Three Camden students were chosen to participate in a Latino youth leadership training program this summer in the nation’s capital.
Jonathan Ramirez and Peter Rivera Jr., both students at Camden’s LEAP Academy Charter School, and Michelle Melanie Panchana, a student at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in Philadelphia, will be attending the 2013 Ready To Lead Next Generation, or R2L NextGen.
The program was created and is hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership development organization. The CHCI invites 40 high school students from around the country, who are seen as future Latino leaders, to spend a week in Washington, DC.
During the the week-long program, the students will learn the importance of their role as engaged citizens and how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force. The students will also meet with Latino leaders and visit historic sites.