Washington Review, July 19, 2013
This week, I had the pleasure of addressing high school and college students from around the country at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) Ready to Lead program, as well as the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s (CHLI) Future Leaders program. These programs provide invaluable resources and opportunities to Hispanic students everywhere. As a member of Congress, I am committed to supporting programs like these, which benefit an underserved population of students and provide them with resources for higher education. At the same time, it is important that Congress continues working to increase access to affordable education for every student. While even the simplest things can be difficult in Congress, I believe that coming together to invest in education should be a non-partisan, priority issue.
This week, I was also honored to be presented with the “Friends of our National Parks” award by the National Parks Conservation Association. It is important that we not only preserve the beauty of our national parks, but the history that they represent as well, like that of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
National parks, and local community parks, are tremendous assets to our cities and neighborhoods. Public parks and recreation facilities help us stay active and healthy, revitalize local economies, and create neighborhoods where people want to live and work. Parks also serve as outlets for young people to stay physically active and participate in recreational programs, which provide constructive alternatives for at-risk youth. To see local parks from our home district visit my Facebook page. You will find various parks throughout New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District that were showcased throughout the week.
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