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CHCI Ready to Lead Program Travels to Dallas

CHCI's Ready to Lead’s March workshop was hosted at the Mountain View College campus, bringing vital information concerning college planning, financial literacy and leadership development to 120 students and 30 parents from the Dallas area.

Mountain View College President Felix Zamora, Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso, and Debbie Pyle from the AT&T Foundation welcomed students and parents, and their inspirational words left the audience knowing that a college education is attainable. The students were also able to enjoy a round of Visa’s Financial Literacy Soccer coached by Councilwoman Jasso.

Students had the opportunity to learn about CHCI’s new R2L Young Latino Leaders in Washington Program from CHCI Advisory Board Member Minerva Rodriguez and CHCI Alumni Association Board Member Enrique Cortez. Cortez got students excited about coming to Washington, DC to learn about civic engagement as he spoke about his own experience through CHCI’s internship program.  

Dallas’ own community leader and CHCI Alumnus Raul Magdaleno fired up the audience with his heartfelt speech about his ability to prevail despite harsh and uncontrollable circumstances. Thirty other community leaders from the Dallas area served as volunteers and participated in small group conversations with students to speak about their own personal success stories. Volunteers included students from University of Texas-Arlington, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and members from leading organizations such as SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., The Concilio, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Texas Instruments, and Univision Communications. To bring the event to a close, R2L spokesperson and actor Wilmer Valderrama sent the students away with a message about committing themselves to their passion and being confident that in the end, hard work and dedication will pay off. 

Al Dia article on Dallas Ready to Lead.
Download file Dallas R2L Story - Al Dia