CHCI Launches High School Latino Leaders in DC Program

Partnership with Close Up Foundation, State Farm, Provides Weeklong Leadership Experience for Twenty Students from Around the Nation

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a Latino youth leadership development and educational organization, hosts the inaugural High School Latino Leaders in DC (HSLLDC) program on July 10-15, 2011. In partnership with the Close Up Foundation and State Farm Insurance, CHCI welcomes 20 low-income high school students from five cities across the country to the nation’s capital to learn about how the federal government works, meet important leaders, visit historic sites and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities.

The HSLLDC program is an extension of CHCI’s intensive one-day Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness program, held in cities throughout the country. All 20 student participants attended R2L in Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or Phoenix during the 2010-11 academic year.  The program combines the Close Up Foundation’s civic education program and CHCI’s proven leadership curriculum for Latino youth to expand CHCI’s outreach to Latino high school students and increase its impact in the college readiness and leadership development arenas.