Latinos In Action

Latinos in Action

We are so excited to announce we have a new LIA program at Liberty Middle School!

Welcome to our famiLIA

Latinos In Action (LIA)offers an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students, working from within the educational system to create positive change. Our program operates as a year-long elective course taught by a highly qualified teacher at the middle school, junior high and high school level with the goal of empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. We accomplish this by focusing on four pillars: leveraging personal and cultural assets, excelling in education, serving the community, and developing leadership skills.

Because of this unique combination, the LIA model has proven effective throughout the United States. Our students go on to successfully complete post-secondary education and earn a livable wage at a higher rate than the national average while continuing to lead and strengthen their communities. In 2015, LIA was awarded the White House Bright Spot for Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Excellence in Hispanic Education. We are currently in 164 schools throughout Idaho, Illinois, Florida, and Utah. In the 2018-2019 school year, LIA will be launching in California and Ohio.


By design, LIA students engage in three evidenced-based, core components during class time:


College and Career Readiness Curriculum

Our culturally relevant, college and career readiness curriculum bolsters students’ current academic performance while preparing them for their futures as college-bound students and contributing members of society. The curriculum offers high-quality instruction on post-secondary education options and readiness, personal development, professionalism, and an exploration of one’s cultural heritage through literary and performing arts.

Leadership Development

Each LIA student gains real-life leadership experience by participating in student-lead service, social, and professional committees. We are scaffolding their leadership skills and then infusing the students back into the school community, better prepared to lead and serve.


Literacy Tutoring

From approximately October to April, LIA students serve as role models, mentors, and literacy tutors for neighboring elementary school students. This partnership helps both parties develop linguistic proficiency, refine social skills, and deepen their understanding of the value of being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.


Latinos in Action website

A note from your LIA Advocate:

As the Latinos in Action Advocate for Liberty Middle School ; we look forward to an amazing year of partnership with Three Points Elementary and the University of Central Florida . I am your school Advocate or Latinos in Action teacher and I am so excited about what all our students will accomplish.

I am also proud to announce our three new parent committee members who are Ruthie Flynn , Marie Ruiz and Kim Santos . Their children who have accomplished the LIA Bootcamp Benchmarks: Makenzie Santizo, Luis Santos and Daniel Ruiz will  serve as our new LIA  student committee leaders of Service, Leadership and Mentorship. LIA is a movement that helps our community and a place of belonging.

We are more than parents , students and staff ; we are a famiLIA who finds a purpose in helping our community through leadership, service and mentoring. A special thank you to the Figueroa Law Firm who has sponsored our LIA uniforms. 

LIA looks forward to bringing you many meaningful school events; Hispanic Heritage Month, Three Kings Day, Black History Month and the Multilingual Awards Celebration and much more. If you have any questions or would like to contribute  to LIA please contact me at [email protected].

Best Regards ,

Mrs. Alexandra Moa- Ramos – Advocate Teacher 


LIA Team : Mrs. Raquel Vazquez  & Mrs. Kirsten Pateracki

OCPS Minority Achievement Office - Dr. James Lawson

LIA Founder - Dr. Jose Enriquez 

US Dept of Education- Advocate / 7 Mindsets Roberto Rivera<