Major Hispanic Organizations and BSA Partner to Bring Scouting to More Latino Families

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) entered into a partnership with the BSA to establish a valuable relationship to bring Scouting to more Latino families in the United States and Puerto Rico. This includes working with Latino business leaders, as well as colleges and universities to strengthen their ties in the local community so that boys and young men and women may acquire skills to achieve their greatest potential. These two unique partnerships allow local councils to work with local chambers and universities to diversify their boards, generate new funding leads, create new charter opportunities, and build a pipeline of interns and employees.

Working together, there is tremendous value to the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its membership. The Scouting program is proven to build leadership skills among youth and ultimately improve educational attainment levels that lead to stronger and more prosperous local communities. However, for business leaders becoming an active volunteer is a pathway to serve on the local board of the BSA council, which in addition to providing opportunities to help the community can also be an excellent networking tool with other business and civic leaders in the area.

A strong Scouting program and partnership with the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also provides opportunities for a business leader to become a mentor speaker at local BSA Venturing programs such as the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council, access to youth workforce development programs, as well as youth service projects that can benefit both a local business and its community.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) partnership is designed to support Scouting in reaching more college students and graduates and connecting them to opportunities for internships, volunteering and employment opportunities. HACU is a national organization that represents more than 450 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the more than 2 million Hispanic students in U.S. higher education.

Both of these partnerships open the door for you with the local Chamber of Commerce and/or HACU-member college. Below you’ll find the ways to make contact with those local entities through their website. For more information about these new partnerships and how to engage with local leadership, contact Marcos Nava, National Director of Hispanic Partnerships at 972-580-2284 or marcos.nava@scouting.org.

Read the Memorandum of Mutual Support between the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the BSA. (pdf)

Visit the USHCC website and locate your local chamber by visiting the following link and selecting your state from the pull-down menu on the right side of the page.

Visit the HACU website at http://www.hacu.net and click on the U.S. members link to find local member colleges and universities.

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