This week, YES! Magazine ran an article, Where They Teach Students How to Revitalize Their Local Communities, which explores the work and impact of CLP in several sites across the network. The article, by journalist John Ortbal, opens with a quote from CLP alum Mia Hernandez, who graduated with the Leadership and Social Change certificate in De Anza, and who we featured in a student spotlight in last year.
Th CLP program “gave me the building blocks for the career skills I’m developing now as a transfer student in community studies at UC Santa Cruz.”
The article also features an interview with Denise Fairchild, co-chair of CLP’s steering committee, on how CLP programs can help address the current gap in progressive leadership.
“The community college is a key catalyst to creating a pipeline of skilled, capable local community leaders,” she is quoted in the article. “We educate our students in a program that’s one part therapy, one part knowledge, one part organizing, and one part technical planning. In many cases, we have to first encourage them to overcome any cynicism they feel about the ways things operate, and give them a sense of optimism about how they can effect change in their own backyard.”
Read the rest of the article here on YES! Magazine’s website, or read the pdf below:CLP Teaching Next Gen Community Organizers March 2017