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Wilmer Valderrama Partners with CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) College Readiness Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced a new partnership with actor Wilmer Valderrama to promote its Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness program.  Valderrama will serve as the official spokesperson for R2L, appearing at workshops, in public service announcements (PSA), and other media campaigns to promote higher education for Latino youth.

"With the fastest growing youth population in America, it is important that we properly educate Latino youth so they can be the leaders of tomorrow," said Valderrama.  "I'm very pleased to work with an organization like CHCI that has a long history of providing opportunities for youth to gain access to college and become successful young leaders."

CHCI and Valderrama made the announcement at CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) Los Angeles workshop at Occidental College on Saturday, May 23, 2009.  More than 100 high school students from the Los Angeles area participated in the training, where Valderrama provided the keynote speech and shot a PSA.

"CHCI is thrilled to partner with Wilmer Valderrama to promote the value of education and leadership to Latino youth," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO.  "As a young role model with a broad audience, we look forward to working with Wilmer to expand our reach and touch thousands of young people each year with the message that the sky is the limit."

Working with the CHCI Alumni Chapters across the country, R2L empowers Latino high school youth to attend college and trains hundreds of kids each year in college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development.  The program involves one-day workshops across the country in the most heavily populated Latino urban centers such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and culminates with a Washington, D.C. two-day workshop during CHCI's Public Policy Conference held each September.

The Ready to Lead (R2L) program is made possible with the support of lead sponsor USA Funds, State Farm and Univision.

About CHCI
CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States.

The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Media Contact:
Scott Gunderson Rosa: (202) 548-5876