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New York Life Foundation Grants $75,000 To The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship Program

Grant Supports Nine-Month Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. for Latino College Graduates

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 12, 2011 - The New York Life Foundation announced today a $75,000 grant to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to support the 2011-2012 Public Policy Fellowship Program. The nine-month Fellowship Program offers 15 recent college graduates of Hispanic descent from across the country the opportunity to gain real-world work experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. in such areas as international affairs, economic development, education policy, housing or local government.

"We thank the New York Life Foundation for continuing to support the Public Policy Fellowship Program and enabling promising young people opportunities that will develop their leadership abilities and strengthen their professional skills," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI president and chief executive officer. "These recent graduates are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with unique access to key policy makers through placements that help jumpstart their future careers."

"We are pleased to continue to support efforts that help to develop future leaders by providing bright and promising scholars with the opportunity to gain important skills through real-world work experience," said Marlyn Torres, assistant vice president, New York Life Foundation. "By providing hands-on placements with key decision makers, coupled with leadership development workshops and a community service component, the Fellows will build the skills and experience they need to move on to have successful careers."

Fifteen Fellows were selected based on the quality of their applications and interview scores. The CHCI Fellowship Program offers Fellows:

  • Work Experience - with a range of opportunities including jobs in congressional offices, federal agencies, national advocacy organizations, and government-related institutions.
  • Community Service - Fellows are required to engage in community service in identified areas of civic interest.
  • Leadership Development - a once a week, culturally focused leadership training curriculum, and workshops and seminars designed around leadership development.

About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $140 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at