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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis Foundation has established the Hispanic Leadership Institute for high school (10th-12th grade) students as a select program for 25-30 individuals to develop leadership skills and give back to the St. Louis community. The purpose of this program is to:

  • Identify Hispanic leaders and develop their leadership skills
  • Create a network of Hispanic student leaders interested in giving back to the community
  • Provide new networks and opportunities for Hispanic students


To be eligible to participate in the High School Hispanic Leadership Institute program, students must:

  • Be enrolled in grades 10th – 12th grade
  • Show a strong interest in further developing their leadership skills
  • Be able to commit to a full-time experience
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or


Tuition is $1,000, but participants accepted into this program will receive a full scholarship from the HCCSTL Foundation and its partners.


Students will receive:

  • A $200 stipend upon completion of the 6-day program
  • Transportation to and from the host location as needed
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch each session


The program will start on Monday, June 24th and conclude on Saturday, June 29th, 2024. Sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  1. Leadership 101 & How do I see myself in the future?
  2. Maximizing your cultural diversity
  3. Financial basics
  4. Emotional intelligence
  5. Your personal brand
  6. Goal setting/Effective communication

Applications for Class VIII will open in April.

2024 Sponsorship opportunities:


For more information, please contact Maria Rosario at

Graduation photos - HS HLI Class VII


I really enjoyed participating in the HLI High School Program this past summer. It was a very fun and informative week for me. It was such a good experience to be able to be in an environment with not only people of my age, but people with my same cultural background. It was also interesting to learn about new universities and explore what their campuses look like and what they have to offer. This further led me to investigate upon them and see what I want my future to look like. During this course I got to learn new leadership skills with multitude of lessons and activities which I will continue to use throughout my life in leadership positions. I also learned more about the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, its goals and what they do to help Hispanics around the area. Finally, the course was not only a new way to learn new essential leadership tactics, but also the opportunity to make new Hispanic friends and connections in various colleges that I may attend. Just having a week of this course gave me lessons and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Catalina Enz. Sophomore at Parkway Central High School. 

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