CHCI eNews May 2009

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Ready to Lead Makes Headlines in Los Angeles

More than 100 students participated in CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness program on May 23, 2009 at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  Actor and role model Wilmer Valderrama headlined the workshop appearing as the keynote speaker and filming a PSA for CHCI.

"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.

CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera, an Occidental Alumnus, presented welcoming remarks and announced Wilmer Valderrama as the official spokesperson for Ready to Lead. "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," said Aguilera.

CHCI Alumni from across the country also took part in the workshop, conducting an alumni panel and presenting several workshops.

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

To learn more information about the R2L and the partnership with Wilmer Valderrama, click here.

Arriving Soon: The 2009 CHCI Congressional Internship Program Participants

Twenty-four college students will arrive in Washington, D.C. in early June for orientation week in preparation for the CHCI Congressional Internship Program experience. This diverse class has representation from more than twelve different states within the U.S. as well as the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Their academic interests include: international relations, politics, business administration, and communications, among others.

During their two-month internship, the interns will receive a "behind the scenes" look at how the U.S. government functions and the role it plays in shaping public policy. The students have already been assigned to congressional offices where they will work on constituent communications, monitor hearings, conduct legislative research, and aide with office operations.

The Congressional Internship Program is sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., AT&T, Comcast, PepsiCo Foundation, Toyota Motor North America, American Sugar Alliance, Hyundai, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Pfizer, and AstraZeneca

To view the biographies of the incoming internship class, click here.

Fellows Roundtables Series a Huge Success

On Wednesday, May 12, 2009 in the U.S. Capitol, the 2008-2009 CHCI Graduate and Young Professional Fellows moderated a series of concurrent roundtables tackling some of the biggest issues facing the Latino community today. With the help of key experts and congressional members, the fellows addressed topics including: HIV/AIDS prevention among Latino youth, financial literacy for personal portfolios, Hispanic representation on the Supreme Court, and immigration reform.

Opening remarks were given by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34), and Congressmen Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), and Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20).

The official sponsor for the roundtables series was the Home Depot Foundation.

"The Home Depot Foundation is proud to support the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and its Graduate Fellows Roundtable Series that provides dialogue and solutions to critical issues in our communities, including the current housing crisis," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation.  "We are always excited to help new leaders understand the importance of healthy, affordable housing and the long term impact it has on every sector of our society and economy."

CHCI Alumnus Francisco Uribe, Senior Manager of State & International Government Relations for The Home Depot, delivered sponsor remarks.

The roundtable series concluded the 2008-2009 Public Policy Fellowship as the fellows held their graduation reception Thursday, May 13 at the Library of Congress. To view photos from the Fellows roundtables and graduation, click here.

Alumni Discount Fees Now Available for Hispanic Heritage Month Events

CHCI has officially announced its Hispanic Heritage Month event themes and schedule. This year, there are discounted fees for alumni for the Public Policy Conference and other ticketed events. For example, alumni can now purchase individual Gala tickets $100.00 less than regular price.

Alumni can register online today. For CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month Schedule at a Glance, click here.

Revenue from CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month events support the Latino Leadership Fund. The Latino Leadership Fund is an unrestricted operating fund that supports all general operation purposes that are in line with CHCI's mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

You Can Help the Next Generation Become a Success Story

CHCI's online application system continues to prove that there is a tremendous need for financial resources and professional development opportunities for the Latino community. Over the past two program cycles, CHCI has received nearly 20,000 unique applications for CHCI student programs.

Please click here to donate now so that more students have the ability to finance their higher education and become the next generation of Latino leaders and success stories at CHCI.

May 28, 2009

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Hispanic Heritage Month Registration Now Available Online

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CHCI 2009 Calendar

June 6
Ready to Lead (R2L)
Miami Dade College-North Campus
Miami, FL

July 11
Ready to Lead (R2L)
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

September 14-15
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Washington, DC Convention Center

September 15
Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC

September 16
32nd Annual Awards Gala
Washington, DC Convention Center

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