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Actor Wilmer Valderrama, Radio DJ Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo Headline CHCI’s Ready to Lead at UT Arlington

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Last week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute celebrated its latest Ready to Lead event at the University of Texas at Arlington, in the Dallas region. Nearly 300 local high school students gathered in UT Arlington’s beautiful College Park Center, where they were trained in college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development. 

Students received financial literacy training from representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as a college planning workshop presented by UT Arlington’s Office of Admissions. CHCI Alumni Jessica Gonzalez, Gypsy Gavia, and Janet Arias presented the Leadership Development workshops. Most importantly, the participants had the opportunity to hear the stories of nearly 30 mentors, who came to plant the seed of leadership in the hearts and minds of our participants. Alan Dorantes of AT&T introduced the activity, and was joined by many of his AT&T colleagues who served as mentors, along with CHCI Alumni, local college students, business leaders and more. The goal of R2L is to help Latino high school students enter postsecondary education by motivating them to complete high school, empowering them to serve and lead in their communities, and instilling a belief that a college education is achievable.

The day’s program was bookended by two powerful and motivating speakers. Local radio personality Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo started the day with his message that all students can choose to be champions. Wilmer Valderrama, the official spokesperson for R2L, closed the day with a powerful keynote address encouraging students to find something they love and pursue it with dedication.  

With the support of AT&T Foundation, State Farm Insurance Companies, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington and Capital One Bank University Crossroads, R2L was able to impact the lives of young Latinos in Dallas and empower them to attend college. 

CHCI is proud to continue educating, motivating, and empowering Latino youth in the greater Dallas area.

For more information on Ready to Lead, please visit: www.chci.org/ready_to_lead

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