Highlights from the 2013 Sacramento Leadership Conference

November 11, 2013


“Igniting a New Level of Consciousness Para Una Nueva California.”

The 31st annual CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference (SLC) took place in July on the campus of California State University, Sacramento campus, with 120 high school students from throughout California participating. During the SLC week, students heard from more than 100 speakers and panelists who covered topics that focused on CLYLP’s four pillars: Community, Culture, College and Careers. View the 2013 SLC Program Schedule here.

Some of the highlights of the 2013 CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference:

Day1: “Understanding our Roots: Enhancing our Leadership Potential” 

Tribute to Sal Castro 

CLYLP honored the late Maestro Sal Castro with a video for students to help them learn about his role in Chicano History and his long-standing relationship with CLYLP.

Click below to view video:


Bobby Verdugo and Yolanda Rios shared their stories of the 1968 high school walkouts in East Los Angeles.
Dr. Irene Vasquez, Director of the Chicano and Chicana Studies Department at the University of New Mexico gave a discourse on the History of the Chicano Movement.
Gustavo Arrellano, Editor of the OC Weekly, and a first-time speaker at SLC - discussed “History of the Chicano – The Mexican OC.” Click below to view video:

Day 2: Latinos in a Changing State: Politics, Identity, and Culture”

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Sonia Nazario, read from her powerful book, “Enrique’s Journey.”


A dynamic panel addressed “The Politics of Being LGBT and Latino@.”

Long time CLYLP friend David Hayes-Bautista from the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine presented on “Latinos in California Respond to the Civil War.”
Day 3: “Leadership in Action: Organizing for Change”

Ellie Peck , a prominent advocate for Latino youth and a long-time supporter and friend of CLYLP, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, only days after the conclusion of the 2013 Sacramento Leadership Conference. On SLC Day 3, Ellie moderated what was to be her last Campaign Development Workshop, where students designed mock student president campaigns for the fictional Lake Manteca High School.

Day 4: “Day at the State Capitol”
Sponsored by PepsiCo and the California Latino Capitol Association

Assembly Member Roger Dickinson, from the 7th Assembly District, welcomed the students to the State Capitol.

Capitol Day is one of the unique components of

the SLC curriculum. This year, once again, students participated in a press conference on the Capitol steps and debated a range of issues during the mock legislative hearings:

* AB 218 – Employment Applications: Criminal History
* AB 10 – Minimum Wage: Annual Adjustment
* AB 154 – Health
* AB 4 – Stat Government: Federal Immigration Policy Enforcement
* AB 955 – Community Colleges
* AB 420 – Willful Defiance 

Day 5: “Making the Choice to Go to College: College and Careers,”
Sponsored by Citi
Students heard from over 30 university recruiters from California and across the country, at the annual CLYLP College Fair.

The 2013 CLYLP Comast Fellows shared perspectives on their college experience with SLC students.


City presented on “Financial Planning for Future Success.”

Day 6: “Applying What You Have Learned: Taking it Back to Your Comunidad” and CLYLP Banquet

A team of UC and CSU admissions staff conduct one-on-one counseling sessions to help CLYLP students plan their high school academic careers.

SLC Class of 1995 alumnus, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, gave the Keynote Speech at the Banquet, “From CLYLP to the White House”. Ms. Chavez Rodriguez is a Public Engagement Advisor with the White House Office of Public Engagement.
SLC Class of 2013
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Board of Directors
Norma Dominguez
Wells Fargo Bank

President Elect
Fernando Ramirez
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Vice President of Program Planning
Pablo Rodriguez
Communities for New California
(CNC) and CNC Education Fund

Vice President of Fundraising
Veronica Villalobos Cruz
Association of Independent 
California Colleges and Universities

Student President
Gabriel Lopez
Woodrow Wilson High School

Immediate Past President
Max Espinoza
Scholarship America

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Gloria Michel Leon 
Ek & Ek

Juan Sanchez
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Carlos Illingworth
Vons, a Safeway Company

Eric Z. Guerra
Office of Assemblymember
Al Maratsuchi 

Veronica Rodriguez
Office of Senate President pro Tem
Senate Majority Caucus

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Comcast Cable

Brian Green
California State Senate

Iris Zuniga
Youth Policy Institute

Jessie Ryan
Campaign for College Opportunity
Olgalilia Ramirez
Office of Assemblymember
Roger Dickinson   
Tomasa Dueñas
Office of Assemblymember
Bill Quirk
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Campaign for College Opportunity
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