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SOUTHWEST VOTER REGISTRATION EDUCATION PROJECT INC

SVREP's mission is to empower Latinos and other minorities by increasing their participation in the American democratic process. We do this by strengthening the capacity, experience and skills of Latino leaders, networks, and organizations through programs that consistently train, organize, finance, development, expand and mobilize Latino leaders and voters around an agenda that reflects their values. Thus, SVREP's motto: "Su Voto Es Su Voz" (Your Vote is Your Voice). The mission of SVREP is to, "Empower Latinos and other minorities by increasing their participation in the American democratic process. SVREP accomplishes this by strengthening the capacity, experience and skills of Latino leaders, networks, and organizations through programs that consistently train, organize, finance, development, expand and mobilize Latino leaders and voters around an agenda that reflects their values. Thus, SVREP's motto is: "Su Voto Es Su Voz" (Your Vote is Your Voice).” “Willy”, as William C. Velasquez was known to his colleagues, imagined a society that would allow Latinos to actively participate and lead in the democratic process. SVREP sponsors voter registration projects across the country to register, educate, and promote voting in upcoming elections. SVREP also organizes nonpartisan get-out-the-vote drives to remind people of upcoming election dates. They also advocate at the local, state, and national levels to raise awareness and support voting rights issues. Another key initiative that SVREP sponsors is their Latino Academy. This academy prepares and educates individuals on public speaking, governance, and political activism; once participants have completed the training tracts they are eligible to act as project coordinators, treasurers, and chairs for a voter registration project in their community. Through the program individuals are exposed to grassroots organizing and voter registration and mobilization. There are two participatory levels for individuals, one being centered on youth and one for experienced activists. SVREP also offers financial assistance to cover the cost of room, board, and training materials for those that cannot cover their own expenses. This is relevant today because of the growing clout of Latino voters.

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