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2013 R2L NextGen Program Highlights


The program began with an orientation where the student learned more about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the purpose of the R2L NextGen’s program. Students had dinner with Vice President of Programs at CHCI, William Gil who provided the participants tips for a successful week. The young leaders also participated in icebreaker activities, met with their peers, program facilitators support team.

Day one concluded by providing the young leaders a framework to create a special experience in Washington, DC!   


After breakfast, R2L NextGen participants met the day with enthusiasm and were transported to key national monuments, including the:

  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Memorial

During the visits students participated in experiential learning modules and gained insight into the roles that government, people, and activism have played in our nation’s history.

R2L NextGen students spent the afternoon meeting with leaders from the Organization of American States and discovered the role of Latin America in domestic policy. 


On day three, R2L NextGen participants met with CHCI Alumna Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanicswho shared her personal story and shared college preparation tips.

Over lunch, students were joined by CHCI’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council for a mentoring luncheon. Students also attended workshops on media training and heard from Xochitl Yañez, representing founding sponsor State Farm®, who shared more about the importance of safe driving and State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive initiative.

Later, students were invited to hear from Mary’s Center Founder and Executive Director, Maria Gomez. The day concluded with an overview of the legislative process on Capitol Hill and prepared for their visits with Members of Congress the following day.  


In the morning, R2L NextGen leaders participated in an intimate congressional breakfast with CHCI’s President & CEO Esther Aguilera. During this session, students were addressed by Reps. Albio Sires and Ben Ray Lujan, who shared their personal insights and journies to becoming leaders in their community. 

Students continued to meet with more Latino role models throughout the day including the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and CHCI's Congressional Summer Interns.

After lunch, students participated in meetings with their Members of Congress and staff to discuss pressing issues in their community. The day ended with a graduation to honor the students and welcome them into the CHCI familia


R2L NextGen leaders continued learning and exploring Washington, DC. They began their day with a presentation by Jose Magaña Salgado from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Jose provided the students insight into immigration policy in the United States along with personal antidotes about perseverance and the importance of a college education.  

After lunch, students made their way outside to learn about the impact of wars by visiting:

  • World War II Memorial
  • Korean Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial

The day concluded with a talk from CHCI Alumni Association Board Member Jason Llorenz. Themes that were discussed include the importance of returning to their community and taking action with the new found knowledge from as an R2L NextGen participant. 


The last morning of the CHCI R2L NextGen program was dedicated to packing and reflecting on the week. Students wrote letters to their future selves and remembered lessons learned while in Washington, D.C. After their reflection time students completed their packing their luggage and prepared for their journey back home to their communities.

CHCI transported students traveling via train and airplane to their respective train station or airport.