CHCI thanks its Legacy Partner, Walmart, its Visionary Partners, and all of its supporters throughout the year for making 2009 a year to remember. CHCI had its best year ever despite the dire economic climate demonstrating its partners' commitment to the CHCI mission - developing the next generation of Latino leaders. CHCI's revenue hit a record level, direct programmatic support grew and diversified, CHCI events raised more than ever to support scholarships, internships, and fellowships, and CHCI programs were named one of the Top Twenty Leadership Programs by Latino Leaders magazine. Plus, CHCI accomplished all of this by keeping administrative expenses below 2008 through a fiscally conservative approach throughout the year. CHCI is in the strongest position in its 32 year history!
Read all about our landmark year in the CHCI 2009 Annual Report now available online for download. Highlighted is the significant impact our programs have on Latino youth and the community. More than ever, our 2009 results demonstrate that the need for CHCI's programs and services continues to grow and will escalate as the Hispanic population grows to one in four U.S. residents by 2030.
With your continued support, CHCI is preparing for another successful year in 2010 as we prepare the next generation of Latino leaders to take on leadership roles in all sectors of society. We have added spring and fall semesters to our Congressional Internship Program, are working to expand CareerLider to connect talented Latinos with career and internship opportunities, will expand our Graduate Fellowship to include education fellows, and will serve more high school students through adding new cities to our Ready to Lead (R2L)college readiness program. Support CHCI today and make a difference!
CHCI honored Puerto Rican golf legend Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez on March 7, 2010, with the CHCI Service Award for his ongoing commitment to CHCI's mission of developint the next generation of Latino leaders. The honor was bestowed in his beloved home at CHCI's Regional Fundraiser in Puerto Rico.
Rodriguez is a strong supporter of CHCI's Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge, helping raise more than $537,000 for CHCI's Scholarship Program the past two years. His efforts resulted in financial support for 281 Latino youth to attain higher education. He also remains active with his own Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, which funds the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy, whose mission is to assist at-risk children by improving their self-esteem, character, work ethic, social adjustment, and academic performance using the golf course as a living classroom.
Rodriguez was the first Puerto Rican inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and was elected to the World Humanitarian Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
On March 19, 2010, the CHCI Fellows and Interns met with Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census and with Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Department of Commerce. It was an open discussion about the history, purpose, formulation, and process of the U.S. Census. Motivated about the insightful conversation, the CHCI Interns decided to blog about it. Check out the fourth edition of the Congressional Interns' blogs as they share their thoughts on how they would encourage Latino community participation if they were U.S. Census Director Robert Groves.
"If I were the Director of the Census, a few things I would do to encourage more participation would be to go to the elementary, junior high, and high schools and teach the younger generations the importance of the Census. I believe the children would then talk to their parents about it and encourage their families to participate," said Congressional Intern Casaundra Garcia.
CHCI's online application 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 programs.
Please consider a donation to CHCI so that more talented Latino students have the ability to finance their higher education and become the next generation of Latino leaders and success stories at CHCI.
March 30, 2010
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2010 Scholarship Application Deadline:
April 16, 2010
2010 Internship Application Deadlines:
Fall: April 30, 2010
April 21, 2010
Spring Congressional Internship Graduation
Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Public Policy Roundtables
Capitol Visitors Center
April 24, 2010
Ready to Lead (R2L)
Los Angeles, CA
May 3, 2010
Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge
The Courses at Andrews Air Force Base, MD
May 12, 2010
2009-2010 Fellows Graduation
Library of Congress
May 15, 2010
Ready to Lead (R2L)
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
10th Annual Reyes of Comedy Night
33rd Annual Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center