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Program: Chicanos Por La Causa, Phoenix, AZ
Contact(s): Eloise Enriquez, Executive Director: (602) 269-6485
Purpose: To increase education and employment skills of disadvantaged Phoenix area residents while providing them with the necessary support services to transition successfully into permanent employment opportunities

Background Program Operations Outcomes


Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation formed in 1969 by concerned Hispanic citizens to address social issues in their community. CPLC works collaboratively with other area organizations to increase the employability of all disadvantaged community members. CPLC established two primary sites providing employment and training services: Via de Amistad and Chicanos Por La Causa Westside Workforce Development Center (CPLC-WWDC).

Program Operations

CPLC created Via de Amistad as a counseling center for adolescent parents and expectant mothers. Participants of the Via de Amistad program attend classes on child rearing, health, self-esteem, nutrition, basic education, pre-employment and occupational skills. CPLC-WWDC works with adults to develop and enhance program participants' educational and vocational skill levels. CPLC-WWDC was established to provide a comprehensive educational training and employment program for underrepresented, unemployed, economically disadvantaged and minority populations. CPLC-WWDC takes a holistic approach to employment training programming. It provides its clients with an education and skills assessment. Once this assessment is completed, clients work closely with a case manager to plan their course and employment training curriculum. Some of the programs that CPLC-WWDC offer are adult education, English as a second language, courses in professional and personal development, computer training and support services.

Outcomes and Significant Accomplishments

In 1996-97, CPLC-WWDC achieved a 98 percent placement rate with an average adult placement wage of $7.08 an hour. CPLC has received several awards for its work. These include the National Congressional on Community and Economic Development Award in 1997; National Council of La Raza's Affiliate of the Year in 1990 and the Eureka Foundation Award for 1995-1997.

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