Published on February 19th, 20130
GOP group’s goal: Get minorities to the Hill
From Booker Rising, a news site for black moderates and conservatives:
“A nonprofit launching this week aims to get more conservative minority staffers on the Hill and to help them climb the ladder once they’ve arrived. The group, called Insight, will start an internship program to help students of color get placed in Republican offices, host professional development events and provide networking opportunities. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) will chair the initiative, which also plans to host an ongoing series of public policy forums on issues that affect ethnic minorities.”
UPDATE: HHR just got this sent to us via email.
J.C. Watts Announces The Launch of INSIGHT America Nonprofit to Focus on Minority Policy Solutions and Leadership Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Congressman J.C. Watts today announced the creation of INSIGHT America, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that exists to empower communities though leadership development for current minority Capitol Hill staffers and to recruit the next generation of public policy leaders. Through its core programs, INSIGHT America will work to ensure that Congress reflects the diversity of the nation it represents. INSIGHT will support young professionals of color and the communities they represent with the training, network, and awareness needed to succeed in public policy.
The 2013 Core Programs:
Public Policy Forums – INSIGHT will host briefing events on various policy issues that impact today’s minority communities. The first event will be with Sen. Rob Portman on prison re-entry programs and recidivism. Other Honorary co-chairs such as Congressman Bachus and Senator Scott are slated to host briefings.
Internship Program – INSIGHT will coordinate an internship program that matches college students around the nation with internships in Republican Congressional offices.
Professional Development – INSIGHT will host forums that educate and empower public policy professionals,and inform legislative initiatives through input from the community.
Resource Base and Networking – INSIGHT will provide regular networking opportunities for public policy professionals.
J.C. Watts represented Oklahoma’s fourth district in Congress from 1995 until 2003. During his time in Congress, J.C. was elected chairman of the Republican Conference. Since his retirement, J.C. has founded and served as the chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a consulting firm in Washington D.C.