Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI)

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

Monroe Delegation: 
Every year youth from the Mid-West Region participate in a series of FREE trainings for a total of 30 hours, November through March. 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 Hispanic students and to introduce them to New York State's legislative process. Students must be in 11th or 12th grade and have at least one parent of Hispanic descent to participate. For more information click on Student Selection Criteria. College scholarships are awarded to seniors on a competitive basis at the conclusion of the Institute. 

Anna Stukes and Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa (PRHYLI Alumni)
Each trainer brings unique strengths to support student success in the program and beyond.  PRHYLI Alumni are always welcome to visit and share their experiences with current PRHYLI Monroe Student Delegates.  PRHYLI Almuni interested, contact Anna Stukes directly.

Apply here by November 1st.  *Please provide a frequently used e-mail address to receive more detailed information and updates.

2023-2024 Training Dates at 8:30am - 2:30pm:
1. Friday, November 17, 2023 at NYSUT: 30 N Union St., Rochester, NY
2. Friday, December 8, 2023 at NYSUT: 30 N Union St., Rochester, NY
3. Friday, January 12, 2024 at NYSUT: 30 N Union St., Rochester, NY
4, Friday, January 19, 2024 at NYSUT: 30 N Union St., Rochester, NY
5. Friday, February 2, 2024 at NYSUT: 30 N Union St., Rochester, NY
5. Saturday, February 10, 2024: location TBD

ALBANY WEEKEND: March 8th - 11th, 2024 
*No cost

Please contact:
Anna Stukes
Mid-West RBERN
Local PRHYLI Coordinator
3599 Big Ridge Road
Spencerport, NY 14559
Ph: (585) 352-2790
[email protected] 

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).

Interested in other leadership opportunities?  
Check out the National Hispanic Institute held at the University of Rochester every summer.  The program is not JUST for Latinos, but for those interested in learning about government and Civic Engagement, understanding it will be Latino Culture based. Since 1982, high ability, high achieving 10th, and 11th-grade students have graduated from the competitive and transformative Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ) experience designed for future community leaders.

Students are invited to this eight-day intensive leadership experience filled with unexpected and unplanned challenges and hurdles. Known as “LDZ,” this experience is an opportunity for young people to learn how to navigate, manage and create large organizations by taking charge of their own youth government and proposing future community policies and projects.