Chicano Youth Center


Organization is in Building Healthy Communities: Fresno - West

1515 E Divisadero Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 497-8552
xaviervg2@gmail.com

Background

The Chicano Youth Center was founded in 1978 by a group of Latino Fresno State Students and concerned community leaders/stakeholders. The center is an outgrowth of the original parent organization, Trabajadores de La Raza. At that time, the organization sought to address some serious concerns that were affecting low-income families and their children. Since then, the center continues with its endeavor to provide high-risk youth and families with positive alternatives to the reliance on gangs, alcohol, and substances, as well dropping out of school. Historically, the center has worked with schools in the development of Mecha groups and student organizations.

Cultural Programs

The center has a strong history of instilling pride in the community by promoting multi-cultural events. For example the center is part of the Annual Cesar Chavez celebration, as well as the Downtown Cinco de Mayo activities. Moreover, the center has hosted Aztec dancers, the Roosevelt Mariachi Group, the Laotian-American Community of Fresno, and Hmong dancers at their annual community festivals and special events. Over the years the center has also preserved/collected some historical pieces of community art work and photographs that span over a 34 year period of time.

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