Citizenship Volunteer Teacher Receives Community Empowerment Award

Proud teacher Emmanuel Caudillo congratulates two of his class graduates who recently became U.S. Citizens.

Every year, the Community Empowerment Award is given by CARECEN to recognize the accomplishments of an outstanding community and organizational leader.  Through their contributions to CARECEN and its mission to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino population in the Washington metropolitan region, they have helped CARECEN to succeed in strengthening both the immigrant community we serve and our community at large.

This year, during our 34th anniversary celebration, we were delighted to recognize the exceptional work of our longest-time citizenship volunteer teacher, Emmanuel Caudillo. Emmanuel has been teaching civics for 8 years and has helped hundreds achieve their dream of citizenship. His students describe him as passionate, very knowledgeable, detailed, and so energetic! Emmanuel is incredibly fond of his students and chose to celebrate his 30th birthday with them at CARECEN. In his brief acceptance speech Emmanuel shared that he was inspired to teach civics by Cesar Chavez, who also taught civics to the farm workers he organized, and also by his parents whom he helped practice for their citizenship exams as a child. Emmanuel is currently working on publishing his own citizenship textbook, to support even more aspiring citizens. We are so fortunate to have him part of the CARECEN family!

Emmanuel is a senior advisor to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH). In this role, he oversees the operational duties of the initiative, outreach to Hispanic Serving Institutions, and youth engagement activities, including overseeing the WHIEEH Internship program.

From 2009 to 2013, he was a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also held research positions in various organizations, including Abt Associates and the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Emmanuel is very active in his community. In addition to his work at CARECEN, he currently serves on the board of directors of the Young Education Professionals and Briya Public Charter School.

Originally from Los Angeles, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University.

On behalf of our team and community we serve, ¡GRACIAS!

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