RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS
WHEREAS, The US Latino population is the largest and
fastest growing minority group in the United States,
representing 14% of the overall population and projected to
account for up to 25% in 2050.
WHEREAS, Latino children represent the second largest group
of students in the nationís schools, yet currently more
than one-fourth (27.3%) of Latinos have less than a 9th
grade education and only 1 in 10 Latinos (10.6%) currently
have a college degree.
WHEREAS, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
serves as a clearinghouse for educational programs,
services and information to provide Latino youth with the
tools and resources to attain higher levels of education,
opening the doors of opportunity for Latinos to grow and
realize their full potential, including becoming effective
WHEREAS, The fellowships and internships provided and
facilitated by CHCI combine professional experience in the
Nationís Capital, including leadership development
workshops and training, exclusive meetings with national
leaders, policy briefings, and community service projects.
WHEREAS, CHCI programs foster leadership and prepare youth
to become leaders and decision-makers in our society and
increase Hispanic representation at senior leadership and
management levels in the private, public, profit and nonprofit
WHEREAS, CHCIís eight week summer internship program for
Latino college students provides hands-on experience, job
placements in Congressional offices; and
WHEREAS, CHCIís nine month fellowship program for recent
college graduates provides young Latinos with unparalleled
hands-on experience in policy-related jobs and positions in
federal agencies, non-profits and the private sector.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that USCM applauds the work
of CHCI in opening the doors of opportunity and providing
invaluable development for Latino youth.
USCM welcomes the opportunity to partner with CHCI to
increase the visibility of these leadership and
educational opportunities in our nationís cities.
USCM supports efforts to provide more educational
opportunities and services to Latinos that recognize the
particular needs in our community to empower and develop
young Hispanic leaders of the future.
USCM calls on mayors to begin a public dialogue within
their communities to promote CHCIís opportunities and
help identify young, talented Latinos in their cities as
potential program participants.