Student Reviews

Youth Participation Survey – Post Conference

Students from across the state agree that PR/HYLI is life changing.  Many have shared their thoughts on the program and curriculum.  According to an independent evaluation survey:

  • 98% of PR/HYLI students reported being better able to understand issues affecting Hispanic communities 
  • 95% report feeling more prepared to become leaders in their communities
  • 94% of students report being better able to think critically about important issues

Take a look at the full results here:

  1. PR/HYLI Program Snapshot  
  2. Full Evaluation Report
  3. Washington Student Review


In Their Own Words – Student Voice:

  • “PR/HYLI has helped me improve my leadership abilities and my abilities to express my opinion. PR/HYLI has helped me improve my leadership abilities and my abilities to express my opinion.”
  • “I’m excited to bring back public speaking skills & advocacy skills.”
  • “I want to change my community in a positive way.”
  • “My biggest takeaway was that the Latino community is always helping each other.”
  • “I see myself defending my points more clearly while also truly listening to the opposing side. I also see myself feeling confident no matter if I am the only latina in the room.”
  • “I liked the ability to improve my public speaking, meet new people, and learn about our government.”
  • “I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin in my entire life and it’s because of this program.”
  • “I loved it very much – it was an incredible experience, very fun & educational/informative”
  • “I used my voice to advocate for my community to ask the representatives questions that affect my community”
  • “Being a Latino student and interested in politics, I love bringing up assemblyman Angelo del Toro. PR/HYLI definitely enhanced my understanding regarding the importance of having Latino representation in politics.”
  • “During my junior year, I participated in the Angelo Del Toro Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute Program. This leadership program truly helped me become closer to my roots. As a seventeen year old minority, I represent a small percentage of Latino young adults who consider college education. Being one of the two Hispanics of my graduating class, I will admit it is unfortunate that the statistics reveal that Hispanics are not pursuing higher education. However, this motivates me to pursue a career in journalism because I strongly believe that I have the responsibility to document and share with the world the stories of other minorities that otherwise would not be told. I will be a voice for those that have been silenced by society and consider themselves mute by their own life struggles.”
  • “It gave me pride to see who I truly am and where I come from.”
  • “Helped me improve my public speaking skills.”



The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is an innovative collaboration with the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS, Inc. conference, the New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages and other agencies as appropriate.

Dr. Gladys I. Cruz
10 Empire State Blvd. • Castleton, NY 12033
Tel: (518) 479-6993 • Fax: (518) 477-1335

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