WASHINGTON – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and their sponsors are one-half the way through the 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Regional Youth Awards on college campuses across America which will run throughout the end of the year.HHF will honor Latino high school seniors from more than 10 regions for their accomplishments in the classroom and community. The prestigious leadership program will also promote the young leaders as role models for their peers through social media as they move forward to college and provide them with grants which can be used for their education of social entrepreneurship for a sustainable and measurable model of leadership for years to come.
Elected officials, celebrities, community and business leaders, families and past Youth Awardees from the past 12 years have taken part in the celebration which has already occurred in Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.The Youth Awardees are selected in various categories and receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions in each of the categories. After the Regional Youth Awards Ceremonies, one recipient will be chosen in each of the categories and celebrated during a star-studded event as National Youth Awardees. The average GPA of the Youth Awardees is more than a 3.75. Youth Award categories include:
Business – sponsored by BBVA Compass.
Community Service – sponsored by Southwest Airlines.
Education – sponsored by Target.
Engineering & Mathematics – sponsored by ExxonMobil.
Leadership – sponsored by the U.S. Army.
Science – sponsored by Amgen.
After receiving the awards, the students are funneled into HHF’s leadership cycle which includes: a Speakers’ Bureau, as mentors through Mi Mentors, leadership training, and into the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Institute and program which provides workforce development tailored to provide them with a path in various industries, internships and full-time positions to meet America’s priorities.The students are also used in HHF’s public awareness campaigns through social and traditional media to provide inspiration to other youth and shatter negative stereotypes.
Youth Awards Regional Ceremonies will take place in:
New York Nov. 29, 2010Fordham University
PhoenixDec. 2, 2010Arizona State University
Northern California Dec. 7, 2010Stanford University
Dallas Dec. 9, 2010Southern Methodist University
National Youth Awardslate Jan. 2011 TBD
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is looking forward to another group of young leaders from the remaining regions that we, in addition to the recipients from the first four cities, we can count on for the future,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF.“We want don’t want to simply honor the outstanding students but more importantly put them in a position from which to lead.As the Latino community continues to grow in numbers and influence, so does the need for developing leaders who can move us, and America, forward. And after meeting this year’s Youth Awardees so far and from the past 12 years, we are in great hands.We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who provide us with the support to achieve our mission.”
About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit organization which inspires, identifies, prepares and positions Latino leaders for classroom, community and workforce.