The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is sponsored by the New York State Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force and the New York State Education Department. The goals of the Institute are to develop leadership skills in Latino/Hispanic youth; to create opportunities for Latino/Hispanic students to interact with positive role models such as Puerto Rican/Latino elected officials, educators, and business leaders; to create partnerships and conversations among educators, business leaders and students, and to develop in depth knowledge of the state legislative process.
In preparation for the Institute a local training program sponsored by the Capital District RBERN is conducted. Students that apply for the program are trained over the winter and twelve students are then selected to participate in the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany in March.
During the three-day Institute in Albany, students participate in leadership activities, network with high school students from across New York State, participate in a mock assembly, interact with legislatures and attend a Student Recognition Dinner where college scholarships are awarded to seniors on a competitive basis.
The weekend Institute will take place on March 7-9, 2020.