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Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center Receives Project Cornerstone Award

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

Over 900 people representing local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, and the faith community as well as parents and youths attended Project Cornerstone’s annual Asset Champions Breakfast on Friday, March 23, at the Fairmont San José.

The event honored the individuals and organizations whose commitment to building positive relationships with young people makes Silicon Valley a better place for young people to live and grow.

Among the award winners was the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, which was honored for demonstrating our “Community Values Youth.”

“The programs through our center are successful because they are about youth empowering other youth,” said Maribel Martinez, CCCAC director.

The center’s programs include Strive for College, which provides college-student mentors for first-generation, college-bound high school students; Fuerza Escolar, which provides college-student mentors for third, fourth and fifth-grade at-risk youths; and Legacy Tours, which offers campus tours focusing on social justice and student empowerment.

CCCAC is part of the Associated Students of SJSU. Project Cornerstone is a YMCA of Silicon Valley initiative.