Excerpt from @LatinoTownhall’s Workshop with #Latino Youth by Pastor Christian Falcon

Summary of what was spoken at the 11th Annual Lawrence Weekly Latino Youth Summit in Las Vegas:


An old proverb says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work he will serve before kings and not before obscure men.” Notice it says a skilled man and not a talented man. Therefore, a skilled person who does an excellent job will serve among the great, because the great is looking for such men and women. But there will be obstacles that a skilled man or woman will face.

The first obstacle is comparison. If Margaret Thatcher compared herself to others, mainly male predecessors, she would never have been the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Next is the obstacle of fear. What do Bill gates, Steve jobs, and Sam Walton have in common? They conquered their fear. They conquered the fear of embarrassment, the fear of failure, and the fear of being different. Now, they are household names.

The final obstacle Latinos will face is that of rejection. My father, for example, was denied a manager’s position in the Department of Transportation. He kept trying, and finally attained his goal. Now, he is the first Hispanic of manager of D.O.T. in the West Coast.

Christian Falcon, at twenty-two years of age, is an ordained minister whose vision is to see people touched, transformed and closer to Jesus Christ. From the age of 14 he started traveling to various places in the United States, South America and Europe to preach in various congregations, feed the poor and cloth the naked. The result; people saved, healed, delivered and transformed in Christ. Now Christian is the Pastor if ICDN and Fernando Foundation Power Soccer in Atlanta, Georgia.


Workforce Leadership Summit and Job Fair – 2012

Student Registration <Download

the College of Southern Nevada & SHNEP – Youth Council

Workforce Leadership Summit & Job Fair
(All High School & College Students Welcome – Ages 16-23)

Friday, April 13th – 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 14th – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at College of Southern Nevada –  Charleston Campus, Bld. K

Facts and Statistics: A Rationale for Summit

The unemployment rate for youth is at 17%—nearly twice the average of the national unemployment rate.Society for Human Resource Management (Nov. 2011)

From April to July 2011, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old rose by 1.7 million to 18.6 million… rate for Hispanic youth was 53.6%.
– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Latino Townhall is currently seeking 100 High School students (ages 16 to 18) and 100 College students (ages 19-23), to attend a Workforce Leadership Summit & Job Fair at the College of Southern Nevada.

Our intent and purpose is to prepare youth for workforce readiness.
Topics to be covered are:

> S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goal Setting
> Cover letter writing & Resume building
> Best Job Interview Practices
> Dress for Success
>  Building Social (Capital) Networks!

> Students will have access to many Job Fair booths with a potential for hire.

Please go to FACEBOOK and “like” Latino Townhall’s page.

The Top 12 Virtues for Teens

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have [virtue] because we have acted rightly.”–Aristotle

Virtue is one of those words you and I don’t hear very often in the mainstream vocabulary. Virtue is basically conforming one’s life and conduct to moral or ethical principles. Moreover, virtue means moral excellence, uprightness and goodness.[1] Virtuous people are known for their conduct, character, and life of integrity. A virtuous person seeks after the highest moral qualities to live his or her life by. This is also true about “history makers.” Would you like to be a world changer? If so, what does it take to make a big impact in this world? The first step is to acquire virtue.

The Primary Virtue: Love
Overlooking the faults of others and building influence

“When love is our highest priority we foster respect in our relationships and honoring becomes a way of life.”
Cathy D. Polyak, 2ndGrade Teacher – Las Vegas, Nevada

Virtue #2: 
The ultimate character test

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”
Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence,
American Founding Father, and the 3rdPresident of the United States

3rd Virtue
Staying “green” in a polluted world

“Our culture desires intimacy without responsibility and pleasure without commitment.”
Kris Vallotton, Author of the book Purity

The 4th Virtue
Staying on task – while achieving your goals

“Self-discipline is that which truly and essentially raises one man above another.”
Joseph Addison (1672–1719) Politician and Magazine Founder

The 5th Virtue
Money Management
Mastering money so it doesn’t master you

“Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.”
James Russell Lowell (1819 -1891) – American Poet, Editor and Diplomat

The 6th Virtue
The sign of a satisfied heart

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Virtue #7: 
Standing strong in the midst of fear and doubt

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
George S. Patton – Four Star General, World War II

The 8th Virtue: 
Refusing to quit – Expecting to win

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
Charles H. Spurgeon, famous 19thCentury Baptist Preacher

Virtue # 9: 
Finding self through silence and solitude

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”
Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) – Author, A Raisin in the Sun

The 10th Virtue: 
Navigating successfully through life and social situations

“Wisdom is the principal thing. Therefore, get wisdom.”
King Solomon – The Wisest Man of All Time

The 11th Virtue: 
Perceiving and interpreting the immediate future for sound decision-making

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
Yogi Berra – Played for the New York Yankees & Hall of Fame Baseball Player

The 12th Virtue: 
The King of all virtues: self-mastery

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) – Leader of Freedom


Is there another virtue you wish to add and elaborate on?

Learn – Live – Love – Lead

Early in 2011, I began contemplating upon our organization’s fundamental pillars… What would Latino Townhall become? What would be our defining pillars? Eventually, I would sum up the character of Latino Townhall by the following four words: Learn – Live – Love – Lead. Here’s why?


We all need to learn, especially the emerging Latino community, since a growing number of immigrants come from other countries where education is limited, or inaccessible in many rural areas. The Latino community’s existence and perpetuity depends upon adopting a learning posture for life. According to statistics, Latinos who attend higher education to acquire a four-year degree actually graduate at a dismal ratio of less than 1 out of every 10 students. This is an embarrassing statistic; we can do better. Latino Townhall is a learning community using the varied tools education has to offer, such as mentoring, leadership development, and coaching to help our community prosper. It’s crucial to use these tools and others to support a community in need of development. Learning equates to prosperity; those who take time to learn are better off than those who cut their eduction short. Learning is one of the central features of our organization.


Learning adds value to our lives, and to those we share life with. As a matter of fact, the quality of life stems from the acquisition of knowledge and the application of wisdom in everyday life. Actually, the ultimate goal of learning is the pursuit of truth. As a matter of fact the quality of your life depends on the truth you follow. Misguided multiculturalism, especially in our post-modern world, seek equality as a virtue but in reality, not all cultures are the same. There are those who are living life to the fullest, and those who do not. Life is all about choice based on truth.


Latinos have a deep love for helping their own community. Latinos are civic minded; and care deeply about their follow man. They hate injustice since they’ve experienced or witnessed it in their own Latin American homeland. When they see an act of injustice in America they emerge with passion to right a wrong. Love is a major feature of the Christian-Judeo faith. Since Latino Townhall has a faith-based lean, love must be its central theme, which must be taught, cherished and practiced in daily life.


In the present moment, and most certainly in the immediate future, Latinos have no other option but to lead. The 2010 Census revealed Latinos are the largest minority group in the nation boasting 50 million strong and growing. Their projected growth in the next ten to twenty years is even more staggering. With these explosive numbers, they have no other option but to lead a nation, or to siphon its resources by its dependence upon entitlements. Leadership is our mantle; it’s our destiny. Latinos are called to be leaders, not followers, contributors not takers, influencers not inferiors. Latino Townhall is dedicated to raising up a generation of Latino leaders by concentrating on the young and the immigrant alike.

NOTE: “Learn – Live – Love – Lead”, in this particular sequence, was claimed by Latino Townhall on Facebook on March 3rd 2011, and it was used previously on a Power Point presentation to 130 Latino youth February 2011.

Latino Education: The Leadership Challenge of the Next Decade

It’s common knowledge by now; the Hispanic population is rapidly increasing in the Southwest region of the United States. Within in the next decade many states will join the state of New Mexico, the first state to boast a majority Hispanic population. We are beyond counting numbers, what’s emerging before us is evident to all. The Latino population is quickly overtaking many school districts, which are inept to deal with specific issues plaguing Hispanics, especially among the children of immigrants. If our educational system is ineffective in delivering education to this group, what will happen within the next decade when the Hispanic population is projected to overtake the system? Giselle Fernandez’ recent Huffington Post article dubbed The Latino Education Imperative opens our eyes to this dilemma:

The stats say it all and cast the same frightening projection: By 2020, Latinos are expected to represent close to 25 percent of the country’s 18-to-29-year-old population. In ten years, nearly ten million Latinos will be 15 to 24 years of age, accounting for nearly a quarter of the total US college-age population.”

These facts are cause for great concern among us. So what are Latino community leaders doing about it? Facing the facts is not easy, especially for many school districts where the student population is shifting to reflect more of a diverse demographic, more so than a decade ago. What educators design and deliver within the next decade will decide America’s future for the next fifty years. So what quality of life and culture will our children inhabit? Will Latinos be an undereducated and dependent class or an enlightened and competitive one in the ever-changing global markets?

The educational system cries out for more money to improve education. This has been the cry for the past 30 years plus, and we’ve seen no national measurable results to justify more. We can no longer wait for problems to arise then counter them with ineffective measures. We must take a proactive, and at times an unpopular stance, to effect change and correct the current system. Therefore, we don’t need managers of old systems, what we desperately need is more innovative leaders to advocate, experiment and introduce new systems of learning. A starting point is drawn from California’s Monterey County whose Hispanic student population is listed at 73%, while Soledad Union School District Hispanic population lists at 94%. Most school districts similar to Monterey’s are quickly making changes to their educational delivery systems to meet this growing trend by adapting their curriculum and hiring more bi-lingual teachers to talk to and orient parents to how their child’s educational system works.

What role should Latinos and others play in our educational system? At this point a desperate one! We need to summon not just the educational leaders together but leaders from the various genres of culture. We need the faith and business communities to step up, and collaborate to create innovative strategies for new educational systems. I’ve always been an advocate for creating learning centers in faith-based organizations who employ educated staff with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Many immigrants and their children attend church faithfully each week. Why not create learning and tutoring centers at these locations? Immigrants have tremendous respect and trust in their faith leaders, and would follow their vision of education. A connection and dialogue with the faith community wouldn’t hurt education but perhaps add wisdom to the current strategy. In addition, business establishments can also add to learning by inspiring their best employees to give their time and talent to local educational centers to mentor, inspire and tutor marginal students. The business community can also create learning centers with an internship program to teach workforce principles. In my experience, Hispanics are more prone to “hands-on” learning; therefore, an interactive approach to learning can enhance their learning experience. Education in the future must seek community oriented solutions rather than the centralized-status-quo mindset that currently exists.

What are your solutions to the emerging Latino educational crises in America?

Social Intelligence

Part IV of a Four Part Series:

Social Intelligence is a word coined by Daniel Coleman from his best seller that bears the same name. According to Coleman Social Intelligence possesses two components. The first is what he calls Social Awareness, that is, what we sense about others. The second is Social Faculty, what we do with that awareness.[i] In other words, how we read others and approach them to gain the best possible connection is what social intelligence is all about. Speaking of “best possible connections” Tim Sanders, author of the book The Likeability Factor writes, “Likeability is an ability to create positive attitudes in other people through the delivery of emotional and physical benefits.” He goes on to say, “By being likeable, by generating positive feelings in others, you gain as well. The quality of your life and the strength of your relationships are the product of a choice-but not necessarily your choice.”[ii] Allow me a personal story. One of my daughters has an uncanny ability to make connections easily. She once took a strengths test from the Gallup organization that revealed her top five strengths. Her gifts are strongly oriented toward people, and she uses these innate gifts quite effectively. Here’s her sample:

  1. Positivity – This person has an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

  2. Activator– They can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.

  3. WOO (Winning Others Over) – They love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction by “breaking the ice” and making a connection.

  4. Communication – This person finds it easy to put their thoughts into words; good conversationalists and presenters.

  5. Empathy– They can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in their lives or situation.

My daughter is gifted with natural leadership and people skills. I have often told her that her calling is to the “people environment” in the capacity of ministry or politics. Social Intelligence is about how people feel when they are around you… an influence that oozes out of your soul and spirit that appeals and draws others toward you. Some call this the Law of Attraction, while the most common usage is simply influence.

Is Social Intelligence associated with the ancient teaching called the Golden Rule: Do unto others and you would have them do to you or is it a new development?

Coleman, Daniel (2006) Social Intelligence. Bantum Dell: New York, NY.
Sanders, Tim (2006) The Likeability Factor. Random House: New York, NY.

Spiritual Intelligence

Part III of a Four Part Series:

A friend of mine was telling me a story about the “favor” he had received from corporate executives of a large grocery store chain on the west coast. Previously he was unemployed looking for any type of work so he took a part time job at a grocery store selling brand food portions to customers from a food cart. Within a few weeks the store manager noticed his product sales go through the roof. This also caught the attention of top brass in the company who eventually offered him a fulltime job with a good salary and bonuses. In addition, he was asked to train local sales managers. He was so good at the initial training sessions that regional and corporate leaders came to his sessions. During one of these meetings my friend was asked about his secret sales magic. He simply responded, “It’s a gift from God.” A quick reply came from one of the executives, “Our company policy dictates you can’t bring up your religious beliefs in these sessions.” However, since he had so much favor from top brass and the store manager they simply allowed him to get by with his antics about God and religion. It seemed they didn’t want to disrupt the “sales magic” he possessed. When you have favor people will relax their policy guidelines and protocol to accommodate you. My friend finished his conversation with me with a grin on his face stating, “Next week they are flying me to California to train more corporate leaders. The favor is simply amazing.” As he talked I couldn’t help but feel favor oozing out of him. It was simply contagious! My friend acquired an irresistible likeability; gained access to people and places he did not have before, and was given unlimited boundaries to speak and to act. How does one acquire such favor?

Spiritual Intelligence is the ability to build and sustain a relationship with God where you build an awareness of His presence and voice, which draws Him closer to you. In time He then releases His unrelenting favor into your life. Favor can be defined in many ways. Cicero coined its original meaning; “to show kindness to someone” or a “gift given as a mark of favor.” Dr. Lance Wallnau defines favor as “the affection of God towards you that releases an influence through you so that other people are inclined to like, trust and cooperate with you.” For me favor is a measure of grace (God’s nature) bestowed on someone, imparting genuine and endearing qualities, which enable you to attract and influence others. As a leader you need the edge that God’s favor can produce for you. If God is for you who can be against you, right?

If God is for you who can be against you, right? How do you cultivate your relationship with God? Do you attract His presence? Do you feel God is working on your behalf, if so, how do you know that He is?