Chicanos Por La Causa , Inc. (CPLC) was founded in 1969 to confront oppression facing Latinos in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez, who undertook a fast at their original headquarters. Since then, they have become one of the largest Hispanic nonprofits in the country, promoting stronger and healthier communities throughout the southwestern United States. They provide direct services impacting more than 306,000 individuals annually in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Their vibrant community presence spans a comprehensive range of bilingual and bi-cultural services in Health & Human Services, Housing, Education, and Economic Development. As one of the largest community development corporations in Arizona, they are focused on individuals and families with low to moderate income levels and complement our services with cultural and linguistic competencies.

Services They Provide:

Educational Resources

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • College Preparation

Employment Assistance

  • Job Training Services

  • Application Preparation



Employment Assistance

Pathways to Success
Services include: Advice and planning; College preparation; Leadership programs; Basic skills training; Tutoring; Career readiness; Support services; Education planning; and Career guidance.

The goal is to offer youth development services that supports high school completion, High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation/completion, academic and work-related skill attainment, career pathways and leadership and community development.

Program offers weekly stipends while in training, plus additional performance incentives. YouthBuild participants will build homes in Phoenix.

The Leadership Academy was developed to commemorate the leadership, service, and legacy of Jerome E. Miller, former Phoenix Deputy City Manager. The goals of the academy are to expose high school 11th and 12th grade students to careers in public service, fuel and diversify the pipeline for public service, and prepare students for college, career and life success.

Phoenix Youth RISE (Reach and Invest in Summer Employment)
The purpose of the RISE program is to provide youth participants with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain a job and advance in employment, while providing opportunities for career exploration and skill development.The program design for the summer program engages business to sponsor and pay for the work experience of the youth enrolled in the program.The program recruits youth, ages 16-24, who reside in Phoenix, have the right to work and are available for a 5-week paid work experience/internship. Youth are selected through a lottery process and scheduled to attend a 2-day work readiness workshop to prepare them for the world-of-work, prior to their start date of the work experience.All participants are paid minimum wage during their participation in the program.

For Adult Job Seekers:
From career counseling and skills development to comprehensive job search and placement services, there are many ways we can help find the right employment opportunity for you.

Soar Work Readiness Classes
Self-assessment, other assessments, active research, redesign career path.


Mary Alejandro
Phone Number: 602-534-3794