BENEFITING: CHICANO & LATINO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROJECT
Originally, I wanted to use the LA Marathon as an opportunity to fundraise for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project. Unfortunately, I will be unable to complete the race. I still want to be able to contribute to CLYLP because of how much the organization has done for me over the years. For this reason, I am using another of my races to ask that you consider making a donation to this fundraiser so that it may benefit CLYLP.
On January 3, 2016, I will be running the first ever, New Year's Race Double Header Challenge. That night, I will be running a 5K (about 3.1 miles) and a Half Marathon (about 13.1 miles). Yes, 16.2 miles in one night. I ask that you consider making a $1 donation for every mile that I will be running. If you can give less, or more, that is also perfectly fine. I just hope to be able to raise some money for an organization that has taught me that I always need to pay it forward.
Through CLYLP's 2008 Los Angeles Institute, I was given the opportunity to not only learn more about my identiy as a Chicana in California, but also, was exposed to what it is to be a public servant in local government. In 2012, as a Comcast Fellow, I was given a placement with the California State Assembly Budget Committee and learned a lot about state government and the many intricacies surrounding public policy. This experience is ultimately what led me to decide what I wanted to study in graduate school. In addition to the experiences CLYLP has given me, it has also provided me with the opportunity to meet amazing people across the state and to gain the support of amazing mentors.
From CLYLP's website:
The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc. (CLYLP) was organized 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 the leadership training emphasizes the importance of culture, community, college and careers. To date more than 3,400 students have participated in CLYLP programs.
Since its inception, the CLYLP has held a weeklong, intensive leadership training conference for high school sophomores and juniors from California. There are three main components of the conference: guest lectures about California’s public policy process, meeting with Latino legislators and role playing public policy development. The summer conference and all CLYLP programs seek to have alumni return to their communities with a stronger sense of identity and role in their communities.
The mission of the CLYLP is to enhance and further develop the leadership potential of California’s youth as they prepare to become the future leaders of our state and nation. The CLYLP seeks to fulfill its mission by accomplishing the following objectives: Strengthening students’ knowledge of state and local politics; Emphasizing the importance of cultural and family values; Inspiring students to realize their academic and professional potential through individual and group interaction with business, community and political leaders; and encouraging students to continue their education by attending college and providing them with the information they need to ensure success at the post secondary level.