Youth Development

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • www.chci.org

Mission Statement

In 1978, a small group of Hispanic members of Congress established the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to develop the next generation of Latino leaders with a clear vision of a strong America made possible with the many contributions of educated and civic-minded Latino leaders engaged in and contributing to all aspects of U.S. society. This vision was founded on three cornerstones for success: education attainment and college access, leadership development programs in D.C., and access to a powerful network of Latino leaders in the United States.

Today CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country firmly rooted in the same three mission cornerstones laid by our founders: Educate. Empower. Connect.

By promoting education attainment and college access, providing unmatched career development experience, and offering award-winning leadership programs that connect program participants to the most powerful network of U.S. leaders, CHCI’s mission is unwavering and more powerful and critical than ever before in our nation’s history.

In a nation where one in four children are Latino and more than 90 percent of Latino children are native born, success must include prepared Latino leaders. The young Latino demographics fuel the new projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which predict that Hispanics will account for 74 percent of the growth in the nation's labor force from 2010 to 2020, a much higher rate than in the previous two decades. CHCI’s effort to develop Latino leaders directly impacts the future workforce and our nation’s ability to meet the workforce challenges of the 21st century.

With its comprehensive approach to leadership development, CHCI directly impacts the lives of over 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program, a dramatic increase from the 46 students served in 1999. CHCI programs have helped change the face of Washington, D.C. by creating a pipeline of Latino talent.

EDUCATE - Educational Achievement and College Access

In 2014 CHCI served more than 514,000 through our online Education Center, home to our college access and career development resources including our Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships now in its 6th edition, through our Ready to Lead (R2L®) college prep empowerment workshops, and through our High School Latino Leaders in D.C. program.

We awarded 148 cash awards to needy students in 2014, bringing our total investment, since the scholarship program's inception in 2001, to nearly $4.6 million in the Latino community.

CHCI’s R2L college readiness workshops served more than 1,399 high school students in seven cities across the country. Furthermore, 2014 marked the forth anniversary of CHCI's R2L NextGen program, which has now provided 140 high school students from cities across the nation with a life-changing one week leadership and educational experience in Washington D.C.

EMPOWER - Leadership Development Programs in Our Nation’s Capital

In 2014, CHCI served the largest number of Congressional interns ever, 93, across its three sessions throughout the year and CHCI’s 2013-2014 Fellowship Program served 22 college graduates, including 10 Graduate Fellows and 12 Public Policy Fellows. Our premier programs provide unmatched leadership, professional and personal development curriculum to participants and most importantly include monthly stipends, housing in the case of the interns, and round-trip airfare vouchers.

CONNECT - Convening Leaders to Mentor and Showcase Positive Images and Contribution of Latinos

Our proven leadership development model includes providing unmatched exposure for our young Leaders to our extensive network of Alumni and national leaders in government, public policy, corporate America, non-profit organizations, and labor. This instant and powerful network is vital to the success of these future leaders.

A vital goal for CHCI is to promote a positive image and raise the visibility for the many contributions of Latinos to our great nation. Our signature events are our annual Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) events where nearly 5,000 attendees gather for our Public Policy Conference and Annual Awards Gala. The CHCI Annual Awards Gala is the largest Latino gala in the nation, gathering more than 2,250 national leaders together to celebrate our achievements and help us award our highest honors, the CHCI Medallions of Excellence and the CHCI Chair's Award.

For 37 years, CHCI has empowered strong, effective, and committed Latino leaders who are actively changing the economic and public policy landscape in the United States. Join us in developing the next generation of Latino leaders to ensure a strong America for us all in 2015.

Main Programs

  1. Congressional Internship Program
  2. Graduate Fellowships
  3. Public Policy Fellowship
  4. Ready 2 Lead (R2L)
  5. Scholarships
  6. Ready 2 Lead (R2L) NextGen
Service Areas

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National

Headquartered in our nation's capital, CHCI's service population is national in reach and has served Latino youth in 47 states and Puerto Rico. CHCI also has eight Alumni Chapters in key demographic cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

ruling year

1978

President & CEO since 2004

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Ms. Esther Aguilera

Keywords

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CHCI, Higher Education, Parental Involvement, Workforce Diversity, Networking, Coalition Building, Leadership Development, Internships, Fellowships, Scholarships

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Also Known As

CHCI

EIN

52-1114225

 Number

0899584426

Physical Address

1128 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Congressional Internship Program

The CHCI Congressional Internship Program provides Latino college students with work placement on Capitol Hill four days a week, where they gain substantive work and networking experience. Interns also participate in once-a-week educational programs and leadership training at CHCI headquarters, where they meet with national public- and private-sector leaders and engage in national policy discussions. This comprehensive approach to leadership preparation provides unmatched professional and learning opportunities. Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for participation in this prestigious program.

CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to offer company-based internships following students’ successful completion of CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program.

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Youth Citizenship

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Hispanics

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Program 2

Graduate Fellowships

CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program helps increase the number of Latino leaders in policy areas in which they are traditionally underrepresented. It provides exceptional Latino college graduates and young Latino professionals from across the country unparalleled opportunity for professional experience in the public policy arenas of education, health, housing, international affairs, law, and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). It also offers a chance to participate in CHCI's nationally acclaimed leadership development training program, including research and publication of a public policy paper about a public policy issue in their chosen field. These policy papers are presented an audience of key public- and private-sector leaders on Capitol Hill each spring.

CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to offer company-based fellowships following students’ successful completion of CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program.

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Program 3

Public Policy Fellowship

CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowships offer a paid, nine-month fellowship and professional leadership training program for young Latinos who have completed a bachelor’s degree. Fellows work in congressional offices on Capitol Hill, corporate federal affairs offices, congressional committees and federal agencies, the White House, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, and government-related institutes. This intensive work experience is enhanced by weekly leadership training sessions at CHCI headquarters where they engage with national leaders around substantive public policy issues. Exposure to the wealth of information, contacts, and political activity in Washington D.C. gives fellows a unique opportunity to pursue their public policy career goals.

CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to offer company-based internships or fellowships following students’ successful completion of CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowship Program.

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Program 4

Ready 2 Lead (R2L)

CHCI’s high school college-readiness program provides educational and information resources to Latino high school students and their parents to empower and motivate families with the belief that college is attainable. The interactive one-day program includes financial literacy training and tools in both Spanish and English to help students and parents understand how to effectively prepare for and apply to college. R2L’s Mentoring “Power Hour” connects students to successful CHCI alumni and Hispanic professionals who serve as role models. In the summer of 2011, CHCI will expand the R2L program to provide selected students a week in the nation’s capitol, providing innovative learning tools to provide a broad perspective of the professional opportunities open to students with a college education.

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Program 5

Scholarships

CHCI’s Scholarship Program supports Latino students in community college, four-year programs, and graduate school. Scholarships are awarded for two or four years, based on the student’s program of study, and provide critical financial assistance that help keep students in school and boost the Latino college graduation rate.

CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to link company-based internships to its scholarship grants, broadening the students’ professional opportunities and connecting corporate partners to critical Latino talent.

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Program 6

Ready 2 Lead (R2L) NextGen

The R2L NextGen program is a week-long Washington, D.C. experience, sponsored by State Farm and held in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. CHCI brings students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade 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.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    At its 2010 retreat, the CHCI Board of Directors engaged in a rigorous process to refine the mission and vision of the organization, review the core program areas, and develop CHCI’s first-ever, five year strategic plan to run from 2011 to 2015. The strategic plan is entitled “Building Our Future, Together.” Its goal is to grow and strengthen CHCI to serve more and leverage its clout to open opportunities and advance the community. CHCI outlined four strategic objectives that are groundbreaking and provide a road map that will help CHCI continue to build a solid foundation for future growth measured against its 2009/2010 benchmarks.

    Objective 1: Increase and Diversify CHCI Revenue Streams
    Objective 2: Increase CHCI’s effectiveness in advancing its mission through Branded Leadership Programs, Alumni and Convening Power
    Objective 3: Enhance the Visibility and Brand of CHCI & Image of the Latino Community
    Objective 4: Make CHCI a “Best Practice” Model in Board Governance
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The strategies include:

    Objective 1: Increase and Diversify CHCI Revenue Streams
    • Increase revenue to $10 million by 2015
    • Capital campaign goal of $15 million by 2017
    • Increase funding by private foundations
    • Establish regional funds – Youth Promise Fund
    • Increase number of individual donors through board, alumni, CFC/United Way, and mobile giving

    Objective 2: Increase CHCI’s effectiveness in advancing its mission through Branded Leadership Programs, Alumni and Convening Power
    • Work toward increasing the number of students served to 3,000 annually
    • Brand CHCI’s premiere leadership development model and curriculum
    • Develop short-term and long-term program metrics
    • Leverage CHCI’s convening power
    • Incorporate lifelong engagement of CHCI Alumni

    Objective 3: Enhance the Visibility and Brand of CHCI & Image of the Latino Community
    • Establish the brand value to position CHCI to own Latino leadership
    • Fully integrate social media and technology, including a redesign and overhaul of CHCI’s website and its marketing and communications platforms
    • Create integrated messaging and telling our story
    • Raise visibility of CHCI Alumni and provide positive images of Latinos

    Objective 4: Make CHCI a “Best Practice” Model in Board Governance
    • Develop new board structure and revise bylaws
    • Initiate new Advisory Council
    • Strengthen governance practices
    • Increase visibility of the Board and Advisory Council members
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Headquartered in our nation's capital, CHCI's service population is national in reach and has served Latino youth in 47 states and Puerto Rico. CHCI also has eight Alumni Chapters in key demographic cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

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Financials

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CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.

Leadership

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President & CEO

Ms. Esther Aguilera

BIO

Esther Aguilera, one of Washington's top strategic thinkers, is President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a position she has held since November 2004. Under her leadership, CHCI continues to aggressively expand national programs and services to Hispanic high school, college and graduate students - growing the organization's annual budget and national visibility.

She is a 2010 recipient of the Alumni Seal Award for Service to the Community from her alma mater, Occidental College in Los Angeles, and was featured as one of the nation's top 90 women mentoring leaders by Women of Wealth magazine in February 2011.

She has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in Washington, D.C., presented with Hispanic Magazine's 2006 Latina Excellence Award in Education, and was featured in Latino Leaders magazine's 2007 women's issue for her positive impact in the Hispanic community.

Aguilera's unique expertise - derived from extensive senior management experience in corporate, public affairs, policy, legislation, fundraising and the non-profit sector - makes her a sought out expert. In January 2011, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry appointed Aguilera to its newly created Hispanic Council on Federal Employment to to advise him on leading employment practices in the effort to remove barriers to recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce.

She began her career in Washington, DC in 1990 as a policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, a prominent national think tank, with extensive national policy development and research responsibilities leading Aguilera to author several major publications.

Aguilera was executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a legislative group on Capitol Hill, whom she worked for from 1993-98. Her responsibilities included legislative and relationship building among congressional, White House and constituency allies.

In October 1998, Aguilera was appointed to serve as senior advisor to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and executive director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Office. Under Secretary Richardson, Aguilera developed senior policy recommendations leading to the implementation of a nationwide Hispanic outreach program, increased DOE's small business contracting, established long-term partnerships with business leaders and launched the first DOE small business conference, now an annual event.

Prior to joining CHCI, Aguilera served as Principal at the Dewey Square Group, a nationally renowned public affairs firm, directing strategic national projects for a variety of Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits.

Aguilera has also led strategic membership fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, exceeding fundraising goals while implementing national outreach programs. She has been a featured speaker at numerous national conferences and forums, including Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, National Council of La Raza, Latina Style Magazine, among others.

She holds a BA in Public Policy from Occidental College, Los Angeles. A native of Mexico, Aguilera's family relocated to Los Angeles in 1972. Overcoming numerous obstacles, today the Aguilera's have achieved the American dream. She is married and the mother of two wonderful boys, Mackie and Jacob.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Linda Sanchez

CHCI/U.S. House of Representatives

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan