The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is a nonprofit organization focused on creating opportunities for, and providing services to, emerging young leaders from the Latino community. CHCI was first formed in 1978, by four members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who founded the organization “to serve as an educational institute whose programs would serve the national Hispanic community.”
Today, CHCI, continues to provide fellowships, internships, and access to other programs, to over 1,600 high-achieving students annually, exposing them to the inner workings of Washington, DC. Fellows, interns, and other student participants gain leadership experience, and have the opportunity to build a professional network that will support their efforts as future leaders of the Hispanic community.
CHCI partners with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) through its membership in the Youth Leadership Consortium. Led by HSF, the Youth Leadership Consortium is a partnership of organizations—the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, American Indian College Fund, APIA Scholars, College Board, College Greenlight, Jack and Jill Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Steve Fund —who share the goal of ensuring that the families collectively served by institutions of higher education are representative of the diversity of the US population.
In April 2017, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund designated CHCI as its Community Partner of the Year, at the annual Leaders in Education Awards. The annual event recognizes HSF Scholars, parents, community organizations, and education partners, for their special contributions to advancing higher education for Latino students.