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While summer often means time off and lighter schedules for many individuals, the CHCI Alumni Association has been very active the last few months.  Below please find some of exciting news from our alumni chapters and active alumni.  Later this week, check your email for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about networking and professional development opportunities with the CHCI Alumni Association at this year's Hispanic Heritage Months events in Washington, D.C.

Also, if you haven't heard about CHCI's FANtastic Facebook contest, hop on over to CHCI's Facebook page and check it out.  It's our inaugural video contest and the grand prize is two tickets to the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala on Septemeber 13, complete with two FREE airline tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines, our premier airline partner.  Contest ends on August 22, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to be a part of this historic celebration!

CHCI-AA Chapters Support High School Latino Leaders in D.C. Program

The 2012 High School Latino Leaders in D.C. (HSLLDC) program was a huge success, with 40 young Latinos from nine cities traveling to Washington on July 22 for a week of leadership development in our nation’s capital.  In support of this unique national program, several CHCI-AA Chapters held events and sponsored outreach to ensure these young Latinos had a great experience.  This outreach also connected the participants with Latino leaders in their area whom they can reach out to in the future for mentoring and guidance.

CHCI-AA Maimi Chapter 2012 HSLLDC Event

We'd like to thank the following Alumni Chapters for their support during this year's HSLLDC program: Miami Alumni Chapter Hosts an Evening with HSLLDC Participants

· Chicago—Connected with HSLLDC participants through individual phone calls -- View the post-program interview with two of Chicago’s students

· Dallas—Held pre-orientation session with HSLLDC participants at SMU

· Miami—Held a dinner with HSLLDC participants and their parents prior to arriving in D.C.

· New York—Sent out a congratulatory email to the area’s student finalists and a list of “Top Five Things to Do and Consider” while in Washington, D.C.

CHCI-AA President Luis Campillo Receives Prestigious Fellowship

CHCI-AA President Luis Campillo     

CHCI would like to congratulate Luis Campillo on being named a Bryce Harlow Fellow! The Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship is awarded to highly motivated individuals who are pursuing a career in professional advocacy through public affairs, government relations, or lobbying. The Foundation considers its Bryce Harlow Fellows to be the future of professional advocacy—those who are committed to practicing the art of lobbying with the highest level of integrity.

Chicago Alums Receive Campaign Training

CHCI Chicago alumni Shantel Suarez (2011 Summer Intern) and Hugo Jacobo (2011 Spring Intern) recently participated in the New American Leaders Project (NALP) training at Dominican University in partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). The NALP program specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. Over 20 participants from across Illinois came together to receive training in local and state elections, campaign management, fundraising, and message delivery.

“When I was a CHCI intern, I always imagined that I would someday sit in a leadership position, but after this training, it is becoming a reality,” said Jacobo. Jacobo is currently finishing his one-year fellowship with ICIRR while he is also a member of the Auxiliary Board for Instituto del Progreso Latino. After his internship in Washington D.C., he completed the Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship and moved back to Chicago with his family.

Suarez is currently the Community Outreach Intern in the town of Cicero, Illinois. She plans to run for the local school board in 2013. She says, “It is because of the guidance and support from the New American Leaders Project and being part of the CHCI family that I now feel more motivated, informed, and prepared to manage a campaign and even run for office.”

     CHCI AA-Chicago Alums

Meeting Minutes from General Body Conference Calls
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the CHCI-AA general body meetings on May 16 and July 30.  Below are the minutes from the meetings and corresponding documents.

Download file CHCI AA General Body Meeting Notes--May 16 2012

Download file CHCI AA General Body Meeting Notes--July 30 2012

Download file CHCI AA Executive Summary of 2012 Alumni Survey

Download file Possible AA Structures 2012-Pros and Cons


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