HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT
Student outreach and recruitment officially launches by August 15, every year with the intent of circulating program materials to 1,000 private and public high schools. Special attention is given in the United States to the Midwest, Northwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and targeted schools in Latin America. As always, the intent of NHI is to create solid gender, community and national diversity amongst represented students. Having early access to student names, addresses and emails also allows the organization to establish early contact with families to begin the registration process.
Early outreach and recruitment begins August – October
Regular outreach and recruitment begins October – November
Late outreach and recruitment begins December – until capacity
Teachers and counseling offices may assist by nominating students they feel would both benefit from the NHI experience and also meet the academic requirements to gain admission.
How Counselors, Teachers, And Administrators Can Help
Encouraging students to apply early and follow NHI deadline schedules is one of the most important ways that school representatives can assist in the outreach and recruitment process. Establishing continuing contact with NHI staff during student mobilization, not to mention coordinating classroom presentations, identifying and nominating prospective candidates, and encouraging academically eligible students to apply are by far some of the most beneficial services that school officials can provide.
To provide context to NHI’s planned recruitment program, the following program summaries are provided:
Six-Day Great Debate, 9th Grade Students: Nominations for the Northeast Great Debate at Villanova University, open to students who reside in Latin America and anywhere in the U.S., especially the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, and the Midwest Great Debate at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois for students in the Midwestern states of the U.S., begins in August. The Texas Star Great Debate focuses on students from southern Texas and parts of Northern Mexico. Nominees who gain admission will be integrated into the organization’s general candidate outreach program. A deposit will be due 10 days after acceptance, and full payment is required 30 days after deposit and may be made in partial installments.
Four-Day Great Debate, 9th Grade Students, Texas Only: School nominations for the Texas Great Debates begins in August for students who reside in Texas and also plan to join local area teams that compete at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and University of Texas at Austin. Nominees approved for admission are integrated into the organization’s general candidate pool for review, admission, announcement, and local activity approval purposes. This also includes families paying the program deposit 10 days after acceptance. Full payment is required 30 days after deposit and may be made in partial installments.
Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, All Programs: Nominations for the LDZ begin August for all admission considerations, including crossover Great Debate participants. Nominees approved for admission are integrated into the organization’s general candidate pool for review and admission. A program deposit is due 10 days after admission. Full payment is required 30 days after deposit and may be made in partial installments.
Collegiate World Series, 11th grade students: Nominations for the CWS begin August for all admission considerations, including crossover Great Debate and LDZ participants. Nominees approved for admission are integrated into the organization’s general candidate pool for review and admission. A program deposit is due 10 days after admission. Full payment is required 30 days after deposit and may be made in partial installments.
Crossover Candidates: NHI youth who attended the Great Debate or Lorenzo de Zavala Legislative Session may apply for crossover admission to the LDZ or CWS throughout the summer with August being their official deadline to submit an application and deposit. Applicants who also attend Celebración will have their deposit deadline extended to remit their full payments later.
Host Schools: In circumstances where students attend an NHI program through school-hosted sponsorships, agreements reached between NHI and the host entity guide the payment process. Schools are encouraged to also adopt an alternate system of student replacement in the event that an admitted student is unable to attend because of illness or other circumstances.
A school nomination does not guarantee admission to students interested in attending an NHI leadership program. However, nomination does signal a serious intent by a school to have its students given consideration. A nomination commits neither a student to participate, nor the school to play any sponsorship role. Once a nomination reaches NHI Headquarters, immediate follow-up takes place gauge interest. This includes direct communication by NHI to the student and parents. Additionally, official copies of brochures, that include deadlines and other administrative requirements for admission, are provided.
Counselors who nominate students can further guide students by going over materials, including program videos that can be accessed through www.nhi-net.org, and directing questions to NHI Headquarters. Nominations can be sent via email to designated program officers, via fax to 512-357-2206, or P.O. BOX 220, MAXWELL, TEXAS 78656.
In conducting its selection process, NHI endeavors to admit the best-qualified students possible while also ensuring gender balance, diversity, and even representation from schools throughout the United States and Latin America.
Distribution Of Program Brochures And Applications
Yearly, the National Hispanic Institute designs, prints, and distributes thousands of brochures that describe its programs, explain student eligibility requirements, highlight important deadline schedules, and list official program costs. While efforts are made by NHI staff to circulate these and other educational materials to a large numbers of schools, school officials can always request them by either calling the National Hispanic Institute directly at 512-357-5137 or emailing any staff member listed here. Electronic copies of these documents can also be found here.
Classroom And Community Presentations
The National Hispanic Institute is always glad to provide classroom and community presentations on its summer initiatives. We encourage school officials to work directly with our staff to coordinate an in-person visit, videoconferencing, or teleconferencing presentation.