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What is the R2L® NextGen Program?

CHCI will bring high school students from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to spend five days learning about how the Federal Government works, meeting important leaders, visiting historic sites and developing a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation.

Who is eligible?

Students who wish to apply must:

  • Be a current 10th or 11th grade student
  • Demonstrate interest in learning more about civic engagement
  • Reside in one of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, or Washington, D.C.

All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference is given to individuals with financial need.

Family members of CHCI Board or Advisory Board Members are prohibited from participating in any of CHCI’s charitable programs (e.g., scholarships, internships, etc.). Applications by such family members will not be considered. Note: “Family members” include the following individuals regardless of whether the relationship is biological or adoptive:

  • Immediate family – includes spouse, domestic partner, ex-spouse, parents, siblings, half-siblings, children, stepchildren, grandparents, grandchildren, step-parents, step-siblings
  • Related by marriage – includes son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law
  • Extended family, either natural or by marriage – includes nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and first cousin

When is it?

In an effort to prioritize the health and safety of participants, the 2021 R2L NextGen program will be held in three different sessions to limit the number of students to no more than 30 at a time. Students will be divided between the weeks as follows:

  • June 13-18, 2021
  • June 27-July 2, 2021
  • July 18-23, 2021 

During all three sessions, there will be participants from across the US in all sessions of the R2L NextGen Program; applicants have the option of stating their preferred week in the application process.

Can I choose which week I attend?

Applicants have the option of stating their preferred week in the application process. If you elect to identify only one week, a student will only be considered for that week alone.

Please note that if you list in your application that you have no preference, you will be assigned to a week by CHCI and, once assigned to a week by CHCI and changes cannot be made.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to student participants. Travel, lodging, meals and activities will all be covered through the support of our generous sponsors and CHCI.

Will there be chaperones?

CHCI and Close Up staff will supervise students at all times upon their arrival in Washington, D.C. However, chaperones for travel are not provided. Students will not be supervised by any CHCI or Close Up Foundation staff beyond the airport security gate in Washington, D.C. or at any time in their home city.

Schools, districts, or programs are welcome to send a chaperone to participate in the program at their own expense. Contact CHCI for pricing information.

What will I need for my application?

The 2021 application will launch October 15, 2020. 

Applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • Your personal information (contact information, demographic information, educational information, emergency contact information)
  • Three short essays (see the tips page for details on the essay questions)
  • A copy of your transcript
  • Contact information for your recommender
  • Parent/Guardian Information and Permission Form (Available in English or Spanish)
  • A resume

Visit our Tips for Applying to the R2L NextGen Program for more helpful hints and to preview the essay questions!

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is February 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern  Time. Please note this is much earlier than in previous years – make sure you don’t miss out!

If you don’t live in the Eastern Time Zone, be sure to determine what time that is for you locally! You must complete your application online at Access to the application will end at 11:59 pm, so be sure to get everything in!

What will students do in Washington, D.C.?

The program is packed with exciting opportunities for participants to engage with other student leaders, network with Latino professionals, visit historic sites, and learn more about their role as leaders in their communities and the nation. Please note that the entire program is presented in English.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer your questions. Please contact and we will get back to you soon.