The National Hispanic Institute offers four different leadership programs to High School students beginning freshman year.
Each year high school students from around the DFW area participate in The Great Debate (9th grade), Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session (10th & 11th grade) and the Collegiate World Series (11th grade). These experiences focus on communication skills, community service, cultural appreciation, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
THE GREAT DEBATE
The Great Debate is the introductory program of the National Hispanic Institute aimed toward high school freshman. This is a competitive debate style program aimed to develop and improve communication skills by discussing important social issues that effect the Latino community. The primary take away of this program is to challenge students intellectually, increase students capacity to express thoughts, and compete at the highest level against equally qualified peers.
YOUTH LEGISLATIVE SESSION
The LDZ is a week long program where students learn to navigate and ultimately create a bureaucratic system in the form of a mock government. Participants learn the art of persuasion, create policies, form their own political parties, and seek to be elected to a political office, including Senate, Supreme Court Justice, Governor (President) & Lt. Governor (Vice President), and House of Representatives. The most rigorous of NHI programs, the LDZ challenges students to create and envision future leadership within the Latino community.
COLLEGIATE WORLD SERIES
The CWS is the last program students participate in as a high school student. This is the summation of all NHI programs. Students “graduate” from NHI with a ceremony, then undergo competitive exercises in preparation for completing the college application process. Furthermore, students dive into IBL (immersive based learning) through a question based approach to analyze goals and decisions that will shape their futures.