About Us

Our Mission

SALEF’s mission is to promote the civic participation and representation of the Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S., promote the economic development and democracy in El Salvador, as well as to advocate for its economic, educational, and political advancement and growth.

SALEF promotes giving back to our communities, thus scholarship recipients are expected to complete community service hours and receipt of the scholarship award is dependent on completion of their pledge.

Throughout the years, we have brought awareness to the Latino community of the importance of becoming naturalized citizens. It is vital to increase the Latino voice in the political and electoral process.

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Serving Our Community

SALEF offers many programs to help members of our community, from citizenship services to summer jobs and scholarships.

The key to my success during my educational journey was mentorship and I feel fortunate to have been able to pay it forward by serving as a SALEF mentor.

Erica Lizano, MSW, MPA, PhDSALEF Mentor, APESA

After I was diagnosed with HIV, I felt like people only saw me for my diagnoses, but SALEF has given me the opportunity to see beyond that. It has given me the chance to shine as the true leader I was born to be

Jorge-Armando Diaz, Master of Social Welfare (UCLA, 2008)SALEF Scholarship Recipient