The National Hispanic Institute
Each year, youth participate in National Hispanic Institute (NHI) experiences such as The Great Debate (9th grade), Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session (10th & 11th grade) and the Collegiate World Series (11th grade). These experiences focus on communication skills building, community service, cultural appreciation, leadership and character development as well as parent development. Students will present proposals to advance the leadership and character of the Latino community, argue their ideas and concepts among their peers, and learn the art of problem solving and conflict resolution as keys to successful participation in organized efforts. The experience is based on beliefs and standards of conduct forming a community that is reflective for the future.
The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session
The LDZ is the most recognized high school age leadership program of NHI and is available for sophomores and juniors in high school. Started in 1983, the overall challenge of the LDZ is for the students to envision themselves as part of the future leadership of a 21st Century Latino community.