“Our purpose is furthering the educational development of youth by guiding them to see themselves as competent, aggressive, skilled and educated individuals who represent immense value to an emerging world of dual realities.” –Ernesto Nieto
Ernesto Nieto and Gloria de Leon have been the principal architects of all NHI youth leadership initiatives. The husband and wife team have been the driving force behind an organization that is today both national and international. Ernesto Nieto is originally from Houston, Texas. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Southwestern University and was recently named to its Board of Trustees. He is the author of Third Reality: Crafting a 21st Century Latino Agenda. Gloria de Leon is originally from McAllen in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas-Pan American. Both Ernesto and Gloria have been recognized by the National Association of Colleges Admissions Counselors and were awarded Honorary Doctorates by Texas Wesleyan University among their many honors. They remain highly active in all NHI training programs.