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The National Hispanic Institute Presents

The Rio Grande Valley

Young Leaders Conference

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Leadership training for outstanding

Valley high school freshmen

The National Hispanic Instituteís Young Leaders Conference is an intellectual experience that introduces college-bound high school freshmen to communications as a crucial element in leadership training. Kids from Hidalgo, Starr and Zapata Counties come together to compete as a team at either the Texas Great Debate at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and the Texas Ambassador Great Debate at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. You compete in one of four events: Mock Trial, Cross Examination Debate, Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking. Best of all, you get away from home and live on a college campus for four days.


Make friends from all over

 and have fun....

The RGVYLC consists of some of the best and brightest high school freshmen from throughout Hidalgo and Starr counties. The entire program, from training to judging, is run by youth for youth. "I met some of the most awesome and fun people," says a 2003 RGVYLC participant from Edinburg High School. " I have made some of the best friends of my life. Anywhere in the Valley or in Texas, you know you have friends you can chill and hang out with. You become known."

Get a valuable edge

in college admissions

Itís getting more and more competitive to get into top colleges. In addition to your academic records, colleges review your out-of-school activities to see if you are the type of student they want. NHI programs like the YLC give you an edge. You also get access to the College Register, a partnership between NHI and 80 prestigious universities and colleges that includes Brown, Cornell, Notre Dame, Duke, MIT, Stanford, Trinity, Penn, Amherst, Navy, Air Force, Texas A&M and the University of Texas. College Register schools take a special interest in NHI participants and some set aside scholarships for NHI participants. "NHI gave me the edge and connections I needed to get into my college of choice," says Eric Fantich, a 2000 RGVYLCer who now attends prestigious Brown University.

To Apply.....

Click here to download a printable 2004 YLC Application and tuition information sheet in Adobe Acrobat format.

Click here to view the official 2004 YLC brochure.

To apply online at the NHI web page, click here.   


Important Dates

Program Tuition and Deadlines

NHI Application Fee: $25 (due with application).


Tuition Deposit: $100 (due 30 calendar days after acceptance letter).


Final Tuition Payment: $270 (due 60 calendar days after acceptance.


Payment Plans available. Contact NHI.

For More Information....

Check out the National Hispanic Institute's Young Leaders Conference web page at

Paco Gonzales

RGVYLC Project Administrator

(956) 380-4695



Erika Aguirre-Nieto

National Hispanic Institute

Director of Enrollment Management

(512) 357-6137






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