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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., September 17, 2009 - The New York Life Foundation announced today a $75,000 grant to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to support the 2009-2010 Public Policy Fellowship Program. The nine-month Fellowship Program offers 20 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 such areas as international affairs, economic development, education policy, housing, or local government in Washington, D.C.

"We are grateful for the funding from the New York Life Foundation, an organization that shares our commitment to providing educational enhancement opportunities for young people," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI president and CEO. "The New York Life Foundation shares our belief that it is vitally important for young people to receive the tools and experience they need to compete in today's rapidly changing business environment."

"The New York Life Foundation is pleased to partner with an organization that nurtures promising young people to become future leaders by enhancing their leadership abilities and strengthening their professional skills," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation.

Twenty Fellows are selected annually, 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, Washington-based media, 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 $120 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 mentoring, the establishment 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

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