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Have you joined NHI’s Private Alumni Page?

This is the place for you to connect with other NHI alums, stay up to date with what’s happening at NHI, learn about events, and more. 

We hope to connect more alumni than ever this year, so please join our alumni page and help us build our network at

NHI Alumni and friends who participate in spreading the word about NHI's leadership initiatives are welcome to help. We offer a number of ways to support our efforts such as make a donation, nominate a student in your local community, or join one of our local or regional chapters. For more information about how to get more involved, please email us at

Become A Volunteer

Annually, hundreds of volunteers support NHI's mission and work. There are various ways one can participate as a volunteer whether you are an alumnus/a or former participant of a NHI program, former employee, parent, or are new to NHI and want to get involved. The majority of NHI's volunteer opportunities take place during the late Spring and Summer months. Contact us to learn about our various initiatives throughout the year and the steps you can take to formally volunteer with NHI in 2022-2023. 

All volunteers regardless of their level of participation or length of service annually complete an official Volunteer Agreement and register their participation. Some volunteers, depending on their role or project assignment, may be required to complete additional requirements. In addition, we expect all volunteers to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. Please read more about our I AM NHI Fundamentals and Code  of Professionalism and Ethics. For more detailed information or if you have questions, please email


If you are a current NHI High School member that has participated in either the Great Debate, LDZ, or CWS, you are welcome to compete for a volunteer role for the 2023 summer. Aside from completing an agreement and completing the volunteer interest form, high school volunteers who want to return must participate in NHI's Volunteer Outreach and Recruitment Campaign. High school volunteers work alongside NHI staff, alumni, and local chapter leaders to recruit and nominate prospective members. Current high school members who want to participate in this campaign to earn their way back to NHI Summer 2023, please complete this interest form so follow up information can be sent to you. 


If you are a current NHI Undergraduate member that has participated in either the Great Debate, LDZ, or CWS, you are welcome to apply for a volunteer role for the 2023 summer or inquire about specialist or potential contractor positions. Aside from completing an agreement and completing the volunteer interest form, college/undergraduate volunteers who want to return are challenged to participate in NHI's Volunteer Outreach and Recruitment Campaign in the Fall semester and the Spring Orientation after the holiday months. College volunteers get hands on management and training experience whether they are Head Coaches at the Great Debate, Senior Counselors at the LDZ, or Senior Mentors at the CWS. Undergraduates also make up NHI's annual cohort of interns in the John F. Lopez, Jr. Research and Management Fellowship. Undergraduates who undergo advanced training are invited to service in specialist roles such as Tournament Directors, Assistant Onsite Directors, Secretaries of State, and Directors of Production to name a few.  

Current undergraduate/college members who want to participate and also earn their way back to NHI Summer 2023, please complete this interest form so follow up information can be sent to you. 

For more information on the JFL internship, click here to be directed to that information.


NHI is a great organization to partner with whether you are an individual or represent an organization. If you have learned about NHI's work and want to volunteer, drop us a quick note at, give us a call at 512-357-6137, or send a message to any of our social media accounts. There may be in person volunteer opportunities especially, if you or your organization of are in Central Texas. Like all nonprofit organizations, there are various projects that can benefit from volunteer involvement. Often civic or religious groups, college organizations, and other clubs in college and high school earn volunteer and service hours working on projects with NHI.

Throughout the year, at the home office in Maxwell, as well as through our local Alliance chapters in key communities, and more and more, through digital/virtual means, various opportunities to volunteer arise. Contact NHI to learn how you or a group of you and your peers can volunteer with NHI. 

Examples of Non-Summer Program Volunteering:

  • Home office clean up and inventory projects 
  • Phone banking and special calling campaigns
  • Annual research projects 
  • Large mail outs and material distribution
  • Office and administrative support
  • Registration and welcome committees
  • Event set up and tear down  


In NHI's last two decades, alumni (former participants of NHI high school programs; former employees) have become integral to the organization's growth and development. Starting in the early 2000s, NHI alumni started managing and directing summer programs. Additionally, NHI alumni  represent the majority of the regional leadership of the organization's local Alliance chapters. NHI alumni also take part in local outreach and recruitment helping to share their stories and encourage new high schools and families to join. Additionally, throughout the year NHI's home office team as well as local Alliances host small events and projects that benefit from volunteer service from alumni professionals.

If you are a former NHI high school participant who wants to re-engage, contact Julio Cotto, LDZ '97, at or Nicole Nieto, LDZ '86, to They will communicate with you about your volunteer goals, availability, interests, and find the best pairing for you. We are always happy to take calls from alumni at 512-357-6137. Also, follow us on LinkedIn where we have a growing alumni community. 

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