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Students take on Washington, D.C.

Two Dallas ISD students in Washington, DC. Two Dallas ISD students recently participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s week-long leadership program in Washington, D.C. Students Isaac Martinez from Wilmer-Hutchins High School and Luis Lemus from North Dallas High School were among four students from Dallas chosen to participate in the R2L NextGen program.

In partnership with the Close Up Foundation and State Farm Insurance, the founding sponsor of the program, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute welcomed 40 high school students from 10 metro areas across the country to the nation’s capital to learn about how the federal government works, meet important leaders, visit historic sites and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities. 

The R2L NextGen program is an extension of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s intensive one-day Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness program, held in cities throughout the country.
The program combines the Close Up Foundation’s civic education program with the caucus’ leadership curriculum for Latino youth in an effort to expand the organization’s outreach to high school students and increase its impact in the college readiness and leadership development arenas. 

PHOTO: (Left to right) Mayra Gonzalez (Williams Preparatory), Isaac Martinez (Wilmer-Hutchins High School), Doris Benavides (Jack Singley High School, Irving) and Luis Lemus (North Dallas High School) participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s third annual R2L NextGen leadership program.