Our Community

ArTES Population

Our School

The Cesar Chavez Learning Academies were originally created in order to help with the overcrowding of San Fernando High School.  The academies are located in an area primarily populated with low-income families and often our community suffers from a lack of resources particularly when it comes to issues of mental health. Families and individuals in our community suffer from financial instability and housing insecurity.  

CCLA is home to 91% Latino students; most families in the area ascribe to traditional ideas around gender identity and gender role. This can lead those to have experiences sexual assault, bullying or harassment to stay silent.  Because there are four academies co-located on one campus, there can be a sense of division. The goal of the R.O.Y.A.L.S is to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all students.


Our Local Community

The statistics are staggering: 35.8% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17; 82% of juvenile victims are female; 69% of the teen sexual assaults reported occured in the residence of the victim, the offender or another individual; teens 16 to 19 are 4 times more likely to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault; approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner (Department of Justice, RAINN).

Only 30% of assault and abuse cases are reported, especially among younger victims (RAINN). In Los Angeles, the problem of reporting has worsened; reporting is down 25% in Latino communities, a consequence of growing concerns of reprisals from ICE (laist.com). In Latino communities, there is also a cultural reluctance to seek mental health support which is compounded by socioeconomic and language barriers.

Whether you are a survivor yourself and need support or resources, or want to learn more about how to create a change in the rape culture, or simply want to add your voice to the conversation,  please feel free to look through our site for announcements, updates, and any other information. We need everyone’s voice, everyone’s input to make a change.