CHCI eNews 
October 2009

In This Edition:

Ready to Lead Travels to the Windy City

On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the Ready to Lead (R2L) program traveled to Chicago, Illinois for its one-day workshop at Northeastern Illinois University. There was tremendous turnout as nearly 125 Chicago area high school students participated. R2L spokesperson and actor Wilmer Valderrama inspired the captivated crowd by sharing his heartfelt story of personally overcoming obstacles in hopes of achieving the "American dream."

Northeastern Illinois University President Dr. Sharon K. Hahs and Illinois State Representative Elizabeth Hernandez also provided remarks.

To view photos from the Chicago R2L, click here.

Washington D.C. R2L Promotes Financial Literacy

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 R2L headed to Capitol Hill to partner with Visa, Inc. to kick off "Financial Soccer" with Mexican soccer legend Jorge Campos. The event was held in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building.  Almost 100 students were present for the launch of the FIFA World Cup branded educational video game that combines soccer with an award-winning financial literacy curriculum to create an innovative approach for helping students and adults learn about personal finance.

Cong. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) gave opening remarks and Cong. Ed Pastor (AZ-4), Cong. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), and U.S. Treasurer Rosa Rios shared brief words of encouragement.

With the support of USA Funds, AT&T, Visa, Inc., Univision, and State Farm Insurance Companies, R2L empowers Latino high school students to attend college and touches hundreds of students nationally each year. 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 San Antonio, and culminates with a Washington, D.C. two-day workshop during CHCI's Public Policy Conference each September.

To view photos from the Washington D.C. R2L, click here.

R2L Takes on Texas: Next Stop, San Antonio

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, the R2L program  will visit San Antonio, Texas to host its workshop at the University of Texas at San Antonio. More than 125 high school students are expected to attend. To learn more about R2L, click here.

CHCI *NEW* Spring Congressional Internship - Application Deadline Approaching

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with Congressional work placements on Capitol Hill to learn first-hand about our nation's legislative process. Thanks to the generous support of Walmart, CHCI is offering its first ever Spring internship program.  The Spring Congressional Internship application deadline is November 13, 2009. Don't miss this rare opportunity. Click here to apply online today!

CHCI Reaches Out Across the Nation

CHCI traveled across the United States to inform students about the opportunities CHCI has to offer for motivated Latinos. Throughout the month of October, CHCI Programs staff conducted information sessions at over 50 universities in the following states: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

CHCI 2009 Summer Congressional Interns are also conducting informational sessions on their campuses to educate fellows students about CHCI programs. 

CHCI Vice President of Programs William Gil wraps up the final week of outreach in
Florida--October 29-November 3, 2009.  Please contact William Gil at for more information.

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.

October 26, 2009

Fellow of the Month
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CHCI 2009 Calendar

November 7, 2009
Ready to Lead-
San Antonio, TX
UT-San Antonio

December 1, 2009
CHCI Holiday Networking Event in honor of Ed Peña
Gold Room
Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

December 5, 2009 
Ready to Lead-
New York
Lehman College
Bronx, NY

December 10, 2009
CHCI NYC Fundraiser
Hosted by Toyota and
Time Warner

Time Warner Center
New York, NY

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