CHCI was founded in 1978 by a group of visionary Hispanic members of Congress who recognized the need to educate young Latinos about the legislative process and prepare them to assume national and local leadership roles. Thirty-nine years later, our founders’ vision is still embedded in CHCI’s programs, which are built on three cornerstones of success: educational attainment and college access (EDUCATE), youth leadership development (EMPOWER), and unparalleled access to a powerful network of Latino leaders (CONNECT).
Through the principles of EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and CONNECT, CHCI achieves its mission of Developing the Next Generation of Latino Leaders® by offering quality programs that not only transform the lives of the participants, but also create pathways to success that profoundly increase the contributions Latino youth make to their families, communities, and our society.
CHCI is the only national Latino organization that offers a pipeline of programs for Latino youth that begins with high school and extends through young professionals. This comprehensive approach to educating, empowering, and connecting young Latinos helps reduce the college completion gap created by race and income. Many CHCI program participants are first in their families to go to college, and the majority come from families with household incomes below $45,000. To attest to our success, our outstanding program alumni consistently assume top leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.