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Georgia’s fastest growing talent pool is its Hispanic population. By 2030, one in five Georgians under 24 will be Hispanic. With that in mind, a new leadership development program was created to build a larger and stronger group of Hispanic leaders ready to serve their communities and organizations.

The Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute (CHLI) was designed and implemented in 2015 through a partnership of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.

How can high school students serve their communities? That was the focus of a six-day residential program for youth interested in issues that affect the Latino community.

Leadership ¡Sin Limites! (Spanish for "without limits") — developed by the Fanning Institute — has helped youth develop leadership skills, exposed them to the college experience, and promoted civic engagement for the past 14 summers.

Last week marked the halfway point of the Graduate Scholars Leadership, Engagement, and Development (GS LEAD) Summer Academy. Twelve incoming University of Georgia doctoral students from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and other disciplines have been immersed in a summer-long student-centered learning environment to foster the development of critical skills. The Summer Academy is part of a National Science Foundation funded program to train doctoral students in problem solving, interdisciplinary team work, leadership, communication and engagement.

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