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Frequently Asked Questions

 ABOUT THE CHICANO LATINO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROJECT

What is the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP)?
The CLYLP is a statewide all volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization that connects young people with community volunteers, policymakers and professionals to motivate leadership and civic engagement by strengthening cultural identity, self-confidence and community connections, and to open doors to academic achievement, career growth and leadership opportunities through several programs throughout the state of California.

Who are the people that volunteer for CLYLP?
Over 350 people volunteer over 25,000 hours each year to run CLYLP’s programs. Volunteers can be local and state community leaders, policy makers, legislative staff, teachers, parents, CLYLP alumni. To find out about volunteer opportunities, visit http://clylp.org/volunteers/.

What programs does CLYLP offer for high school students?
CLYLP offers four leadership programs for high school students across the state:

Sacramento Leadership Conference – A one week conference held in Sacramento, CA
San Joaquin Valley Institute – a three day institute held in Fresno, CA
Los Angeles Institute – a three day institute held in Los Angeles, CA
Bay Area Institute - a three day institute held in San Francisco, CA

How do I remain updated on CLYLP news?
Please visit our homepage at www.clylp.org and submit your email address in the box at the top. You can also follow us on Facebook.

 ABOUT CLYLP's HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Am I eligible to apply to the CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference?

The SLC is open to all California high school students who are in 10th or 11th grade at the time of the application. For more information on eligibility, please visit the SLC Program page.

Will I personally need to arrange transportation to Sacramento? 

No. Transportation to the SLC is arranged by CLYLP. Students who are selected to participate in the SLC will receive further information.

Am I eligible to apply to the CLYLP Bay Area Institute?

The BAI is open to high school students who are in 10th or 11th grade who live in the in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Napa. For more information on eligibility, please visit the BAI Program page. 

I live in Alameda/Contra Costa/Marin/Mendocino/Monterey/San Benito/San Francisco/San Mateo/ Santa Clara/Santa Cruz/Solano/Sonoma/Napa County, can I apply to both the BAI and the SLC?

Yes. You are encouraged to apply to both programs to increase your chances to be accepted to participate in one program. 

Am I eligible to apply to the CLYLP San Joaquin Valley Institute? 

The SJVI is open to students in 10th and 11th grade who live in the following counties only: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne. For more information on eligibility, please visit the SJVI Program page.

I live in Fresno/Kern/Kings/Madera/Mariposa/Merced/San Joaquin/ Stanislaus/Tulare/Tuolumne County, can I apply to both the SJVI and the SLC?

Yes. You are encouraged to apply to both programs to increase your chances to be accepted to participate in one program. 

Am I eligible to apply to the CLYLP Los Angeles Institute?

The LAI is open to 10th and 11th grade who live in Los Angeles County only. For more information on eligibility, please visit the LAI Program page. 

I live in Los Angeles County, can I apply to both the SLC and the LAI? 

Yes. You are encouraged to apply to both programs to increase your chances to be accepted to participate in one program. 

I attended the Sacramento Leadership Conference last year. May I apply to participate in the SJVI, BAI or LAI?

No. But we encourage you to volunteer as a Peer Counselor or Support Staff for the High School Programs.  

I participated in the SJVI/LAI/BAI last year. May I apply to participate in the Sacramento Leadership Conference this year?

If you are currently in 11th grade, yes you can apply to the SLC.

 APPLYING TO CLYLP'S HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

How do I apply to a CLYLP High School Program? 

The application period for CLYLP's four (4) High School Programs opens in February of each year. To apply, please visit the High School Program Application page.

When is the deadline to apply to CLYLP's High School Programs? 
There is one deadline to apply to all four (4) of CLYLP's high school programs. Although it varies each year, the deadline is typically in April. Please visit the High School Program Application Page for this year's deadline.

I do not have access to a computer. Can submit my application via U.S. Mail? 

Yes. Download the paper application from the High School Program Application page and follow the instructions.

I am applying to a CLYLP High School Program via U.S. Mail. Where do I mail my application to? 

CLYLP, Inc. Student Application Committee P.O. Box 161566 Sacramento, CA 95816-1566.

The application asks me to identify my California State Senator, Assembly Member and the districts I live in. What does this mean and how do I find out this information? 

Every person in California is represented by a State Senator and a State Assembly member based on where they live. Your address has an assigned Senate District number and Assembly District number. To find out your district numbers and representatives use your home address on the website: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html. You can also call the representatives’ offices directly. Do not be scared to contact your legislators. This information is required for your application to be deemed complete.

I am applying by mail. Do my letters of recommendation need to be mailed separately? 

If you are applying by mail, your letters must be mailed in the same envelope as your other application materials. Do NOT mail the recommendation letters separately. Please notify your recommenders to give you the letters so you can mail it with the rest of your application materials. The letters do not have to be in a sealed envelope.

I am applying online. How do I submit my letters of recommendation with the online application? 

If you are applying online, you must upload a PDF version of the letters to the application. Please notify your recommenders to give you a PDF version of the letter, or to give you the letter so you can scan it and upload it as a PDF file.

I am applying online. My official transcript comes in a sealed envelope. How do I turn in my transcript? 

Transcripts must uploaded to the online application in PDF format. Please open the envelope, scan the document into a PDF format, then upload it to the application.

I am applying by mail. Does my transcript need to be mailed separately? 

If you are applying by mail your transcript must be mailed in the same envelope as your other application materials. Do NOT mail your transcript separately.

May I respond to the essay questions in Spanish? 

Yes you may respond to the essay questions in Spanish and doing so will NOT affect your application score.

I am applying by mail because I do not have computer access. Can I hand write my essays? 

If you are applying by mail you may submit your essays in handwriting. PLEASE WRITE LEGIBLY AND INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND SCHOOL AT THE TOP OF EACH PAGE.

If you are applying online, your essays must be typed.

Can I get an extension to turn in my application online or by mail? 

No. There will be no extensions given to online or mailed applications.

When will I find out if I have been selected to attend a CLYLP High School Program? 

Students accepted to participate in the Sacramento Leadership Conference, San Joaquin Valley Institute, or Bay Area Institute will be notified via email and phone in late May.

Students accepted to participate in the Los Angeles Institute will be notified in July.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND VOICE MAIL MESSAGES!

I was not accepted to participate in a CLYLP High School Program. Can I reapply next year? 

If you are currently in 10th grade, yes you can apply again next year and we highly encourage you to do so.

 FOR PARENTS

Will my student be under trustworthy supervision during the conference or institute?
Yes. Your student will be supervised by trained adult staff throughout the duration of the programs.