The Sal Castro Foundation today announced its #GivingTuesday campaign to help raise funds for its Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC) slated for March 6-8, 2015. The conference provides students primarily from socio-economically disadvantaged areas with an opportunity to learn how to navigate through the college admission process and become effective community leaders.
The community is encouraged to make a donation to the Sal Castro Foundation on #GivingTuesday which takes place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. To make a donation visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/salcastrofoundation?code=Website%2
While Latinos have made major educational gains since the inception of CYLC, Latinos continue to lag other groups when it comes to earning a bachelor's degree. Nationally, only twenty percent of Latino adults have a postsecondary degree, compared to 36 percent of all U.S. adults. In California, only 16 percent of Latino adults over 25 have an associate or bachelor's degree, compared to 38 percent of all adults in that age group. The need to continue promoting higher education still exists and the fund drive will help lead this effort.
According to an evaluation report conducted by the Principals' Exchange of past CYLC participants, 84 percent attained a bachelor's degree, higher than the national rate of college-completion for Hispanic students
The foundation was created in honor of the late educator and civil rights leader Sal Castro who is widely recognized for his efforts in organizing the 1968 East Los Angeles student "walkouts," in protest of the disparate school funding and lack of access to higher education for Latinos. His work through CYLC has inspired many students to attend and graduate from college. Known for his motto of "No sean mensos. Go to College and Graduate," Castro inspired thousands to do just that.
About Sal Castro Foundation: The Sal Castro Foundation was founded in 2014 to preserve Sal Castro's legacy of promoting educational justice for Mexican-American/Latina/Latino youth through: equitable access to college, college graduation, completion of advanced degrees, and the development of effective community leaders.