Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Actor Wilmer Valderrama Honored with CHCI Service Award in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation's premier Latino youth leadership development and educational organization, presented actor Wilmer Valderrama with the CHCI Service Award on Monday, June 21, 2010, in Los Angeles, CA. Valderrama received the award for his service as the official spokesperson for CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) college readiness program that helps Latino high school students enter post-secondary education.


Valderrama also announced the extension of his partnership with CHCI as the R2L spokesperson through December 2012. Since April 2009, Valderrama has appeared at workshops around the country sharing his life story of achieving the American dream and inspiring youth to pursue their own dreams through higher education. Valderrama has also filmed several public service announcements for CHCI.


"This has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done," said Valderrama. "It is crucial that we embrace the youth of today for the future of America. When I tell them they can, that's all they need."


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