November 22, 2013
Highlights from the 7th Annual CLYLP Los Angeles Institute
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The 31st year of CLYLP programming ended in August with the conclusion of the CLYLP Los Angeles Institute (LAI). Now in its 7th year, 50 students from across Los Angeles County spent the weekend at UCLA with programming focused on the four pillars of CLYLP: Community, Cultural, College and Careers. Students heard from a wide range of speakers, including newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and long-time CLYLP friends such as LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia. View the 2013 LAI Program Schedule here.

Some of the highlights of the 2013 CLYLP Los Angeles Institute:

Day 1: Civic and Community Day

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks to CLYLP LAI students about leadership in his office at City Hall.


Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck discusses the many challenges with policing the city and the importance of a diverse police department.

CLYLP LAI students participated in mock Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor proceedings. This year students debated redistricting and illegal street vending resolutions.

Day 2: History and Culture Day

Dean Marcelo Suarez-Orozco from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies welcomed students to UCLA, and Dr. David Hayes Bautista followed with his presentation, “Cinco de Mayo: Latinos in California Respond to the Civil War”.


Health Panel
Speakers from Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services, AltaMed Health Services, the California Center for Public Health, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center discuss “Overcoming Health Disparities in Los Angeles by Building Healthy Communities.”

‘Your Voice, Your Future’ Community Engagement Panel
Staff members from the Advancement Project, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and the National Council of La Raza led small group discussions about immigration reform, education reform, and land reform in Latino communities across Los Angeles.



The Honorable Jimmy Gomez, California State Assembly Member for the 51st District, addressed students as the Banquet Keynote Speaker.

Day 3: College and Careers Day

Career panelists included El Monte City Council Member Vicky Martinez, as well as staff from the Montebello Housing Development Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Mr. Hugo Cristales, Assistant Director of the UCLA EAOP Program, covered the UC and CSU application process.

This year’s program also included a presentation on Financial Literacy and Wealth Building, by Roy Jasso, Vice-President of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank.

CLYLP LAI Parent Institute
On Day 3 of the program, the LAI also hosted a Parent Institute. Parents interacted with CLYLP alumni, learned the ins and outs of the U.S. university system, the financial aid process, and heard from CLYLP alumni who are now college graduates and practicing in their desired professions.

CLYLP Los Angeles Institute 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

Vice President of Alumni Affairs
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

Lennies M. Gutierrez
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
Michele Siqueiros
Campaign for College Opportunity
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