• Loveland Hispanic Latino Leadership Institute (H.L.L.I.)

    In the Fall of 1991, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) created the roots of the Hispanic Latino Leadership Institute (HLLI). HLLI is one component of the CSAP Community Prevention Training (CCPT). Culture-specific institutes were developed for African Americans, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanic/Latinos. Many local community members have worked to create the program that exists today in Northern Colorado. The Spring 2002 Ft. Collins HLLI spurred the creation of the first Loveland HLLI through a community action plan developed during that leadership institute. The first annual HLLI was hosted by the Thompson School District (TSD) in Loveland in October of 2002. Since then, students and community members from Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins have continued to make it a success each year. In its’ eighth year, the 2009 event was sponsored by the Thompson School District’s Office of Equity and Diversity and in-kind donations from community partners. It is part of Thompson’s Student Support Services Departmental efforts to provide additional educational options for Latino youth to become actively engaged in their school and community by learning about their cultural identity and becoming empowered learners to create effective change in their community.


    Program Goal:

    The goal of the Loveland Hispanic Latino Leadership Institute is to use the cultural strengths, values and traditions of Latinos as a unifying basis from which to respond to challenges facing the Latino community, including keeping students connected to school.


    • Positively impact youth through the knowledge and understanding of their cultural identity
    • Provide youth with adequate tools for prevention of negative behaviors in their own lives
    • Encourage the development and implementation of a plan of action that will benefit themselves as individuals and assist their communities

    For more information, please contact  (970) 613-5020.

    Cultural Responsiveness Leadership Team (CRLT)

    The Thompson School District supports creating leaders who are knowledgeable in cultural responsiveness to create a school/site team in order to:

    1. Meet the needs of ALL students
    2. Prepare ALL students for a diverse world!


    As part of the first annual CRLT, participants are developing skills to:

    • Become more culturally responsive
    • Become a resource for teachers for culturally responsive practice
    • Lead a site based team addressing cultural responsiveness