About:  The Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative (LCEC), formerly known as the Hispanic Civic Engagement Project, was established in 2009 with a seed grant from the Hispanic Development Fund of Greater Kansas City. Collectively, the Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative (LCEC) brings over 300 years of operational experience. The LCEC is dedicated to supporting the delivery of education, health, mental health, business development, housing, economic development and social services for the Latino population of Kansas City.      

The Hispanic community is growing faster than any other segment of Kansas City's population. Hispanics already comprise 5.2 percent of Kansas City's population, numbering more than 133,000 and growing. With this growth comes an ever-increasing demand for high quality, affordable, and bilingual (Spanish and English) social services.

The Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative (LCEC) is a collaborative of non-profit executivesthat speaks with a unified voice to bring about measurable improvements in the quality of life for Latinos in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Vision: The Latino community in Kansas City, Missouri will be healthy politically, economically, educationally, physically and emotionally. It will have an empowered civic voice and will be recognized and appreciated by the broader community. 

Consortium Members: 
The group includes executive directors from many Latino- serving organizations in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include the following organizations: 
Cabot Westide Health Center: To provide quality, culturally sensistive, primary health and dental care, and education services to individuals in the Westide and across the Greater Kansas City area regardless of their ability to pay. 
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City: To create, advance, promote and develop economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community. 
Hispanic Economic Development Corporation: To develop and implement economic development initiatives that will positively contribute to the quality of life for Latinos in Kansas City. 
LULAC National Education Service Center: To provide the highest quality educational opportunities that will empower members of the Hispanic/Latino Community to maximize their personal and educational potential in order to become lifelong learners and leaders.
Mattie RhodesCenter: Mattie Rhodes Center enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a respectful, multicultural environment.
Westide Housing Organization: To revitalize and create sustainable neigborhoods that are safe, affordable, and diverse communities where people want to live, work and play. 

Three-Year Goals
By 2014, LCEC will have: 
1. Have obtained National Council of La Raza's committment for a scheduled date to bring the annual conference to Kansas City. 
2. Placed at least 10 local Latinos in leadership positions as employees and/or as members of boards and commissions. 
3. Developed dissmeinated a marketing product that detailsthe needs of Hispanics in Kansas City (and enhances LCEC's visibility and branding)- this might include a Latino Equity Index, a needs assessment update, or articles providing issue analyses. 
4. Ensure that LCEC has the infrastructure and resources needed to work efficiently and fulfill its mission. 

                                                   LCEC News
LCEC June 2012 Newsletter

LCEC 2012 Annual Report

Another look at Latinos is Needed
, written by Mary Sanchez. Kansas City Star. August 5th, 2012. 

Kansas City Hispanic Needs Assessment, Press Release. September 12, 2012.  UserFiles/HNA survey Press Release 9-11-12.pdf

Hispanic Needs Assesment Research Underway, written by Edie R. Lambert. Dos Mundos. September 27th, 2012. UserFiles/Hispanic Needs Assessment research underway- FRONT.pdf
UserFiles/Hispanic Needs Assessment research underway.pdf

Press Release
September 19, 2012
Russ Oates
Characteristics of the 60 Largest
Hispanic Metropolitan Areas
In 50 of the Top 60, Mexican-Origin Hispanics are
the Largest Hispanic Group
Nearly half (45%) of the nation's Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas and more than three-in-four (76%) live in 60 of the largest Hispanic metropolitan areas, according to an analysis of 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.
The Los Angeles, California, metropolitan area has the nation's largest Hispanic population—5.7 million—and alone accounts for more than one-in-ten (11%) Hispanics nationally. The New York-Northeastern New Jersey metropolitan area is the second largest by Hispanic population (4.2 million) and is home to 8% of Hispanics nationwide. Overall, 10 metropolitan areas have one million or more Hispanic residents.
In addition, the Pew Hispanic analysis finds that in 13 of the 60 metropolitan areas, Hispanics are a majority of all residents. In two—Laredo, Texas, and McAllen, Texas—the Hispanic population share is above 90%.
The Hispanic origin composition in the top 60 metropolitan areas also varies. In Miami-the seventh largest Hispanic metropolitan population-Cubans make up more than half (54%) of all Hispanics. In the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia, area—the 12th largest Hispanic metropolitan population—Salvadorans are the largest, making up 34% of the area's Hispanic population. Puerto Ricans are the largest Hispanic origin group in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/New Jersey, area—the 24th largest Hispanic metropolitan area—making up more than half (53%) of all Hispanics there.
Mexican-Americans are by far the nation's largest Hispanic origin group, comprising 65% of the total Hispanic population in the United States. They are also the largest Hispanic origin group in 50 of the 60 metropolitan areas covered by this report, and make up more than half of the Hispanic population in 46 of them. Additionally, in 33 of these metro areas Mexicans are not only the largest Hispanic origin group, they are also bigger than any other racial or ethnic group.
This report compares the 10 metropolitan areas with the largest Hispanic populations on a range of demographic and socioeconomic variables—including Hispanic origin, age, nativity, citizenship, education, English proficiency, household income, homeownership, poverty and health insurance.
Accompanying this report are statistical profiles for each of the 60 largest metropolitan areas by Hispanic population. Each statistical profile describes the demographic, employment and income characteristics of the Hispanic population in that metropolitan area, as well as the area's non-Hispanic white and black populations. Also accompanying the report are two interactive maps showing key characteristics of the Hispanic population in each of the nation's 60 largest metropolitan areas by Hispanic population and the distribution of the six largest Hispanic origin groups across the nation's more than 3,000 counties.
The report, "Characteristics of the 60 Largest Metropolitan Areas by Hispanic Population," authored by Seth Motel and Eileen Patten, research assistants, Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website,
The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.