We appreciate all you do to work for justice. We are proud to stand with you in expanding the organizing power of our communities to make real and lasting change. The Vecinos Unidos (Neighbors United) have made incredible gains by engaging with school boards to push for education reform to achieve better academic outcomes for their children, in advocating to local elected boards to demand fair and just representation, and increasing voter participation in local and general elections. At our first Annual Vecinos Unidos Leadership Conference in 2019 we brought together hundreds of youth and adult leaders from the nine Vecinos Unidos chapters in Kern, Tulare, and Fresno counties.
We are pleased to share the launch of our Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative (YFCEI) program. We are developing the leaders of the future. These young people are learning about civic institutions, public speaking, and developing an understanding of meaningful leadership and self-expression through art and poetry and hands on civic engagement opportunities.
In 2017, Governor Brown declared April 10th Dolores Huerta in the state of California. We hope we can count on you to help us make this a day that extends beyond California to inspire people to learn more about the power of grassroots community organizing and to volunteer in service of their local communities. In addition, the DHF Education Department worked with a team of expert educators to create the Dolores Huerta Curriculum which we hope will be adopted by school districts to teach civil rights and community organizing.
We share our excitement and gratitude with you as we celebrate 15 years of organizing communities to pursue justice and look hopefully towards the future!
¡Si Se Puede!