CLYLP Remembers Educator, Civil Rights Leader Sal Castro

The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) mourns the loss of former Lincoln High School teacher and education civil rights leader Sal Castro, who passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013. Sal was a fervent education activist whose mission was to awaken the leadership spirit of every youth he encountered. His role in the Chicano student walkouts of 1968 highlighted the inequalities and discrimination in the Los Angeles educational system. Sal fought for students' rights to receive a quality education and learn their history, and inspired students to take the reins of their education. He taught students to embrace and be proud of their roots, history and neighborhoods rather than be ashamed of them.

Sal was especially passionate in developing young leaders that would one day return to their communities and continue the work of civil rights leaders. A devoted CLYLP volunteer, he was one of CLYLP's longest running speakers at the Sacramento Leadership Conference (SLC), having presented at every SLC since the project started in 1982. He was committed to inspiring the youth of every generation by keeping the activism and memory of the student walk-outs alive over the last 45 years and continuously sharing his story with young students and community members. Sal Castro's legacy is still felt today, 45 years after the student walk-outs of 1968. The activism of past generations still resonates with young people; he had an amazing ability to connect with youth.

We extend our condolences to his family. We will continue his legacy and carry his message to future generations. 


Norma Dominguez, President ('96 Alumna)
President, Board of Directors

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
Arturo Rodriguez 
Immediate Past President
Max Espinoza
California State Assembly
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez

Vice President of Alumni Affairs
Gloria Michael 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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