Vons Companies, Inc. Grant


CONTACT: Margie Yu,

Public Relations Assistant

(323) 343-3047


CSLA Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center Selected for
Second Consecutive Year

Los Angeles, CA -- May 16, 1996 . . . The Chicano/Latino
Student Resource Center
, a service of the Center for Student
Life at California State University, Los Angeles, was recently
awarded a $2,500 grant through Proyecto VECINO
for a second consecutive year.

Proyecto VECINO, a community support program sponsored
by the Vons Companies, Inc., offers financial support to Latino
student organizations on college and university campuses maintaining
programs that nurture political awareness and civic involvement.
CSLA Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center was one of nine organizations
awarded the grant, out of approximately 55 competing Southern
California campus organizations.

"We are very excited to be selected again for grant funding
from Proyecto VECINO," said Eddie Garcia, Assistant
Coordinator, Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center. "We
have many important programs and we are grateful to Vons for helping
us implement them."

The goal of this project is to increase student and public interest
in civic involvement. Under Proyecto VECINO, the Resource
Center develops University-based voter education advocates through
a network of clubs and organizations. In addition, they will develop
various materials, including a database directory of community
services, and will offer educational empowerment forums on the
political process and how it impacts Latino families. The program
will target eligible voters who did not vote, other people who
have not explored the naturalization process and those who are
not aware of political initiatives that affect them directly or
indirectly, such as Proposition 187 and the California Civil Rights

All proposals were judged according to how closely each coalition's
goal meets Proyecto VECINO requirements to increase political
awareness, increase voter registration, increase Latino voter
participation, and increase the number of Latino naturalized citizens.

Proyecto VECINO judges included: The Reverend Pedro Villaroya,
director of Hispanic Ministries, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Maria
Gutierrez, Director of Public Affairs and Labor Relations, KMEX
Channel 34; Rose Marie Soto, Columnist, WAVE Community Newspapers;
Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino
Elected Officials; Dr. Harry Pachon, Executive Director, Tomas
Rivera Center; and Antonio Gonzales, President, Southwest Voter
Registration and Education Project.

For more information regarding Cal State L.A.'s Vons Grant, call
Eddie Garcia at the Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center, (323)

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