This article was contributed by the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Hollister native Andres Rodriguez was elected National Vice President for Young Adults while attending the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona July 21. In his new role, Rodriguez will represent the interest of the young adult and collegiate membership throughout the country.
“As the newly elected LULAC National Vice President for Young Adults, I am excited to help lead our young adults/collegiate members to engage in their communities and universities," Rodriguez said. "The resources that LULAC offers are immense and I want students to receive them so they can partake in organizing events and advocacy trainings. We will show the nation that LULAC is about action and will always be at the forefront to tackle the social justice issues we face on a daily basis."
Rodriguez's platform for leading the young adult membership includes embracing new opportunities to organize students throughout the country in efforts to increase civic engagement, organizing regional leadership conferences aimed at training students to advocate and voice their concerns to elected officials, and increasing LULAC membership throughout the country. He hopes to develop mentorship programs with elected representatives and corporations, and in encouraging younger generations of leaders to run for office.
As a Hollister native, Rodriguez began his civic engagement from a young age. Since the age of 12, Rodriguez has served in various leading positions within the LULAC organization and community. While in high school, Andres served as a former youth council president of San Benito LULAC. In that position, he participated in various philanthropic activities, such as scholarship fundraising and youth mentoring. Rodriguez graduated from San Benito High School in 2011 and currently serves as a member of the San Benito County LULAC Collegiate Leadership Council and has also previously served as president.
In addition, he served as California State Deputy Director for the LULAC Young Adult/Collegiate Leadership. Rodriguez graduated from California State University Northridge in 2015 and is expected to graduate from the University of Southern California in 2019.
San Benito County LULAC was proud to have endorsed his candidacy for LULAC National Vice President for Young Adults. LULAC is honored to have dedicated young people as members of our young adult leadership such as Andres Rodriguez. The organization is confident that he will lead and surpass new goals for the national organization and wishes him much success in his future civic, professional, and educational endeavors.