include individuals who have run unsuccessful campaigns to share their experiences and recommendations, and family of candidates and/or incumbents to share the effect of the political process on families.


†This program is intended to be replicated in other states, as needed and requested. Former Texas State representative, Mr. Lauro Cruz’s Innovation Hispanic Leadership Program is a precursor to this program. We are deeply grateful to Mr. Cruz.
††The training is nondiscriminatory and nonpartisan and does not participate in campaigns on behalf of candidates running for office.
†††An international community of Latinas strengthened by actively networking and connecting. Our mission is to create opportunities for Latinas through community, culture, technology, education and monthly comadrazos (sm) in cities around the world

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