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San Joaquin Valley Institute

San Joaquin Valley InstituteThe CLYLP San Joaquin Valley Institute (SJVI) was established in 1999 to inspire and motivate students from the area to become the future leaders of the San Joaquin Valley Chicano/Latino community through public service.  Open to 50 students from the San Joaquin Valley, the three-day institute offers an impactful program designed to develop students’ leadership potential and increase their knowledge of the region’s cultural and political landscape. Institute participants connect with education, business, political and community leaders from the Central Valley and receive encouragement in their pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities. Housing, meals and program materials are provided at no cost to the participants or their families. 


  • Civic Day: Students learn about the legislative process through active participation in mock hearings and interaction with city and county legislators and legislative staff.
  • College & Careers Day: Students participate in informational workshops about financial aid, university requirements and options, and the college admissions process.

To view last year’s program, click here: Download Past Program

In recognition that parents and families must also participate in developing student’s leadership potential, the SJVI includes a one-day Parent Institute designed for the parents and families of SJVI participants. The Parent Institute is held the last day of the SJVI so parents and family members can also take home valuable information that they can share with their student. In a bilingual format, parents not only receive important information on the college admissions process and financial aid resources, but also learn how to best support their college-bound students. Latino college graduates and current students, as well as parents of first-generation college graduates share advice to underscore the importance of parental support.  More information will be provided in the student acceptance package.

The San Joaquin Valley Institute will take place Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, 2017.

All institute activities will take place in the City of Fresno. Students will be housed at Fresno State University.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Currently be enrolled in a California high school for the 2016-2017 academic year and live in one of the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne.
  • Currently be in either 10th (Sophomore) or 11th (Junior) grade. (Freshman and Seniors are ineligible to apply)
  • Not have previously attended the San Joaquin Valley Institute or the Sacramento Leadership Conference as a participant.
  • Must be able to attend the entire weekend; no exceptions or accommodations will be made.



For more information the SJVI staff applications, click on the link below.


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