Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro announced a new partnership with the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) during a March 5 reception.

Founded 15 years ago, CLYLP is an all-volunteer nonprofit, non-partisan statewide organization with a mission to enhance and build leadership potential of California’s Chicano Latino youth, to build strong communities and create a stronger, more prosperous state and nation.

Castro is one of more than 4,400 former students to have gone through CLYLP’s leadership development programs.

With the new partnership with Fresno State, the university will host the 2014 CLYLP San Joaquin Valley Institute.

“President Castro embodies the values of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project. Our program instills in young people the pillars of community, college, culture and career,” said CLYLP president Fernando Ramirez. “President Castro took the lessons he learned at CLYLP and became an inspirational leader for other youth in the region. Now he is bringing the program home.”

This summer, about 50 high school sophomores and juniors will spend three days at Fresno State learning about public policy, leadership development and college application information. Students will interact with university officials, community leaders and legislative representatives. The San Joaquin Valley Institute will be June 20-22. Student applications are being accepted at

For more information contact CLYLP at