About Us

Diana Avalos-Leos, Founder of CCLYC

Provide all youth with access to opportunities, resources and supports in SW Washington.

Our mission is to motivate youth to pursue a higher education or technical career, seek opportunities, and engage in positive behaviors.

Our History:

In 2011, community members came together to address the need to provide a safe and supportive environment to engage youth in healthy behaviors and choices. A cross sector of civic and grassroots organizations, city officials and innovative leaders created Clark County Latino Youth Leadership Conference. CCLYC is the only youth leadership conference in SW Washington/Portland Metro area which brings youth together to provide leadership development, elevate post secondary and technical career opportunities and provide culturally specific activities to first generation, priority populations and hard to reach youth. Since 2011, CCLYC has become a reputable trusted organization which collaborates with cross sector partners to address the complex social needs of youth.

Our Approach:

Collaboration with partners, leadership development and technical support are cornerstones of our strategy. We provide important infrastructure to developing grassroots community organizations. We collaborate with partners to accelerate our impact. We create initiatives to advance youth leadership opportunities.

Our Founder

Before founding the Clark County Latino Youth Leadership Program Diana Avalos Leos spent 16 years working for Vancouver Public Schools. Diana is a long standing advocate for youth and has strong trusting relationships with community partners and leaders in SW Washington. Diana is known for her deep commitment to work collaboratively with partners to improve outcomes for all youth.

Our Values