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2014 R2L NextGen Program Highlights


The program began with an orientation where the students learned more about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the purpose of the R2L NextGen program. Students had dinner with CHCI Alumni who shared tips for a successful week. The young leaders also participated in icebreaker activities, met with their peers, program facilitators and support team.

Day one concluded by providing the young leaders a framework to create a special experience in Washington, D.C.!   



R2 NextGen leaders started their first full day in D.C. with a presentation by Jose Magaña Salgado from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Jose provided the students insight into immigration policy in the United States along with personal antidotes about perseverance and the importance of a college education. 

R2L NextGen students spent the afternoon visting the Organization of American States where they heard from Ambassador Alfonso Quiñónez, Secretary for External Relations at the Organization of American States (OAS).

Participants ended the day by attending CHCI’s Reception Honoring Latino Cabinet Members. Some students were able to grab quick pictures and introductions with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, and other prominent Latino leaders.



After breakfast, R2L NextGen participants met the day with enthusiasm and were transported to key national monuments, including the:

  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Memorial

Over lunch, students were joined by CHCI’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council members for a mentoring luncheon. Students also attended workshops on media training and heard from Xochitl Yañez, representing founding sponsor State Farm®, who shared more about the importance of safe driving and State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive initiative.

Later, students were invited to hear from Youth Health Advocates from the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC).  The day concluded with an overview of the legislative process on Capitol Hill and prepared for their visits with Members of Congress the following day.  


In the morning, R2L NextGen leaders had breakfast with CHCI’s President & CEO Esther Aguilera. During this session, students were addressed by Reps. Raul Grijalva, Tony Cardenas, Grace Napolitano, Joe Garcia, and CHCI Chairman Rubén Hinojosa, who shared their personal insights and journey to become leaders in their community.

They also witnessed the signing of a historic agreement with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, affirming CHCI and R2L NextGen as the fraternity's national philanthropy and service partner.

Following the morning session, students heard from a panel of representatives from the Congressional Hispanic Staffers Association (CHSA) who shared their experiences as Latino servant leaders on Capitol Hill.

In the afternoon, students visited the offices of their congressional members. Later that evening, participants received a graduation certificate and an official CHCI alumni pin during the Summer Programs Graduation Networking Reception. The event was a joint graduation reception with the CHCI Summer Congressional Internship Program participants at Madison Hall, Library of Congress. 


 R2L NextGen leaders continued learning and exploring Washington, DC. After breakfast, students explored history through memorials, including: 

  • World War II Memorial
  • Korean Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial

In the afternoon, R2L NextGen participants met with CHCI Alumna Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanicswho shared her personal story and shared college preparation tips.

The day concluded with a welcome to CHCI's Junior Alumni community by CHCI‘s Senior Manager of Alumni Relations, Janet Arias. Themes that were discussed include the importance of returning to their community and taking action with the new found knowledge from as an R2L NextGen participant. 


The last morning of the CHCI R2L NextGen program was dedicated to a showcasing the students' experience through a five minute performance or skit. Words that students use to describe the program included “empowering," "life-changing," "motivational," and "familia.” 

Additionally, participants wrote letters to their future selves and remembered lessons learned while in Washington, D.C. After their reflection, students completed packing their luggage and prepared for their journey back home to their communities.

CHCI transported students traveling via train and airplane to their respective train station or airport.