Wise Up!

On Saturday June 18th  from 11am to 2 pm come  and have some fun with Wise Up, while helping us fundraise money for scholarships during our own scavenger hunt in Hollywood!!! For a small contribution of $5 your will get to meet with history and learn fun facts about the world famous Hollywood area all while knowing that your contribution will benefit an LA area High School senior which this money will be granted to at the end of the year.

The scavenger hunt will be carried out in groups of 2-3 people that will be paired up before starting the hunt, please register at


For more information visit the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112981658790079

or email:

Myrna Ortiz at [email protected]
Myrtha (Fairfax HS) at [email protected]
Jesse (Hollywood HS) at [email protected]




Since 2001, CHIRLA’s Wise Up project has been the foundation of immigrant youth organizing in Los Angeles and across the state of California.  This youth leadership project grew from immigrant youth’s absence from the conversation about immigration reform and immigrant rights.  CHIRLA was crucial in ensuring that the immigrant youth voice was heard across the county.  Wise Up! was born when immigrant students began mobilizing to support  the passage of AB540.  After months of dedicated activism, Wise Up! witnessed history being made when then-Governor Gray Davis signed the bill into law on October 12, 2001.  And by the following week, Wise Up! launched a new campaign: to pass the Student Adjustment Act and DREAM Act legislation in Congress. 

CHIRLA’s Wise Up! Founders graduated High School, many with honors, and were some of the first undocumented students to benefit from the passage of AB540, which went into effect in January 2002.  Accepted into four year universities and colleges, they continued their fight for justice by founding some of the original campuses chapters in what is now called the California DREAM Network (CDN), active in 38 colleges and universities across the state.  Wise Up! also led the way in other ways by building coalitions and networks such as the Los Angeles DREAM Team in 2003 and Orange County DREAM Team in 2004.

Ten years later, Wise Up! continues to be one of the few High School student-led groups focused on immigrant youth, and has now expanded to over ten High Schools here in Southern California.  Wise Up! has trained over 2,000 student leaders in the last 10 years, and these have gone on to organize and train countless others. We are proud to honor the Founders of Wise Up! and their program dedicated to the empowerment of youth through organizing and leadership development.  They have given a voice to generations of immigrant youth advocates in California and across the nation.

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For more information:

Myrna Ortiz
Youth Organizer
[email protected]
213-353-1333 Ex: 228

Jacqueline Amparo
Academic Coordinator
[email protected]
213-353-1333 Ex: 240