Leadership training for outstanding Valley high school freshmen
The National Hispanic Institute’s Young Leaders Conference
is an intellectual experience for college-bound high school freshmen.
Using debate as its primary tool, the program creates an
atmosphere where you create ideas and then learn to persuade others
to buy into them. It's an opportunity that allows you to free your
Every year, over 80 of the top freshmen from Hidalgo and
Starr come together to compete as a team at the Texas Great Debate
at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, the Texas Ambassador Great Debate
at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the Southwest Great
Debate at Adams College in Alamosa, Colorado. 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 amazing and fun people," says a 2006 RGVYLC
participant from Nikki Rowe 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
here to see the slideshow of 2007, and what it was like to go
through this program.
valuable edge in college admissions
It’s 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, Yale, Loyola, MIT, Stanford,
Trinity, St. Mary's, Baylor, Amherst, Cal Tech, George Washington,
Texas A&M and the University of Texas. College Register schools
take a special interest in participants. Some set aside scholarships
for NHIers. "NHI gave me the edge and connections I needed to
get into my college of choice," says Eric Fantich, a 2000 RGVYLCer
who recently graduated from Brown University.
Click here to download a printable 2011 RGVYLC Application Packet in
Adobe Acrobat format.
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