Friends of Subiendo Academy Will Expand Participation in Leadership Training Program for High School Students

The success last summer of a pilot program to train the next generation of Texas leaders to deal with challenges facing the state's ethnically diverse population has drawn new supporters helping to greatly expand the number of high school students who can be accepted this year into the prestigious Subiendo Academy for Rising Leaders.

A press conference to announce the donors and 20ll plans for Subiendo Academy will be held at 1 p.m,. Friday, April 1, in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The event will be held in conjunction with the Hispanic Leadership Summit scheduled at the center throughout the afternoon.

The Subiendo Academy is a joint project of the Red McCombs School of Business, the Texas Exes and the university. It is funded by philanthropy and is free for participating students. It is designed to give students the skills to address the needs of the next generation, including a growing Hispanic population that has become the largest and youngest minority group in the United States.

Last summer, 50 students from Central Texas high schools participated in an intensive four-day leadership academy at The University of Texas at Austin. They met with prominent government and business leaders. Students stay on campus and participate in simulation exercises, classroom training, networking events and community-building activities.