CHCI Ready to Lead Program Makes History with Volunteer Participation

More Than 50 Local Volunteers Participate in its Mentoring Power Hour

Nearly 270 high school students helped fill the Miami Dade College, North Campus to participate in CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) program held Saturday, May 14. The devoted students came from various high schools in the Miami area to spend their Saturday participating in workshops regarding college planning, leadership development and financial literacy. Miami Dade College – North Campus representatives welcomed the students, including campus President, Dr. Jose Vicente; Chairperson of the Biology, Health & Wellness Department, Dr. Heather Belmont; and Director of the School of Entertainment & Design Technology, Mr. Barry Gordon.

Miami Dade College, North Campus continued to show its commitment to the Hispanic community by hosting a small career fair that highlighted the accomplishments of various departments and made their representatives available to answer questions. The host college also had its representatives lead the college planning workshops, while CHCI Alumni Jason Llorenz and Andrea Martini encouraged leadership development during their workshops. Evelyn Zapata, Director of Visa LAC, led an interactive financial soccer game where students competed for their chance to score a goal by correctly answering questions about how to save for college and financially prepare for their futures.

To encourage academic success and the pursuit of a college education, Univision Anchor Satcha Pretto was there to introduce and participate in the Mentoring Power Hour activity. Pretto's speech urged the students to get good grades, get involved, find something they are passionate about, knock on doors and make opportunities happen. CHCI's Mentoring Power Hour allows students to interact and build professional relationships with different leaders in their community. Miami's R2L included 50 mentors representing organizations such as the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, The Miami Foundation, The Hispanic National Bar Association-Region VII, the Miami Herald, Learn It Systems, National Park Services, The Honors College at Miami Dade College, Army ROTC, and the Miami chapter of CHCI's Alumni Association.

To end the day, actor and R2L Spokesperson Wilmer Valderrama gave an inspirational and comedic keynote address.

Miami R2L photogallery.