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The Prince of Salsa Luis Enrique to Perform at CHCI's 34th Annual Awards Gala

GRAMMY®-award winning recording artist and Latin music legend Luis Enrique will charm attendees with his romantic style of salsa at CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala, the hallmark event of Hispanic Heritage Month, on Wednesday, September 14.

Luis Enrique will join Latin music sensation Prince Royce for an amazing evening of entertainment at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., hosted by Emmy-award winning journalist and Univision anchor Teresa Rodriguez. (More)

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to Address CHCI’s Opening Luncheon

Ambassador Ron Kirk—the U.S. Trade Representative—has confirmed his participation in CHCI’s Public Policy Conference on Monday, September 12. Ambassador Kirk will be a featured speaker in Monday’s opening luncheon entitled “Keeping the Promise: Building a Stronger International Community” and is the latest addition to a powerful and growing list of conference speakers. (More)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Helps CHCI Keep the Promise

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and 17 members of Congress during CHCI’s Public Policy Conference on September 11-13. Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Raúl Grijalva will host two of the most important voices in the education arena – Sec. Arne Duncan and Allan Golston, President of U.S. Programs at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – in Keeping the Promise of Education. (More)

Comedic Legend Paul Rodriguez to Host CHCI 11th Annual Reyes of Comedy

CHCI announced actor/comedian Paul Rodriguez will host and perform at its 11th Annual Reyes of Comedy on Tuesday, September 13, at the historic Warner Theatre. The Reyes of Comedy event supports CHCI's award-winning leadership and educational development programs and is part of its annual Hispanic Heritage Month events.

Rodriguez will headline CHCI’s comedy show that also features popular comedians Shayla Rivera and Mike Robles(More)

CHCI’s Inaugural High School Latino Leaders in D.C. Program Provides Exceptional Leadership Development Experience for Participants

Twenty ambitious high school students traveled to Washington, D.C. from Miami, New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Dallas to participate in CHCI’s Inaugural High School Latino Leaders in D.C. Program held July 10-15. The youth selected attended one of CHCI’s Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness programs during the 2010-11 academic year. All of the students came from low-income families and represented the diverse range of students who participate in the R2L program each year.

CHCI HSLLDC Participant Profile

It was an exciting week that included visits to monuments, museums, the U.S. Capitol, and a variety of opportunities to interact with prominent Latinos working in public policy and government. The students met with representatives from the Congressional Hispanic Staffers Association, the CHCI Alumni Association, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. (More)



CHCI Bids Farewell to its Summer Intern Class

Dressed in their best, wearing CHCI signature intern badges and lapel pins, the 2011 Summer Congressional Internship class excitedly entered the Library of Congress for its graduation program on Wednesday, July 27. "Who would have thought that in just eight weeks we would become promising leaders? I can honestly say that my fellow classmates and I have the skill sets to be the great leaders CHCI has prepared us to be," said Prudential Intern Emily Gonzalez. (More)

View graduation photo gallery.

Tweeting with the President: CHCI Interns Participate in First Ever White House Twitter Town Hall

Four CHCI Interns were randomly selected to attend the White House's first Twitter Town Hall held Wednesday, July 6. The importance of the Twitter town hall meeting was to use social and mobile media to connect with Americans. (More)

CHCI Interns Explore Coalition Building at Annual Youth Summit

On July 8, the CHCI Congressional Summer Interns participated in an annual Youth Summit with other interns from the following organizations: the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Victory Alliance LGBT. The summit focused on the importance of coalition building and the students engaged in a series of training sessions to examine the political, social, and economic dynamics of a community. (More)

Summer Interns Raise $20,000 in Support of CHCI Programs

Following the amazing fundraising efforts of the 2010-11 CHCI Fellows, who raised an unprecedented total of $8,000 this spring in support of CHCI programs, the 2011 CHCI Summer Interns participated in an inaugural telephone donation campaign on July 22.

Armed with their cell phones and powerful personal messages, the interns made more than 250 calls to prospective donors to raise money in support of CHCI and the program that the interns unanimously agreed has changed their lives forever. During the two-hour session, the interns specifically promoted CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month Events and CHCI Intern Rebecca Jimenez secured $20,000 in conference registrations and gala ticket sales. (More)


Keeping the Promise is a five-year campaign to raise $43 million to strengthen and expand the reach and scope of our high school college readiness program, annual scholarships and other college attainment efforts, and professional development programs, including internships and fellowships.

Our programs draw from a national group of young Latinos and provide the financial support, resources, and direct work experience on Capitol Hill to develop a pipeline of highly talented young Latino Leaders. 

You can help CHCI succeed in its mission in any of the following ways:

1.  Purchase a table at the CHCI 34th Annual Awards Gala. Invite your colleagues to a premier evening of networking and award-winning entertainment, while supporting CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.  The Annual Awards Gala is the signature event of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events. 

2.  Purchase two gala tickets and donate them to CHCI to allow emerging Latino leaders the opportunity to experience this signature Hispanic Heritage Month Event.

3.  Make a donation directly to CHCI’s Keeping the Promise campaign.  

However you choose to direct your support, your contribution will make a critical difference in preparing the next generation of Latino leaders and in building the nation’s competitive edge globally.

CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law.

CHCI Interns Tour Time Warner Cable Facilities

This summer, CHCI's Time Warner Cable Interns traveled to Herndon, Virginia, and New York City to visit Time Warner Cable offices. The four STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors had the opportunity to tour several Time Warner Cable offices and meet with senior executives to learn about STEM-related careers.

CHCI and Time Warner Cable are aggressively moving to educate young Latinos in important public policy issues relevant to the STEM fields as the growth in STEM-related careers is expected to double in the next ten years. Time Warner Cable's support of the internship program furthers CHCI's efforts to engage young people in STEM fields. Learn more about CHCI's partnership with Time Warner Cable. (More)

CHCI Congressional Interns and Hyundai Motor America Join Habitat for Humanity to Build Community

CHCI's Summer Congressional Interns rolled up their sleeves to participate in a day of community service on Wednesday, July 20. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., the CHCI Interns assisted in building a home in Aberdeen, MD. The community service project was supported by CHCI Internship partner Hyundai Motor America. (More)

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September 2011
2011 Hispanic Heritage Month Events
September 11-14

September 11
Chair's Kick-Off Reception
Washington, D.C.

September 11-13
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

September 13
11th Annual Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theatre
Washington, D.C.

September 14
34th Annual Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

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