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Five ISD Students Meet With Congress and Participate in Leadership Development

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. July 26, 2016

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premiere Latino youth leadership development organization, is hosting 11 high school students from Dallas for its 6th annual R2L NextGen program from July 10 – July 15, 2016. On Sunday, CHCI welcomed sixty low-income high school students from 10 metro areas across the country to the nation’s capital to learn about the federal government, meet important leaders, visit historic sites, and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities. 

The R2L NextGen program was created in partnership with founding sponsor State Farm® in 2011. Over the past five years, State Farm has helped CHCI bring 210 students to Washington, D.C. For the second year, Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is partnering with CHCI to support select students from its Ford Driving Dreams program to participate in R2L NextGen. Additional support is provided by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.; Univision; Southwest Airlines, official airline sponsor of CHCI’s Leadership Programs; and Macy’s, the official wardrobe sponsor of R2L NextGen, which provided $200 gift cards to each student prior to their arrival in Washington. 

The Dallas area R2L NextGen participants are: 

* Denis Cruz, Emmett J. Conrad High School, Dallas, TX

* Francisco Olivares, Moises E. Molina High School, Dallas, TX

* Marla Espinoza Mendez, Nimitz High School, Irving, TX

* Julia Portillo, Jack E. Singley Academy, Irving, TX

The Dallas area R2L NextGen-Ford Driving Dreams participants are:  

* Bryan Flores, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas, TX

* Jhair Galindo, Nimitz High School, Irving, TX

* Raymundo Perez, Moises E. Molina High School, Dallas, TX

* Makayla Ross, Diamond Hill Jarvis High School, Fort Worth, TX

* Yaumiri Subiza, North Dallas High School, Dallas, TX

* Diana Uribe, Jack E. Singley Academy, Irving, TX

* Jamilet Velazquez, Jack E. Singley Academy, Irving, TX

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 60 student participants in this program

represent 10 geographic areas, including Atlanta; the Central Valley of California; Chicago; Dallas; Phoenix; Puerto Rico; San Jose/Oakland, California; South Florida; Southern California; and the greater Washington, D.C. area. 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.


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