| MIAMI, FL – Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and their sponsors will host the 14th Annual Miami Regional Youth Awards Ceremony and honor Latino high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, community and in “priority fields” including math, science, technology, engineering, business & entrepreneurship, education and community service. The Youth Awards will take place February 28 at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center, Campus Building 3000, Room 3210, with a reception at 6:00 pm and the ceremony at 7:00 pm. Please visit http://miamiyouthawards.eventbrite.com/ to rsvp and get more information about the event.
The ceremony is hosted by Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia and the ceremony will feature Dr. Pedro Jose Greer, Jr. and other influential Latino leaders as 15 students will receive medallions presented by their category sponsors which include:
- Business & Entrepreneurship Presented by BBVA Compass
- Community Service Presented by Southwest Airlines (who is also the Official Airlines of the Youth Awards)
- Education Presented by Target
- Engineering & Mathematics Presented by ExxonMobil
- Healthcare & Science Presented by CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives
Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia will also present a special recognition of one of the Youth Awardees for Innovation as well. Approximately 10,000 applications were collected in the 10 Youth Awards markets, including Miami. More than 200 Youth Awardees were selected with an average GPA of over a 3.5 and close to a perfect 4.0.
“We are thrilled to honor yet another class of outstanding young Latino leaders who will certainly make an impact on our communities and workforce as they move forward in their careers,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We also applaud the vision of our sponsors as they share our focus in what we consider priority fields for America. We believe these are the young leaders of today, not tomorrow. Frankly, we can’t afford to wait.”
The Youth Awards program is the beginning of HHF’s “Leadership Cycle” and serves as a feeder to the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program where students are tracked, prepared and positioned for success as they transition from high school, to college and grad school, and well into their careers. Through LOFT, they receive leadership trainings, priority-field-tailored symposia and workshops, innovation focus, building a network for students to be connected in long-term, and placements in internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions. The LOFT Network engages tens of thousands of Latino leaders aged 16-30. For a brief video featuring the young leaders visit www.TheYouthAwards.com and for more information on the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, which is a 501 c 3 nonprofit, visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.
In addition to the category sponsors, other partners include: UPS, Teach For America, City Year, University of Phoenix, Voto Latino, Saber Es Poder, Home Builders Institute, NRCCUA, and Lowe’s.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit organization which inspires, identifies, prepares and positions Latino leaders for classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. For more information, please visit www.HispanicHertitage.org.
Contact: Jennifer Lucio at Jennifer@HispanicHeritage.org for more information.