TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The president of the National Hispanic Institute, which provides leadership and learning experiences to Latino youth in high schools and college, will be in the Tri-Cities next week to discuss the institute’s programs with area educators and others.

Ernesto Nieto, who founded the organization more than 20 years ago in Texas, was invited by Washington State University Tri-Cities’ Hispanic Outreach Program to investigate the feasibility of establishing some of the institute’s program in the mid-Columbia region.

The National Hispanic Institute’s training programs include a Young Leaders Conference and an annual, Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session. The legislative session is currently conducted at five national training sites. Some 900 Latino youths participate in the 20-year-old program.

Nieto will discuss possibilities for NHI programs in the area with local educators early in 2002.

For more information about Nieto’s three-day schedule, call Terry Maurer, WSU Tri-Cities, 509/372-7319.