CHCI Interns Explore Coalition Building at Annual Youth Summit

On July 8, the CHCI Congressional Summer Interns participated in an annual Youth Summit with other interns from the following organizations: the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Victory Alliance LGBT. The summit focused on the importance of coalition building and the students engaged in a series of training sessions to examine the political, social, and economic dynamics of a community.

Coalition building is a major part of CHCI's leadership development curriculum. The concept of building, initiating, and cultivating partnerships with other ethnic and political groups to identify shared goals is essential to the success of an underrepresented community. Sharing resources, ideas, and opinions benefit the overall coalition.

This summer, the interns have had exposure to this leadership characteristic in many ways. They've met with several members of Congress from a variety of caucuses who emphasized the importance of the work they do for their constituents. The summer interns also attended events promoting coalition building such as the 2011 Summer Intern Welcome Reception.