Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Brian Green
(916) 524-9823


(Sacramento, CA) - The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics announced today that it has selected the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) to be part of its ‘Bright Spots in Hispanic Education’ National Online Catalog, a scholastic inventory of more than 230 programs throughout the U.S. that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics.

The Initiative seeks to leverage these ‘Bright Spots’ to encourage collaboration and partnership between all stakeholders, focused on issues such as data sharing and advice on best practices. The Initiative believes this collaboration can ultimately result in increased support for the cradle-to-career educational achievement of the Hispanic Community.

CLYLP’s selection for the Bright Spots catalog was announced today in Washington, D.C., by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative, to coincide with the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month, and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it’s due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Ceja.

CLYLP was chosen by the Initiative to be part of online catalog because of its ‘leadership, dedication and steadfast commitment to the Hispanic community.’ “CLYLP is honored to be nationally recognized by the White House as one of America’s Bright Spots in Hispanic Education,” said Fernando Ramirez, CLYLP Board President. “For nearly 34 years, CLYLP’s priority has been preparing Chicano/Latino students to participate in California’s - and our nation’s - economic, social and political development. We look forward to partnering with the Initiative and the other stakeholders in creating a future in which all of our communities prosper as the result of educational achievement and a new generation of leadership.”

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic Community. To learn more about the Initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog, visit

For more information on CLYLP and its programs, check out

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.