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Message from the director

July 10, 2013
RCI Director, Ofelia Cañez and Gov. Castro

Summer offered us a moment to reflect on the great successes of the Raul H. Castro Institute from the past few months. The fourth annual Dare2Dream Youth Leadership conference brought together almost 500 youth from across Phoenix to participate in workshops that provided tools and encouragement for leadership.  New initiatives are being created to better prepare children to enter kindergarten and start them on the path of future successes. We’ve also had the opportunity to recognize those that have made a difference in our community and those that have accomplished great goals at events like the fifth annual Latina Trailblazers and fifth annual Salute Honoring Those Who Serve. You can read more about all of the aforementioned, and more, in this issue. 

This time has also offered a moment to reflect on the man that is the spirit and namesake of the Raul H. Castro Institute. Having recently celebrated his 97th birthday, Governor Castro continues to be an inspiration. Please join me sending best wishes to Governor Castro and his wife, Pat, as both recuperate at home from recent health issues. 

The RCI has a full slate of activities in the new fiscal year, and we look forward to your continued support and engagement.