Keeping the Promise
Today CHCI welcomes its second Spring Congressional Internship class to Washington, D.C. Sixteen undergraduates from 11 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will take part in CHCI’s nationally-recognized and award-winning CHCI Congressional Internship Program (CIP). Over the next 12 weeks, these young students will work in congressional offices, gain access to a powerful network of Latino leaders, and participate in CHCI’s proven leadership development curriculum. Their lives will be transformed as they move closer to achieving the American Dream.
“CHCI is committed to creating opportunities for young Latinos to come to Washington, D.C. and learn not only how the federal government operates, but how they can work to impact public policy for the betterment of their communities,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “Thanks to Walmart’s support, we are keeping the promise to the next generation of Latino leaders, doubling the number of congressional interns over two years, and ensuring that the future halls of Congress accurately represent the growing Hispanic population in America.”
CHCI Intern travel to D.C. is made possible through the generous support of Southwest Airlines.
The demand is exploding. This year alone the number of students interested in participating in CHCI programs jumped from 9,000 to more than 23,000! As the dramatic population growth of the Latino community in the United States continues, it is imperative that we significantly increase the number of Latinos ready to assume leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Both corporate America and government have a significant stake in the outcome, and CHCI is uniquely positioned to deliver.
Over the next five years, the "Keeping the Promise" initiative will lay the foundation for a bold future for CHCI, the Hispanic community and the nation. Our 2011 goal is $8 million – a 33% increase over 2010.
We invite you to be part of this ambitious effort to shape America's future.