Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards Opens Nominations to Recognize the Teaching Stars in Arizona

$30,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winning teachers and their schools

Press ReleasePress Release

Phoenix — Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is excited to announce that nominations are now being accepted for their 19th Annual Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards presented by Cox Communications and SRP with a premier sponsorship by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

CPLC is committed to ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education and believes that quality educators play a tremendous role in motivating children to stay in school. In support of this, CPLC has recognized more than 100 outstanding Latino educators who ignite in our students a spirit of learning that spills over and impacts so many others within the community. The submission process is a peer nomination in which the applicant must meet the following criteria:

-  Inspire students of all backgrounds to learn

-  Play an active role in their school and community

-  Spend the majority of each school day in the classroom

-  Possess a valid Arizona Teaching Certificate

-  Teach at a state-approved or accredited school in Arizona

Nominations from across the state must be received before 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017. Forms may be downloaded at www.CPLC.org and submitted (along with a letter of recommendation from the school’s principal) to Events@CPLC.org or:

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
Attn: Event Marketing Team
1112 E. Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Fax (602) 256-2740

The four winning teachers will be honored at a special awards dinner on October 17th at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix and receive a $5,000 cash award and a stipend of $2,500 to their respective schools.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Mary.Hurtado-Vizzerra@cplc.org.


Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation (CDC) that provides services in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Since 1969, CPLC has been changing lives by developing self-sufficiency and instilling empowerment in those we serve. Our focus areas are economic development, education, housing, and integrated health &human services. CPLC provides a better life through offering business and employment opportunities; ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education; providing hope through a pathway of recovery, restoration, and resiliency; and ensuring that a safe, secure, affordable home is available to every individual we serve. Today, we have 48 programs & services, 800 employees, and 60 offices. For more information, please visitwww.CPLC.org.



A Sad Day for Education in Arizona

Arizona Court Overturns in-state tuition for Dreamers

David AdameDavid Adame

Education strengthens our state by providing a competitive workforce, which benefits all by attracting job opportunities and fostering economic growth. Everyone who works hard and contributes to society deserves the opportunity to pursue an education.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created to provide this opportunity. DACA students are youth who were brought to the United States as children. They must be enrolled in school, high school graduates, or US military veterans and have no significant criminal record. For many in our state, Arizona is the only home they’ve known.

And yet, yesterday the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that these lifelong Arizona residents must pay out-of-state tuition in the state they call home. Students who work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to our economy now face the nearly-impossible barrier of tripled tuition costs.

At a time when our state needs a well-educated workforce to adapt to the changing economy, this shortsighted decision fails to maximize Arizona’s human capital.

Governor Ducey was correct when he announced we must “invest in Arizona.” We urge Arizona to do just that by demanding decisions that promote economic vibrancy through people vested in the state.

Pete Garcia

CPLC Co-Founder and Former President Passes Away


CPLC acknowledges with profound sadness the passing of our former president & CEO, Pete Garcia.

“Pete’s selfless commitment to the community, amplified by his love for all people, will profoundly impact the lives of countless individuals for generations to come,” said David Adame current President & CEO of CPLC.   

Garcia received his bachelor’s degree in education from ASU in 1971 and worked as a reading teacher. Later, he returned to school to receive a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and joined Chicanos Por La Causa as an economic development specialist. Following this, Garcia moved to Valle del Sol, a nonprofit agency providing drug prevention and rehabilitation. In 1984 Garcia returned to CPLC as served as their fifth president and CEO till 2008. After a long successful career, Garcia left CPLC to create The Victoria Foundation, the first community foundation that focused on the Latino/Latina community.

Under Garcia’s leadership, CPLC became one of the nation’s largest community development corporations, providing programs and services in education, economic development, affordable housing, and social services. During his tenure, Garcia brought the organization’s asset base from $15 million to more than $155 million and established CPLC Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards, the only Latino teachers award in the Southwest.

Garcia grew up in the Marcos de Niza Projects in Phoenix, raised by a single mother who taught him the value of hard work and modeled empathy for others. Those early days in the projects inspired him to a life work of public service, for which he has received numerous awards. In 2005, Garcia was one of 25 leaders throughout the nation recognized by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Washington, D.C for his contribution to community development and commitment to disadvantaged populations. In 2007, he received the National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Award for Leadership from the National Hispanic American Educational Fund and the Raul Yzaguirre Community Leadership Award from Valle del Sol. In 2008, Garcia was selected as one of 10 recipients of the AARP “Inspire Award.” In 2009, he received the Arizona State University Medal of Excellence.  He was honored for his history of civic engagement and leadership within the many diverse communities of Arizona, particularly underserved populations. His efforts have resulted in many cost effective improvements in the quality of life and quality of place within Arizona.