Scholarships are an incredible source of financial assistance for students. In recognition of Richard Castro’s support of post-secondary education and community service, CEA established the Richard Castro Community Service Scholarship.

For the past two years, this Scholarship has distributed $20,000 to 10 graduating seniors, with each awardee receiving $2,000.

In 2020, CEA established the Survivors en Acción scholarship fund for children who both or one parent was killed on August 3, 2019. CEA sees these children as part of our family now and we believe in them and the many contributions they will make to our society. For the past three years, CEA has awarded three $10,000 scholarships to the oldest child, who is studying art at Cooper University in NYC

Please contact Anna Alemán to make a tax-deductible gift to one or both scholarship funds.

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Young Achievers Forum

The Young Achievers Forum, now in its 12th year, introduces and empowers children and parents to pursue a post-secondary education. On Oct. 21, we held the event at the University of Texas at El Paso for El Paso and Ysleta Independent School Districts. On Feb. 10, 2024, CEA will host a second event for the remaining Independent School Districts.

UTEP President Dr. Heather Wilson welcomed the students, parents, speakers, and volunteers. Keynote speakers were Judge Carlos Villa and EPISD superintendent Diana Sayavedra. This was our first forum since the pandemic.


The event starts with a very high energy welcome, and the 6th graders are divided into groups of 20 where they are escorted by UTEP students. Middle schoolers go from classroom to classroom to meet and hear from professionals in health, business, science, stem, education, liberal arts, and vocational trades.

We had 35 community leaders, and close to 600 students from 15 El Paso Independent School District campuses and from 10 from Ysleta Independent School District.

Young Achievers Forum Committee Members

Raymond Palacios, Chair
Dr. Sylvia Acosta
Arturo Barrio
Jaime Barceleau
Ruben Chavez
Renee Jimenez
Carmen Perez
Margie Salazar
Diana Sayavedra

Cultural Pride

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 In collaboration with National Museum of the American Latino, The Rubin Center, and the University of Texas at El Paso, CommUNITY en Accion recognized Gaspar Enriquez – who was appointed as the Texas State Artist by the Texas Commission for the Arts and approved by the 88th Legislation Session. Gaspar received the Latino Legacy Award in 2022.

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At the same reception, Richard Castro spoke on the importance of representation in the arts and its impact on economic development.

Latino Legacy Awards

CEA celebrated the legacies of three remarkable El Pasoans who made lasting contributions to our community:  Oscar Venegas, Maria Elena Acevedo Flood and Modesto Gomez (posthumously). Family, colleagues, and friends came together September 15 to honor the significant impact these individuals made on our community and the positive change for future generations.  

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Latino Legacy Stories The Untold or Forgotten Stories of Latino/as in El Paso

In 2023, CommUNITY en Acción initiated the development of the Latino Legacy Stories. This project aims to unearth untold or forgotten stories, fostering a connection within our community, and laying the foundation for understanding the critical role Latinas and Latinos have played in shaping our binational community’s culture and history. These stories affirm their historical significance and emphasize that this legacy will persist for many years to come.


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