Women’s Empowerment is a group that meets weekly throughout the year in an effort to increase leadership and advocacy skills. The group of women get the opportunity to learn about civic rights, community engagement, and personal development. In addition, meals and discussions on parenting, mental health, domestic violence, and language skills are shared.



Empowerment works to develop skills to bring the community together through events like Fiestas Patrias, a traditional Latinx celebration. The group spent countless hours sewing folkloric dresses and creating choreography for a parade on Leadville’s Harrison Avenue followed by a gathering at the local Elks Lodge.

Other events happen throughout the year, new members are always welcome!

Karla has lived in Colorado for 22 years and had been on staff with Full Circle since 2015. She arrived in Leadville in December of 1994 from Santa Barbara Chihuahua, Mexico, also a small mining town like Leadville. Karla graduated from High School in Leadville in 2000.

During her last year of high school, Karla was part of Full Circle’s peer counselors group, which gave her a sense of hope and inclusiveness. Being a part of Full Circle gave Karla opportunities that she would not have previously had.

After briefly living in Summit County, Karla moved back to Leadville for the tight-knit community feel. Being bilingual, Karla is invaluable in our ability to communicate with Lake County’s Latino communities. Karla has three beautiful daughters: Mariana, Maya, and Monique (10, 8, 3).

To contact Karla about her programs or services Full Circle offers to Latino families in general, please feel free to contact her at:

karla@fullcircleleadville.org OR (719) 486-2400