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CHCI's Areas of Impact

High School Graduation

Higher Education and Leadership Development

Workforce Diversity

Parental Involvement

Networking and Coalition-Building

Today, Hispanics are the largest and the youngest minority group in the United States. However, more than 87 percent of Hispanics do not have bachelor's degrees, and nearly half leave school by the eighth grade.  Currently, the Hispanic dropout rate is 2.5 times higher than that of African Americans and 3.5 times higher than the rate of non-Hispanic whites. Additionally, Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in elected office. Hispanics comprise only six percent of the U.S. House of Representatives and there are only two in the U.S. Senate.  Hispanic representation is also lacking in most sectors of society, including higher education, business, and media.

CHCI is the only national Hispanic organization that offers a regiment of programs to assist Latino students from high school to college graduation to early career development. CHCI offers a Congressional internship program, two fellowship programs and scholarship awards for Hispanic youth. The Ready to Lead (R2L) program targets high school students and prepares them to attend and succeed in college.  CHCI also understands the importance of parental involvement in a child's education and for that reason its information services and programs actively seek to empower the parent's role in the education process.

CHCI's comprehensive range of educational programs and services benefit more than 500,000 Hispanic students, parents, and educators on an annual basis making a positive impact on the Latino community in the following areas:

High School Graduation
CHCI is working to increase the Hispanic high school graduation rate by providing the following:

College Preparatory Kit - encourages high school students to pursue a college degree by simplifying the college admissions process.
Outreach Activities - inform high school students of the variety of educational opportunities available to them, and encourage them to obtain a higher education.

Higher Education and Leadership Development
CHCI is working to increase the number of Hispanics attaining undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees by providing the following:

Ready to Lead (R2L) - the goal of Ready to Lead is to motivate, educate and empower Latino high school students to graduate from high school, apply for college, and lead in their communities.

IMPACT: CHCI launched a new survey tool to measure the change in high school students' attitudes about their ability to attend college after participating in the program. Initial data shows a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of R2L participants who, after completing the workshop, believed they would have the ability to achieve a higher education.

Scholarship Awards - assist financially needy students obtain a higher education.

IMPACT: To date, CHCI has provided 1,427 scholarships and invested more than $4.8 million in the Latino community to fund higher education. 

Congressional Internship Program - provides undergraduate students with an invaluable "behind the scenes" look at how the U.S. government functions, while enlightening them to future career possibilities.

IMPACT: These future leaders participate in a curriculum that focuses on the qualities required of 21st century leaders: social responsibility, civic engagement, coalition-building, and fosters an appreciation of the role culture and heritage plays in their leadership development.

National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latino Youth - offers detailed information on national and regional scholarships, internships, and fellowships, and outlines the process for completing a successful application.

Web site - offers current educational information and publications, and the opportunity to connect with other Latino students.

Outreach activities - inform students of the various scholarships and educational opportunities available to them, and encourage them to complete their college education.

Workforce Diversity
CHCI is working to increase diversity in the workforce and create the Latino leaders of tomorrow by providing the following:

Public Policy Fellowship Program - provides college graduates with a bachelor's degree with valuable professional experience in a variety of fields, including the corporate sector.

Graduate Fellowship Program - provides college graduates with a masters or doctorate degree valuable professional experience in under-served areas, including health, housing, international affairs, law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

IMPACT: Upon completion of the program, fellows are ready to occupy leadership positions in policy-advisory or policy making organizations.

Alumni Association - affords CHCI alumni a network of successful professionals in all sectors of society.
National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latino Youth - informs students of internships and fellowships in various fields and sectors.

Parental Involvement
CHCI is working to increase parental involvement in their child's education by providing the following:

Parent Resources on CHCI Web Site - provides a wealth of information to familiarize parents with the college admissions process, financial aid, and how they can assist in preparing their child for college.
Outreach activities - give parents the opportunity to learn more about the importance of a college education.

Networking and Coalition-Building
CHCI is working to increase opportunities for networking and coalition-building by providing the following:

Annual Awards Gala - as the hallmark event during HHM in Washington, D.C., it serves as the unifying event for the Hispanic American community. It also provides provides professionals of varied backgrounds an opportunity to interact with elected officials, community leaders, and corporate executives.
Public Policy Conference - gives leaders a forum in which to build consensus on issues of importance to Hispanics and other minorities.