N.Y. high school students return from life changing program in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premiere Latino youth leadership development and educational organization, is hosting two students from New York as part of its 3rd annual R2L NextGen program July 14-19, 2013. In partnership with the Close Up Foundation and State Farm Insurance, the founding sponsor of the program, CHCI welcomed 40 low-income high school students from ten metro areas across the country to the nation’s capital this past Sunday to learn about how the federal government works, meet important leaders, visit historic sites, and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities.

National support for program students is provided by Southwest Airlines, official airline sponsor of CHCI’s Leadership Programs, and Macy’s, the official wardrobe sponsor of R2L NextGen, which provided $250 gift cards to each student prior to their arrival in Washington, D.C.

The New York representatives are:

Daniela Alvarado, of Brooklyn, a student at High School of Telecommunication, Arts and Technology; Odett Salcedo, of New York, a student at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Math.

“We are very proud to include high school students in the Washington, D.C. experience that we have been providing to college students and college graduates for more than three decades,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “These 40 talented Latino high school students are eager to learn more about government and policy, as well as prepare themselves to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

The R2L NextGen program is an extension of CHCI’s intensive one-day Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness program, held in cities throughout the country. The 40 student participants in this program represent ten geographic areas, including Camden, NJ; the Central Valley of California; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; San Antonio; San Jose; and Washington, D.C. The program combines the Close Up Foundation’s civic education program and CHCI’s proven leadership curriculum for Latino youth to expand CHCI’s outreach to Latino high school students and increase its impact in the college readiness and leadership development arenas.

“Our support of CHCI’s Ready to Lead (R2L) NextGen Program reinforces State Farm’s commitment to young people, their families and our community,” said Steve Aguilar, State Farm Operations Vice President - Claims. “We know that access to leadership programs is a key factor for the success of Latino students.”

“Making sure that students from all backgrounds develop the skills and attitudes to become active and engaged citizens is an important to the health of our democracy, “ said Timothy Davis, President & CEO of the Close Up Foundation. “We are looking forward to an exciting week where the students will have the opportunity to discuss and debate policy issues, learn from their peers, and interact with Washington insiders.”

About CHCI

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union, and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771, visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter (chci), and LinkedIn.

About Close Up Foundation

The Close Up Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501 (c) (3) organization that helps young people become active and engaged citizens. Since 1971, more than 700,000 students and teachers from across the country have participated on its Washington-based civic education programs and used its classroom resources. For more information, visit www.CloseUp.org or contact Mia Charity at 703-706-3355 or mcharity@closeup.org.