Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Four Dominguez High students successfully completed the HOPE Youth Leadership Program (HYLP), a six-month intensive program specifically designed to develop the leadership skills and enhance the civic engagement of underserved Latina youth across the state of California.

This year’s graduating class is comprised of 32 eleventh grade students from California high schools in Bakersfield, Calistoga, Compton, Fresno, Oakland, Riverside, San Fernando, and Orange County. Compton graduates include Esmeralda Gonzalez, Jennifer Lafarga, Gabriela Maravilla, and Mitzi Moreno.

Participating students took part in four three day sessions made up of financial literacy and civic engagement workshops and trainings; site visits to top universities in the State; participation in major conferences including HOPE’s Latina History Day and Latina Action Day; as well as in-depth research projects on issues impacting their communities.

The Compton group researched the issues of Safe Driving and Financial Literacy among their peers and had the opportunity to present their findings to state assembly and senate representatives in Sacramento in May.

Graduation took place at UC Riverside on Friday, June 15, 2018, recognizing the hard work and accomplishments of these young leaders who took on the rigorous HYLP program in addition to their academic and personal responsibilities.