Hands-on training for students: Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI)

LCI's role

The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute seeks to empower the next generation of Latino/Hispanic student leaders. Students who are nominated for the program attend regional training sessions throughout the school year to prepare for the marquee 3-day Leadership Institute in March. 

LCI supports PR/HYLI in two ways.  We help to ensure that regional training session content aligns to standards, builds students’ leadership capacity and deepens their thinking and skills.  We also design and lead a team- and skills-building project for the 200+ students who attend the weekend Institute.  Projects are designed to be authentic, impactful and relevant, providing students with critical skills and leadership experience to inspire them and help them grow into their potential.

The Student Experience

A recent project focused on Social Entrepreneurship.  Student teams were tasked with designing a proposal for a business that would address one of three existing social issues. Teams needed to brainstorm potential social ventures, reach consensus on the best idea, then fully develop and present a business case to their peers. Projects were assessed by actual entrepreneurs and culminated with three teams winning first, second and third place for their work.

The project exposed students to critical competencies – including in perspective-taking, teamwork and collaboration; research, writing and presenting; and critical thinking and evaluation. They responded well to the unstructured and authentic nature of the work, with one student commenting on how it was harder than anything they were asked to do in school, but more rewarding because they were able to generate their own approach and solution to the issue.