Held in Sacramento, the Fundraiser Marks CLYLP’s Legacy of Academic and Professional Advancement for Latino Youth Across California


SACRAMENTO, CA – (May 11, 2022) The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Inc., (CLYLP) — a nonprofit that builds the leadership capacity of California’s youth—celebrated the kickoff to its 40th anniversary with a reception in the state’s capital.  The fundraiser was hosted in partnership with the California Latino Legislative Caucus, and honored the contributions of alumni, volunteers, students, Latino community advocates and Latino elected officials.

“For 40 years, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project has been at the forefront of preparing our state’s public and private sector leaders,” said Iván Carrillo, CLYLP Board President. “Our proud history is linked to that of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and we are grateful for their unwavering support. We move forward with continued urgency and a great sense of responsibility, as our work is as important as ever.”

“As Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, it is my pleasure to join my colleagues in celebrating forty years of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project,” said Senator María Elena Durazo, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “The Caucus is proud to stand with CLYLP, a program that exposes young leaders to career opportunities in public service and beyond. The many alumni that walk the halls of our state’s capitol are a testament to the legacy of CLYLP and we look forward to many more years of impact.”

“The success of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project is a reflection of the many alumni working to advance policy that uplifts all Californians,” said Assemblymember Robert Rivas, Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “Whether they follow a career in public service or take their skills to other sectors, CLYLP alumni are making a difference every day thanks to this exceptional program.”

For four decades, thousands of high school students from throughout the state have benefited from CLYLP programs that enhance leadership skills, academic preparedness, self-esteem, cultural awareness, and provide an understanding of state and local government. CLYLP further supports alumni of its high school programs through its legislative fellowship, scholarships, career development, and its vast professional network.

“The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project teaches youth that their voice matters and that they belong in the halls of our state capitol to ensure justice and equity for their communities,” said Victor Torres, a CLYLP program alumnus and Senior Legislative Aide for the Office of California State Senator Josh Becker. “The experiences I’ve gained and the people I’ve met through CLYLP will forever be a watershed moment of my personal and professional journey. I join the thousands of proud alumni in honoring CLYLP’s 40 years of impact.”

To celebrate this milestone and continue its efforts, individuals including supporters and alumni of CLYLP are encouraged to consider making a $40 or more donation to CLYLP by visiting clylp.org


About CLYLP: The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc. (CLYLP) was founded in 1982 with the primary purpose of preparing students to participate in California’s economic, social and political development. CLYLP is guided by the overall theme “California’s Future Leaders,” and its programs emphasize the importance of culture, community, college and careers. For more information visit clylp.org





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