The nonprofit Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Inc. has received a $1 million boost from the new state budget that will allow it to better serve Inland Empire students.
State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, helped get the money, which will let the project formalize a leadership institute for Inland high school students and to hire an executive director for the volunteer organization, a news release states.
“This monumental investment will be transformative for our organization and the communities we serve and we are eager to build upon our 40- year proud legacy as the premiere Latino youth leadership development organization in the state,” Iván Carrillo, the project’s board president, said in a news release.
In the release, Leyva called the project “instrumental in developing and encouraging civic engagement in young leaders and exposing them to our state’s capitol and the laws that shape California.”
More than 6,000 California high school students have benefited from the project’s programs on leadership, academic preparedness, self-esteem, cultural awareness and understanding of state and local government, the release states.
Leyva was the banquet keynote speaker Friday, July 15, during the project’s 40th annual Statewide Leadership Conference.