National Hispanic Institute (NHI) Colorado Lorenzo De Zavala Youth (LDZ) Legislative Session at Colorado State University 2023

Sunday, June 16, 2024 — Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Lorenzo de Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session is the most recognized National Hispanic Institute (NHI) program. The intense, eight-day, model government session gives high-achieving, rising high school junior and senior students the opportunity to understand organizational culture, protocol, and procedures in order to become more effective community leaders, meet and collaborate with new friends, reflect on the issues of the day and practice leadership.

Program Highlights

  • Research issues impacting Latinos
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Present, defend and build support for ideas
  • Enhance public speaking and debate skills
  • Make and implement decisions
  • Conduct meetings
  • Understand and impact organizational culture, protocol, and procedures
  • Interact with students across the nation and other Latin American countries
  • Live and work for eight days on the Colorado State University (CSU) campus

Partnership Award Eligibility

Students who participate in the Lorenzo De Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University may be eligible to receive the Partnership Award. Funds for this award are awarded for up to five years or 10 semesters of enrollment at Colorado State University. Please contact Connie Jaime-Lujan at for more information.

Event Details

  • On the Colorado State University Campus
  • Students will be housed in a CSU residence hall
  • There is a cost to attend.  This cost is determined by the National Hispanic Institute (NHI)
  • All students are responsible for transportation costs

Application Requirements

  • Completed LDZ Application
  • Official high school transcript
  • $25 application fee

Who Should Apply?

  • Students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school
  • With a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher
  • Who are interested in Latino issues, and a leader in school, family, or community activities

If you have any questions about the application process please contact