At the Capitol with Chicano and Latino Youth
July 22, 2015

At the Capitol with Chicano and Latino Youth

Downtown Sacramento was a little louder today, as the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) held a press conference on the north steps of the Capitol. Their chants of “si, se puede” (yes we can!) echoed for blocks, the collective effort of 120 voices roaring throughout the city.

High school students from around the state of California apply and interview to be considered for this prestigious program. “They come from everywhere between San Diego all the way to Fort Bragg. One student came all the way from Bishop, CA, with her parents driving for 5 hours just so she could participate,” says Leonard Sanchez, who has been volunteering with CLYLP since 2005.

Only 120 participants were selected this year out of more than 600 applicants. Those accepted spend 10 days in Sacramento learning new leadership skills, exploring academic opportunities and meeting new friends. It is an opportunity for Chicano, Latino and other youths to envision themselves as the future leaders of California. All of this is provided at no cost to the student, as the program is funded by multiple donors including the CSU and UC systems.

Sac State has hosted the group for over a decade, and 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of the College of Continuing Education (CCE) administering the program. Sanchez boasted about his experience planning the event with CCE. “The committee meets before the event to make sure everything is ready, and to make sure the program runs smoothly. I’ve had a great experience with CCE and definitely want to continue this relationship in the future.”

Read more about the program in our Winter 2011 issue of Access Magazine (page 20-23).

Read & hear Capital Public Radio’s coverage of the event.

-Article by Deborah Chen