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

Foundation Funding for Fellowship Program Reaches More Than $320,000 Since 2009

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 12, 2012—The New York Life Foundation announced today a $75,000 grant to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to support the 2012-2013 Public Policy Fellowship Program. The program offers up to 16 recent college graduates of Hispanic descent from across the country the opportunity to complete a nine-month paid fellowship and gain real-world work experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows can work in international affairs, economic development, education policy, housing, or local government in Washington, D.C.

"We thank the New York Life Foundation for continuing to support the Public Policy Fellowship Program and providing promising young Latinos with opportunities to enhance their leadership abilities and strengthen their professional skills," said Esther Aguilera, president and CEO, CHCI. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for recent graduates provides access to national leaders and key policy makers that will help shape their future careers."

"We are pleased to support CHCI’s mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders," said Marlyn Torres, corporate vice president of the New York Life Foundation. "We are happy to continue our partnership with CHCI because they enable young people who have the passion to succeed but limited access to educational enhancement opportunities the chance to contribute to the American public policy making process."

Approximately 16 Fellows are selected annually, based on their applications and interview scores. The CHCI Fellowship Program offers Fellows:
  • Work Experience - With a range of opportunities including jobs in congressional offices, government agencies, and national advocacy organizations.
  • Community Service - Fellows are required to engage in community service in identified areas of civic interest.
  • Leadership and Professional Development – A weekly training curriculum that includes workshops and seminars that promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and the value of Hispanic culture.

About CHCI
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, visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter (chci), LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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 $155 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 educational enhancement 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 www.newyorklife.com/foundation.