PERTH AMBOY — A young group of Latino professionals from Perth Amboy has created a new grassroots political organization. The Council for Latino Youth Politics (CLYP) plans to work towards local education reform and municipal policy reform.
“This type of organization is desperately needed in the community,” said Victor Coronado, 30, CLYP chairman. “Our generation – folks in their 20s and 30s – is not actively involved in politics, despite the fact there is a huge vacuum in political leadership.”
“Our generation needs to step up and become leaders,” explains Mark Carbajal, 36, CLYP vice chairman, an elected official. “Our collective voices must be heard and the local power structures must include us in all decision-making.”
A key community issue concerning the council is the lack of quality public education provided to the city’s children-residents, despite the exorbitant amount of state funds that are annually pumped into the district’s budget.
“This school district faces many challenges in preparing our students to become college and career ready,” said Awilda Rodriguez, 29, CLYP education policy chair, a research associate at a national public policy center, and a current doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. “This is problematic. As an equalizing force, education plays a pivotal role in the lives of its recipients and the vitality of the city. We are eager to partner with various stakeholders to produce sustainable solutions for our city’s residents.”
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