The Election, los Tamales & the Scholarships

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

Dolores Huerta

The Mariposas community jumps into action every year to fundraise for organizations that hold a similar vision to that of our community. In 2016 and 2017, in response to the presidential election and the push for the elimination of DACA, the Mariposas community became more concerned than ever about the saga of Latinx students in accessing and funding their higher education. As a result, our community voted to organize, fundraise and affect change directly within our local CHCCS student community. We understood that although we may not have control over national or state policy, we do have a say in acting locally to disrupt injustice and help move students closer to their vision of success.

In the spirit of integrating our culture and traditions into the effort, we gathered on a cold winter night to make almost 2,000 tamales to sell in order to build the scholarship fund. Mariposas parents drove the effort and the tamales-loving community responded!

In an effort to make the opportunity even more impactful, our community decided to require scholarship candidates to present to our 45 Mariposas students about their personal lives, their trajectory in our school system, their dreams, their challenges and their accomplishments. As a community we believed that the candidates’ lives and experiences were a wealth of valuable information that our Mariposas students could not afford to miss.

The Mariposas Scholarship Fund is a true community led effort that empowers everyone involved- parents, candidates and students. ¡Si se puede!