CPLC Conexión: COVID-19


SRP: Supporting Teachers, Powering the Future

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How do SRP and Chicanos Por La Causa work together?

The partnership with Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) and SRP has been ongoing for nearly 25 years. For over 15 years of that time, SRP has had representation on the CPLC board as well as a lot of employee involvement.

SRP employees have participated in the Angeles del Barrio holiday event and the Barrios Bellos neighborhood cleanup event, and many SRP families have helped wrap holiday gifts for thousands of children.

But our relationship with SRP goes far beyond funding. Many in the SRP familia have given their personal time to ensure the success of CPLC’s important mission of “Empowering Lives.”

Other ways we work together:

  • SRP employee Tony Moya serves as the current chair of CPLC, after many years of service on its board.
  • ¡Hablamos SRP!, an SRP Employees Resource Group celebrating Hispanic heritage, has selected CPLC Centro De La Familia as their nonprofit beneficiary for the second year in a row. Centro De La Familia provides behavioral health services for low-income families and individuals of all ages in the West Valley. The ERG has raised $3,450 for CPLC so far.
  • SRP’s support of the Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards as a co-presenting sponsor allows SRP to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding Latino educators. SRP’s support of Esperanza also complements other SRP grants that seek to recruit and train outstanding teachers to work in schools located in limited-income areas to improve students’ educational outcomes.
  • SRP also sponsors the annual CPLC Anniversary Dinner and Angeles del Barrio event.
  • SRP has also partnered with CPLC on water safety initiatives, including early events of Verano Sano and bringing Phoenix Children’s Playing it Safe program to CPLC families.

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Why is education so critical today?

A pioneer of American public schools in the 19th century, Horace Mann famously called education the “great equalizer.” This is especially true today as economics and technology broaden the gap between those who are marginalized and the rest of society.

Access to a quality education helps bridge that gap. Education benefits everyone in a community as it helps reduce crime, substance abuse and domestic violence and increase a community’s overall economic status.

Education is the reason CPLC began and is their largest area of impact. With support from business partners, CPLC has awarded more than $4.5 million in scholarships and helped 1,600 students attend college.

What challenges are teachers facing? How are SRP and CPLC supporting them?

As school funding decreases and teacher compensation fails to keep up with national averages, teachers face greater challenges. Some teach in unsafe environments and, according to the Learning Institute, 94% of teachers spend their own money on behalf of their students. As greater demands are placed on teachers, many leave the profession, placing an increased burden on those who stay.

In response, CPLC, with SRP as their premier sponsor, host a yearly Latino teacher appreciation event called Esperanza. Each year during this event, four Latino teachers are honored before their peers and compensated with a $5,000 stipend to them and $2,500 for their schools.

CPLC also hosts Youth Enrichment to provide a safe and supportive environment to help youth succeed in school, college and careers.

CPLC Community Schools offers high school students in low-income communities a culturally relevant learning environment that caters to each student’s individual needs. CPLC’s vision is to grow the future leaders of our community by increasing educational achievement, graduation rates, civic participation and college entrance and graduation.

How are you helping support teachers in FY21 that is different from other years?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPLC’s Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards went virtual as a health precaution. However, that did not stop us and SRP from highlighting the important work and contributions by the honorees selected. CPLC staff traveled, following all COVID-19 protocols, to keep everyone safe and to publicly announce the honorees at their respective schools.

Where can I learn more about the Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards?

Tell us about the honorees.

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Helping meet tomorrow’s challenges today.

Solving tomorrow's biggest challenges requires creativity and imagination that starts in the classroom. That's why CPLC and SRP are dedicated to helping teachers create classrooms where innovation thrives and every student can succeed. Learn more about SRP’s work with teachers and educational organizations at srpnet.com/education.