CHCI Named Top Twenty Leadership Program for Latinos

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) leadership development programs were recently recognized as one of the top twenty leadership programs for Latinos in the nation by Latino Leaders magazine. The designation was awarded in the category "For Students and Recent Graduates."

"CHCI is honored to be recognized for the great work it does to create a pipeline of successful Latino leaders for America's workforce," said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, CHCI Chair. "For 32 years CHCI's programs have developed leaders and opened the doors of opportunity for young Latinos. As the Latino population grows to one in four Americans in 2030, it is critical that we are prepared to be leaders in all sectors of society."

CHCI has developed more than 1,000 young leaders through its fellowship and internship programs. CHCI Alumni currently work in the Obama White House, with several also serving in key administration positions. CHCI's 2009-2010 class of Fellows has four individuals working in the White House, with several others working in Congress.

"CHCI's leadership programs are increasingly necessary as our youth population grows and Latinos become an even greater part of the workforce," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "We have received nearly 20,000 applications for our programs over the last two years and it is imperative that programs like ours meet the challenge to ensure our nation's prosperity into the future."

In a 2009 CHCI Alumni Impact Study, more than 75 percent of respondents stated that CHCI programs improved their leadership skills and 78 percent said they would not be where they are without their CHCI experience.

CHCI programs include: Public Policy Fellowship, Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship,Congressional Internship Program, Ready to Lead (R2L) Program, and the CHCI Scholarship Program.

You Can Help the Next Generation Become a Success Story

CHCI's online application system continues to prove that there is a tremendous need for financial resources and professional development opportunities for young Latinos. Over the past two program cycles, CHCI has received more than 20,000 unique applications for CHCI educational and leadership development programs.

Please click here to donate now and support more young Latinos in achieving success. Join CHCI in developing the next generation of Latino leaders!

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