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Young Latinos are Ready for Global Leadership.

By CHCI Chair, Congressman Joaquin Castro.

For nearly 40 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) has set young Latinos on the path to become American leaders. Through fellowship and networking opportunities in the nation’s capital, CHCI prepares our participants for lifetimes of personal and professional achievement.

Much has changed since CHCI’s founding in 1978. Today, we find ourselves in a rapidly changing world that is increasingly globalized, interconnected, and culturally and ethnically diverse. This exciting time holds exceptional promise and opportunity for our young people, but they must be prepared to compete with peers from around the world to succeed in the global economy. Organizations like CHCI must embrace these new challenges and equip the next generation of Latino leaders with the skills they need to excel on the international stage.

As the Hispanic population in our country continues to grow, the mission set forth by CHCI’s founders – to create an organization that cultivates Latino leadership – is critical now more than ever for our nation’s advancement. For the United States to prosper in this fast-pace, competitive age, we must provide Latino youth with the necessary experience to be 21st century, global leaders.

I am excited to chair CHCI at this pivotal moment alongside a dedicated board of directors, advisory council, staff, supporters, and alumni. Through decades of work, CHCI has proven that we can drive change by developing bold, effective leaders who represent our community in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

It is our goal to build on the last four decades by revamping our programs, updating our vision, and strategically planning for the future. In the coming years, CHCI will work diligently to increase opportunities for leadership development, enhance our programming, and prepare our participants to be modern leaders.

Young Latinos are uniquely positioned to excel on the global stage. They have important skills and experiences that can help them thrive in international affairs, diplomacy, and business. Many Latinos are multilingual, making them ideal communicators in a globalized world. Nurturing these talents helps our young people find success and strengthens our nation as a whole.

Because many young Latinos are connected to the immigrant experience – whether they are immigrants themselves or have friends and relatives who are – they have first-hand appreciation of how nations and communities are interconnected. They use technology to maintain friendships and relationships abroad, understand ethnic and national nuances, and have a remarkable ability to move seamlessly through different cultures and settings. It is our vision at CHCI to build on these skills and abilities, connect our participants to even greater networks, and position them to meet their full potential at a time when their talents are most needed.

Throughout the last 40 years, CHCI has brought to life a vision of America where Latinos access equal opportunity, are more active in civic life, and have the confidence and ability to be leaders in all sectors of society. As the new CHCI Chair, I am proud to join this long tradition of service and excellence.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) named Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). In this role, Congressman Castro will help foster the next generation of Hispanic leadership in the United States.