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NextGen Leadership Program Empowers Latinx Students

Virtual development program provides perspective, college prep and inspiration.

This month, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will host its month-long virtual leadership experience for Latinx high school sophomores and juniors. CHCI is the nation’s premiere Latino leadership development organization.

For the first time in the history of the ground-breaking program, participants came from a national selection pool. With over 500 applicants and 120 selected students participating, this marks the largest R2L NextGen Program in CHCI’s history.

NextGen is designed to be an empowering, reflective and life-changing experience for the next generation of Latinx leaders.

From July 6-30, students will participate in virtual leadership development activities, including:

  • US Government and Policy Development Trainings
  • Resume Building and Personal Statement Workshops
  • Higher Education, Mentoring, and Career Panels
  • Social Identity, Power, and Privilege Workshops

Students will also meet with key experts/presenters from the PEW Research Center and Close Up Foundation during the virtual program.

As part of the program, State Farm offers a resume-building workshop. The workshop covers the basics including structure, the professional summary, formatting and how to highlight their achievements. Talent Acquisition Specialist Edgar Butler conducted the session in 2020 and looks forward to helping the students again this year.

“They learn how to maximize their experience and present it on paper, so they can stand out and be deemed as a competitive candidate for opportunities,” he said.

State Farm is proud to partner with CHCI, the nation’s premiere Latino leadership development organization, to support the NextGen program.

Students from the 2020 R2L NextGen program said it gave them education, fresh perspective – and inspiration.

“Some of us grew up with people who looked like us, but some of us didn't,” said Dani De La Cruz from Dallas. “It’s also a community where everyone is striving for the same thing: a better Latinx experience/community here in the States.”

Nayeli Amoles from Detroit said the program boosts skills and confidence. “It really inspired me to go after more opportunities such as this one, as I believe it not only helps my resume, but also helps me grow as a person by allowing me to see things from a different point of view and develop my collaboration skills.”

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