Saturday, February 04, 2017

Tribute To Kansas City Latino And Education Advocate Gilbert Guerrero

One of the strongest leaders in Kansas City recently passed away.

Gilbert Guerrero was tireless advocate, community volunteer and long, long ago was in charge of a youth tutoring program that helped a younger version of this local blogger.

Local social media denizens are honoring his memory, here's a letter from a local non-profit on the topic of his passing.

Gilbert Guerrero

Dear Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers & Participants,

I am saddened to advise you that our family has suffered a great loss today. Gilbert Guerrero, our Vice President of Cultural Events & Youth Services passed away this morning February 3, 2017 after suffering a stroke on Saturday January 21, 2017. He had been hospitalized at Saint Luke’s Hospital during this period.

Gilbert was an advocate for Latino education and was a pioneer for many educational programs that the Guadalupe Centers offers today (Plaza de NiƱos Preschool, Alta Vista High School, Academia del Pueblo Tutoring, CHISPA STEM). In 1985, Gilbert came to work for the Guadalupe Centers as an educational counselor and worked to become the first Superintendent of Schools for the Guadalupe Educational System. He most currently served as Senior Vice President for Youth & Education Programs within the organization.

During his 32 year career with the center, Gilbert was a role model, advocate, leader, spokesman, and pillar for our community. He will be greatly missed but his legacy will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time.

Mil Gracias Don Gilberto

Cris Medina
Guadalupe Centers, Inc.