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Hispanic Heritage Foundation announces 300 regional recipients of 23rd Annual Youth Awards from across US

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Visit to Meet and Welcome New Class of Youth Awardees Representing Latinx Innovation, Leadership, and Impact in America


WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 300 regional recipients of the 23rd Annual Youth Awards, which will be celebrated during virtual ceremonies in February and March. The Awardees – who are Latinx high school students selected from up to 30,000 applicants from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC – will also receive grants for their education, or to support a community-based project or idea.

The selected awardees will be recognized in various categories (visit for students’ bios) including:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship (sponsored by Wells Fargo)
  • Community Service (sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive)
  • Education (sponsored by Southwest Airlines)
  • Engineering (TBC)
  • Green Sustainability (sponsored by Coca-Cola)
  • Healthcare & Science (sponsored by CVS Health)
  • Media & Entertainment (sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)
  • Public Service & Social Justice (sponsored by Nike)
  • Sports & Fitness (sponsored by NFL)
  • Technology (sponsored by T-Mobile)

Other supporters of the Youth Awards include the American Federation of Teachers, Capital Wire, Crowell & Moring, Es Tiempo, Freddie Mac, Mastercard, and Teach for America.

At 10 virtual regional ceremonies, three students in each of the 10 sectors or categories will receive gold, silver, or bronze medallions. After the regional ceremonies conclude, one national recipient per category, for a total of 10, will be recognized and celebrated at the National Youth Awards Ceremony in person (depending on the Covid restrictions).

“We are thrilled to honor and celebrate 300 Latinx outstanding young leaders, but it is also a call to action because they give our community and our nation our best hope,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors for continuing to invest in these leaders of today. Also, a big thank you to singer Ozuna who was the spokesperson for the Youth Awards promoting our applications during Hispanic Heritage Month in partnership with the NFL.”

The Youth Awards for more than two decades are the main feeder to the LOFT (Latinx On Fast Track) Leadership Institute (LLI), which is an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture, and social justice across 10 sectors (10 cohorts of 30 students bridging the end of their senior year in high school to freshman year in college) founded by Trinity University and HHF. The Youth Awardees and the applicants will also be funneled into the LOFT Network with access to mentors, resources, networking, workshops, symposia, summits, Charlas, and internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 Companies.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national non-profit focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture.  Through HHF’s 23-year-old Youth Awards program, more than 20,000 impactful Latinx high school students have been identified, celebrated, prepared and connected across the country and provided with more than $5 million in grants for their education or for an idea or project.

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