Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project

It could have been any other day at the County. Debate in the Board of Supervisors’ hearing room was in full swing.  The topic?  Redistricting.

Insightful commentary came from the chairs generally occupied by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Zev Yaroslavsky, Don Knabe, and Michael D. Antonovich, but something was different.  Each of the Supervisors’ chairs was occupied by students just barely of voting age, participants in the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project.

The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Los Angeles Institute (CLYLP LAI) is an intensive three-day leadership training conference held at the University of California Los Angeles that was developed in 2006 in response to the overwhelming number of applicants from the Los Angeles region to the Sacramento CLYLP Conference. Now in its 5th year, the Los Angeles Institute has served 200 college-bound Latino students, and nearly 150 of their parents and family members, who are from Los Angeles ’ most diverse communities.

The Los Angeles Institute is designed to develop student’s leadership potential and increase their knowledge of Los Angeles ’ cultural and political landscape by focusing on CLYLP’s “Four C’s” model of success: 1) culture, 2) community, 3) college and 4) careers. The program includes a Civic Day held at City Hall and the County Administration Building in Downtown Los Angeles, Community and Career Day and a College Day at UCLA. Past guest speakers include: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas and Gloria Molina, President and General Counsel of MALDEF Thomas A. Saenz, and former Lincoln High School teacher and activist, Sal Castro. Overall, students gain valuable leadership training skills, meet and learn from many accomplished professionals, receive important college information, and create long lasting friendships and peer/professional networks.

For more information on the Los Angeles Institute, please visit: http://www.clylp.org/