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[vc_row][vc_column width=”9/12″][vc_column_text]This may be your first time completing an application for a selective program. Don’t be intimidated! We have collected some tips to help make this process less confusing for you.

To apply for the program, you must complete and submit the following items:

Application Profile

The application profile will ask for basic information such as your name, contact information, and information about your parents. The information you enter here will give you your username and password to the CHCI website. Make sure you enter everything correctly and use an email address that you have access to – you will need to verify your email address in order to continue the application!


We require one recommendation from an individual who you worked closely with at school, in a community service setting, or a professional environment. An example of the appropriate persons to complete the form include: teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, school principals and assistant principals, religious leaders or youth organization program staff. This individual must be able to speak to your work ethic, character and leadership skills. A letter of recommendation should not come from a family member.

Once you provide and submit your recommender’s name and contact information, an email will be sent to your recommender. They will then be instructed to log on to a website where they will be able to upload and submit their  recommendation. Make sure you input their email address correctly! If it is incorrect, they will not receive notification.

Tips for the letter of recommendation:

Parent/Guardian Information and Permission Form

CHCI requires that all students who apply to the program receive permission from their parents/guardian to submit an application for the R2L NextGen program. You can download this form in English or Spanish, depending on what your parents are more comfortable with.

You can also download the form from the application. Once your parents or guardians complete the form, it can be uploaded to the application along with the resume and transcript.

Three Short Essay questions

CHCI requires that all NextGen applicants briefly answer three questions about the following topics: an issue of importance in your community, a challenge that you have faced, and how your Hispanic heritage has influenced who you are today. Each essay answer must not exceed 300 words and should address each topic within the question.
Below are the three essay questions in full:

Tips for completing your essay:


You will be asked to upload a copy of your transcript. Remember that a report card is not the same as a transcript. You will need to speak with your school counselor to find out the procedure for requesting a transcript at your high school.

You will need to scan a copy of your transcript to upload it to the application website. If your school does not have a scanner, please send CHCI your transcript to:

Attention: NextGen Program
1128 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Tips for Creating Your Resume:

All applicants need to upload a copy of their resume. Make sure your resume includes your name and contact information.

If you do not have a resume, you may upload a list of your extracurricular activities. However, it’s a great time to start putting together your resume! This document – which tells the reader about your classes, activities, and any work experience you might have – will be critical in the college application process, and can also help you if you are looking for a part-time job.

You can find tips and sample resumes for high school students on the Adventures in Education website.

Submit your application! Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 15, 2023.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/12″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”programs-r2lnextgen”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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