CHCI eNews April 2009

CHCI Launches Towards 2030 Strategic Plan

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CHCI Launches Towards 2030 Strategic Plan

CHCI and its Chair, Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-12), this week launched a workforce development strategy entitled "Towards 2030: Latinos Leading in a Global Innovation Society." The strategic plan will focus on working with national partners in the business community to invest in developing a workforce pipeline to prepare today's Latino youth to lead in the jobs demanded by a growing global innovation society.   It will target four CHCI programmatic areas:

  • leadership development program expansion
  • leveraging leadership and event forums
  • enhancement of employment opportunities through career resources
  • national benchmarks to track Latino inclusion in pipeline and workforce development initiatives by sector and industry

"The education of tomorrow's workforce begins today.  As the United States experiences unprecedented shifts in technology, the economy and demographics, let's join together to place Latinos at the forefront of the green economy," said Velázquez.  "New technologies hold great promise for the future of the United States.  It's time to forge ahead and seize opportunities so that when 2030 arrives, young Latinos will lead, compete and succeed." 

To learn more about CHCI's Towards 2030 Strategic Plan, click here.

Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge Less Than One Week Away

There are less than seven days left to join CHCI for its 13th Annual Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge with special guest Chi Chi Rodriguez, brought to you by Toyota, on Monday, May 4, at the Courses at Andrews Air Force Base, in support of Latino youth.

The Institute's unique tournament offers participants a day of competitive fun for a worthy cause, scholarships for the next generation of Latino leaders. Not only will you have the opportunity to hit the links, network, and meet scholarship recipients, but there will be raffle prizes and giveaways, too.

This year, Fiesta de Golf will feature its first ever SILENT AUCTION. And as always, there will be top prizes for the winning teams and dynamic raffle items.

To register your foursome online today, click here.


Fellows Prep For Policy Roundtables

Join CHCI and the 2008-2009 Public Policy Fellows class on May 13, 2009 for its policy roundtables series, examining and exploring a variety of pertinent issues impacting the Latino community.

Topics will include:

• Health: "Protecting Our Future: HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Latino Youth"
• Housing: "Latinos in 2030: Securing our Financial Future"
• Law: "The Right Thing To Do, The Right Time To Do It, and The Right Place: A Latina/o United States Supreme Court Justice"
• International Affairs: "Aid, Trade and Integration: A Combined Approach to Mexican/U.S. Immigration"

As part of the fellowship curriculum, the fellows have been working diligently throughout the year with local leaders, Congressional Members, and CHCI alumni in preparation of their roundtables series.

To learn more about the Policy Roundtables on Capitol Hill, or to register, please click here.

CHCI Miami Alumni Chapter Sponsors Two-Day Leadership Retreat

On Friday, April 10, 2009 the CHCI Alumni Association Miami Chapter co-sponsored the Miami Youth Leadership Retreat (MYLR) Inaugural Mentor/ Mentee Reception with the University of Miami School of Law's Joint Program on Law, Public Policy and Ethics. Miami Chapter member Edlyn Hernandez founded MYLR and spearheaded the two-day program targeted at exceptional high school juniors attending Miami- Dade County Public Schools in under-served communities.

The retreat offered students a plethora of workshops that addressed various aspects of cross-cultural communication, leadership skills, and topics to help them navigate the college admissions process. CHCI Miami Chapter members Hernandez, Claudia Medina, and Luis Hernandez talked to the students about going away to college and writing personal statements, served as mentors and discussed CHCI programs, scholarships, and fellowship opportunities. The Miami Chapter would like to thank Edlyn for her hard work in making CHCI's association with MYLR a great success.

To learn more about CHCI Alumni Association, click here.


Ready to Lead Travels to Los Angeles

CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) program will hold a workshop at Occidental College, in Pasadena, California, on May 23, 2009. More than 120 ninth and tenth graders from high schools in the Los Angeles area will attend and engage in R2L's unique series of workshops created to educate students on preparing for college admission, empower them to create and follow a personal financial plan that secures their dreams of higher education, and motivate them to serve as leaders for their communities.

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31) has been invited to participate as the keynote speaker.

This will be the third year CHCI hosts a R2L program in Los Angeles and the first time it will be held at CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera's alma mater, Occidental College.


You Can Help the Next Generation Become a Success Story

CHCI's online applicant system continues to prove that there is a tremendous need for financial resources and professional development opportunities for the Latino community. Over the past two program cycles, CHCI has received nearly 20,000 unique applications for CHCI student programs.

Please click here to donate now so that more students have the ability to finance their higher education and become the next generation of Latino leaders and success stories at CHCI.

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CHCI 2009 Calendar

May 4
CHCI Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge
Andrews Air Force Base

May 13
Fellows Graduation and Public Policy Roundtables
Capitol Hill

September 14-15
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Washington, DC Convention Center

September 15
Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theater
Washington, DC

September 16
32nd Annual Awards Gala
Washington, DC Convention Center

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