Our National Philanthropy
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
On Wednesday, July 30, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) signed an agreement that includes both a philanthropic and service commitment to support CHCI’s high school college readiness programs in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. Lambda Theta Phi’s national fundraising campaign will aid CHCI’s Ready 2 Lead Next Gen program, a week-long civic engagement experience for 9th, 10th and 11th grade Latino students to learn about the federal government and explore Washington, DC. Lambda Theta Phi will also support CHCI’s Ready 2 Lead college readiness events, held throughout the United States, with undergraduate and alumni volunteers.
The most significant part of the partnership with CHCI is a commitment to raise funds for the R2L NextGen program. The goal for 2016 is to raise $22,000 to support seven students who will attend the one-week experience in Washington, D.C.
The Fraternity will fundraise each year to support R2L NextGen much like our past philanthopic efforts to benefit the American Heart Association. We encourage chapters to collect change in support of the fundraising effort (replacing our former Nickel Drive with the Quarter for the Quarter Drive), while also encouraging competition among chapters and sectors using the Crowdrise format that enjoyed significant success last year when total fundraising surpassed $21,000.
Our partnership with CHCI also provides a number of opportunities for service at one of the many Ready 2 Lead (R2L) programs hosted throughout the nation each year. CHCI will look to Lambda to supply undergraduate brothers to help with registration and execution of the event, and alumni to serve as mentors for the Mentoring Power Hour component of the program. A complete schedule of R2L event dates can be found here.
Fundraising CampaignExamples of our many campaign activities occurring throughout the nation
Chapters lead a quarter drive at their respective campuses throughout the academic year to support CHCI’s R2L NextGen program. This fundraiser is based on the fact that 1 in every 4 children in the U.S. are Latin@, so one quarter would represent that 1⁄4 of the population. The campaign for Fall 2016 will take place October 3 – 28, 2016.
Single Student Fundraisers
Alumni chapters are encouraged to fundraise money to send a student to the R2L NextGen program by donating $2,500.00. The chapter that fundraises this amount will have the honor of picking the city/region from which CHCI will select the student.
National Online Campaign
Everyone is welcome to contribute to our national “Latin@ Leaders” Campaign via our Crowdrise donation site. Funds raised here go directly to CHCI (tax-deductible through this site only), and a running total of all contributions is available on the site.
2015 Fundraising Total ($)
2015 R2L NextGen Students Supported
Mentoring Power Hour Volunteers
2016 Fundraising Goal ($)
Ready 2 Lead (R2L) ProgramThe Service Focus of Our Partnership
Launched in 2007, CHCI’s Ready to Lead (R2L) program was designed to educate, motivate, and empower more Latino students to finish high school and pursue a postsecondary education. Since it’s founding, R2L has served nearly 7,000 students from across the nation by providing them with information on college admissions, financial aid, and leadership development in order to equip them with the tools and knowledge necessary to help them lead successful futures. CHCI typically hosts seven R2L events each year held on college campuses in U.S. cities with large concentrations of Latinos.
Courses and activities that will support a strong college application
A primer on financial basics from managing credit cards and checking accounts to saving for college, and resources for financial aid
An introduction to CHCI’s Four Leadership Pillars to give students the tools necessary to take leadership roles in their schools and communities
Mentoring Power Hour
An activity for students to engage in a fluid conversation with mentors, discussing the mentor’s personal success stories and learning ways to create their own
R2L NextGenThe Philanthropic Focus of the Latin@ Leaders Fundraising Campaign
The R2L NextGen program provides Latino high school students the chance to spend a week in Washington, D.C., exploring the city and the role it plays in our nation’s past, present, and future. The program is designed to enhance participants’ leadership abilities, engage them in conversations about public policy and government, and ultimately produce more informed and civically engaged Latino youth. R2L NextGen helps students to raise their awareness and knowledge about the importance of a college education, develop lifelong leadership habits, and recognize their role as active citizens in their community. The confidence, knowledge, and skills that the students garnered during the program will prove indispensible as they continue to foster their leadership skills in their community and serve as an agent of change.
The intensive six-day program provides Latino high school students the tools and training to become civically engaged citizens and leaders within their community, by:
- Engaging in discussions and mentoring sessions with Latino community leaders
- Participating in briefings to gain knowledge about issues affecting the national Latino community
- Exploring the nation’s capital and learning about our democratic process
Free of Charge
The program is completely free-of-charge to students. Travel, lodging, meals and activities will all be covered through the support of State Farm Insurance Companies, regional fundraising, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. CHCI selects students through a competitive application process.
Visit Washington, D.C.
While in Washington, students have the opportunity to:
- Visit historic monuments and museums in the nation’s capital
- Interact with prominent national Latino leaders
- Tour Capitol Hill
- Meet with Members of Congress
- Receive training on how to make a difference in their community
- Become a junior member of the CHCI Alumni Association
Upon completion, students become junior members of the CHCI Alumni Association. CHCI continues to serve the students by sharing information about relevant programs and leadership opportunities via the Junior Alumni Facebook page and highlighting their accomplishments through the “Junior Alumni of the Month” feature of the e-newsletter.