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Program Dates: June 14-16, 2024

The CLYLP Central Valley Institute (CVI) formerly known as the San Joaquin Valley Institute (SJVI) was established in 1999 to inspire and motivate students from the area to become the future leaders of the Central/San Joaquin Valley Chicano/Latino community through public service.  Open to 50 students from the Central/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 lawmakers and staff.


- College & Careers Day: Students participate in informational workshops about financial aid, university requirements, and options, and learn about the college admissions process.


The 21st Annual Central Valley Institute will take place June 14-16, 2024. 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 2023-2024 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 Central Valley Institute or the Statewide Leadership Conference as a participant.


- Must be able to attend the entire weekend; no exceptions or accommodations will be made.


In recognition that parents and families must also participate in developing student’s leadership potential, the CVI includes a one-day Parent Institute designed for the parents and families of CVI participants. The Parent Institute is held the last day of the CVI 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.

Volunteer Staff

Interested in volunteering? Click here for CLYLP Staff Eligibility and Responsibility information and application. 

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