Every year youth from the Mid-West Region participate in a training consisting of a series of six 5-hour Saturday trainings beginning in December and lasting through March or April. Ten students are selected to participate in the Annual Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany. The Institute's purpose is to foster the leadership skills of Latino students and to introduce them to New York State's legislative process. College scholarships are awarded to seniors on a competitive basis at the conclusion of the Institute. Students must be in 11th or 12th grade and have at least one parent of Latino/Hispanic descent to participate. The Institute is a collaborative effort among the NYS Senate/Assembly Puerto Rican/ Hispanic Task Force, New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education, ASPIRA of New York, the New York City Department of Education and the Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN)
Student Selection Criteria
Ten students will be selected to participate in the Mid-West RBE-RN delegation based on the following criteria:
Currently in 11th or 12th grade
Strong written recommendation from teacher and/or guidance counselor
Demonstrated leadership skills
Documented involvement in the community
Interest in government policy making
Commitment to participate in six 5 hour training sessions
Proficiency in communication skills in English and/or Spanish
Parent / Guardian interest, support, and consent
Final decisions may be based on follow-up interviews.
Great care should be taken by district personnel to select students who have demonstrated academic and social maturity.
Application packets will be sent to students and completed application must include:
- A completed application Form (MUST be signed by Principal and Guidance Counselor)
- Participation Form
- High school transcript
- Authorization for medical treatment of minors (MUST be signed by Parents/Guardians)
- Parental consent form (MUST also be signed by Principal)
- Photo,Videos & Essays Release Form (MUST be signed by Parents/Guardians)
- Two (2) letters of recommendation (1 from school, 1 from community)
- A meaningful and responsive 350-500 word essay
For more information about PR/HYLI, click here.
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This criteria was developed by the New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education.