Tequio Youth

 Developing Leaders and Changing our Future
Tequio Youth Group develops the leadership skills of indigenous Mexican youth to promote indigenous pride, encourage academic achievement, and advocate against bullying of indigenous young people.

The Tequio Youth Group meets every Monday night from 6:30-8pm at
MICOP’s central office, 520 West 5th St. Suite K on the second floor.
Join us!

For more information, contact Tequio Youth Coordinator, Sonya Zapien at 805-483-1166 office or cell at (805) 415-0677 or via email at sonya.zapien@mixteco.org


Established in 2012 to inspire and encourage academic success in the indigenous community, the Tequio Scholarship Fund provides individual grants to college students from Ventura County who are of indigenous Mexican roots from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. The term “Tequio” describes an indigenous person’s desire and obligation to assist their community. We provide these grants in the spirit of Tequio, and we seek to support highly motivated students who share this commitment to serve their community. As you climb, may you lift your community with you.


Oxnard, California: April 12, 2018


Contact: Arcenio J. López
Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Telephone: (805) 822-2418
Website: www.mixteco.org
Email: arcenio.lopez@mixteco.org



Tequio Scholarship Program Launches its Fifth Year!


The Tequio Scholarship Committee of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) are proud to announce the release of their college scholarship application, supporting indigenous immigrant youth.  In 2017, we awarded a record $18,000 to over 21 indigenous youth in Ventura County with financial support for college.

Scholarship funds raised by individual donors will be supplemented by funds raise from MICOP’s annual “Tequio Rising” event, as well as funding from Edison International to support indigenous students pursuing careers in the “STEM” fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

There are approximately 20,000 indigenous Mexicans in Ventura County, mostly Mixtecs from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.  High school age indigenous youth face tremendous barriers to academic success, including implicit bias in education.  Most of their parents are employed in the berry row crop industry, earning an average household income of $15,000 to $20,000 per year.   Many families migrate for many months during the academic year.  Parents often do not speak Spanish or English and have limited literacy skills, meaning that they are often disconnected from their children’s education.  Further, farmworker youth often encounter pressure to drop out of school to earn money to support their families.

MICOP began the Tequio Scholarship Fund in 2012 to inspire and encourage academic success in the indigenous community. The fund will provide individual grants to college students from Ventura County who are of indigenous Mexican roots from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.  Grants are distributed annually to applicants selected by the Tequio Scholarship Committee.  Previous Tequio Scholarship recipients attend a wide range of higher education institutions, including: UC Berkeley, UCLA, CSUCI, CSU Pomona, Fresno State and more!

The fund seeks highly motivated applicants attending or planning to attend a higher education institution in Fall 2018. Applicants are not required to be FAFSA eligible.  Preference is given to students who have participated in MICOP’s Tequio Youth Group.

To apply, students may download the application from the MICOP website, www.mixteco.org/tequio.  The application is due by 5 pm, May 4th, 2018.  Recipients will be notified in the first week of July and will receive their award during MICOP’s annual Night in Oaxaca celebration, August 10th 2018.

We welcome donations to make future scholarship assistance possible. Our current class of Tequio Youth Leaders have been accepted to the following institutions: Johnson and Wales University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, CSUCI, CSUN, Oxnard College, and Ventura College.  To donate to the fund, please send checks to “MICOP” with “Tequio Scholarship Fund” in the memo, to P.O. Box 20543, Oxnard, CA 93034, or make a donation online at http:/mixteco.org/donate and choose “Tequio Scholarship.”



To Apply:

  1. Please read the description before you apply: Tequio Scholarship Fund Description 2018 (click HERE)
  2. Download the paper application: 2018 Tequio Scholarship Application (Click HERE)
  3. Apply Online at: Tequio Scholarship Fund Application (Click HERE)
  4. Submit the complete application via email to arcenio.lopez@mixteco.org
    or mail a hardcopy to MICOP at P.O. Box 20543 Oxnard, CA 93034-0543
    or drop it off at our office located at: 520 W. Fifth St., Suite G Oxnard, CA. 93030
  5. If you have submitted your application online, there is no need to email or drop-off the application.
  6. For any questions,  please contact Arcenio Lopez at (805) 483-1166 ext. 318