A Call to Service
A few minutes ago we posted an article discussing the lack of leadership amongst Latinos in this country. Well, there are certainly leaders among us; we are by no means distinct in that our culture is devoid of leadership potential. But, for some reason we have had a difficult time bringing our leaders to the forefront. Perhaps they have been trumped by leaders from other cultures, perhaps they have been held back due to socio-economic or other factors, or perhaps, and this is the big one, we ourselves are so rarely united that even natural leaders find it difficult to bring us together.
In a very short period of time, Latinos have become the largest minority in this country. We are in fact, set to become the majority in the very near future. With this prevalence comes responsibility. In order to ensure our beliefs and cultural ties are represented in our governments, we need to develop leaders, and unite behind them. I for one believe it will eventually come naturally, as real leaders will surface regardless of circumstance, however, if we can offer additional opportunities for leadership that will, in turn, provide experience and confidence, then we can aid in their development.
In order to contribute our small part, The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce is seeking individuals for leadership roles in several cities across the country. We are looking for people of only the highest character, who have a pure and benevolent intent to help our fellow-man and to promote our mutual goals of supporting our communities through economic development. In order to do so, we will acquire volunteers interested in leading the opening and development of chapters throughout the U.S. After all, Latinos are everywhere, and everywhere there are Latinos and women in need of our help.
If you are interested in one of these leadership roles, please send us an email to info@NPRChamber.org. You will have an immense amount of help in developing your local chapter, but will also have the autonomy to build an organization to best suit your local needs. In the end, you will have promoted the advancement of minority business and community development and will have been a benevolent contributor to our growth as a people and as a country.
I will leave you with one final quote, which we should all live by:
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty, must undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” –Thomas Paine.
If we want to keep our freedom, we all have to contribute in our own way.
Help us, help each other.
–Justin Velez-Hagan, National Executive Director