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Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders Press Conference

Fri May 7, 2010 at Lee Jamail Academic Room, Main Building 2nd floor

According to the U.S. Census, between 2000 and 2006, Hispanics accounted for one-half of the nation’s growth.   Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States. One-in-five schoolchildren is Hispanic. One-in-four newborns is Hispanic.  According to the Pew Center, never before in this country's history has a minority ethnic group made up so large a share of the youngest Americans. This changing demography brings new challenges and opportunities.

The leaders of tomorrow must be prepared to address the needs of this rising generation.  It is imperative that these emerging leaders receive the necessary education and training to realize their potential.  To help meet this need, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Exes are launching an academy focused on Hispanic issues, Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders.  Funded by private philanthropy, the 2010 pilot program will be held on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin on July 18-21, 2010.


The Academy

Subiendo will bring to the University outstanding students who have completed their junior year of high school.  These students will participate over a four-day (three-night) period in intensive leadership training and community building exercises.  The program will feature nationally prominent speakers, simulation exercises, and classroom training.  Student cohorts will analyze policy issues affecting the Hispanic community and present solutions in a plenary session.  Students will also participate in additional activities, including a visit to the state capitol, a meeting with business leaders, and recreational networking and team-building exercises.

For the summer 2010 academy, application is open to Central Texas high school students, regardless of race or ethnicity, who have completed their junior year by July 1, 2010.  Students must complete an application and essay on challenges facing the State of Texas.  (High schools in Central Texas have been contacted to invite their students to apply.  The goal is to expand the program in future years to include students statewide.) 

The academy is free for participating students, who will stay in the University’s Jester Center for the duration of the program.


To learn more about the Academy or to apply, please visit

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