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Hispanic Heritage Foundation announces 300 regional recipients of 24th Annual Youth Awards from across the country

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

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WASHINGTON, DC  – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 300 regional recipients of the 24th Annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, which will be celebrated during virtual ceremonies from January 31st to February 28th. The Awardees – who are Latinx high school students selected 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.

Actor and singer, Michael Cimino, star of Hulu’s “Love, Victor,” will be hosting the 10 virtual ceremonies in which three students per category will be honored with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallions. After the Youth Awards ceremonies conclude, one national recipient per category will be recognized and celebrated at the National Youth Awards ceremony.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of leadership, academic excellence and social impact of past recipients,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States and we are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population. We’re in good hands as a community and as a country with these outstanding young leaders going forward.”

The selected awardees will be recognized in various categories including:

Business & Entrepreneurship (presented by Dutch Bros Coffee)

Community Service (presented by Colgate-Palmolive)

Education (presented by Southwest Airlines)

Engineering (presented by HHF)

Green Sustainability (presented by Coca-Cola)

Healthcare & Science (presented by CVS Health)

Media & Entertainment (presented by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Public Service & Social Justice (presented by Nike)

Sports & Fitness (presented by NFL)

Technology (presented by T-Mobile)

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

Thousands of high school students, from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, apply annually  to the Youth Awards, which is the main feeder to LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Leadership Institute (LLI), an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture, and social justice led in partnership by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Trinity University. 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

HHF’s mission focuses on education, workforce, social impact, and identity through the lens of leadership and culture. Through HHF’s 24-year-old Youth Awards program, tens of thousands of high-achieving Latinx high school students have been recognized and received more than five million dollars to support their education, ideas or projects.  Once they are vetted through the Youth Awards, alumni are connected to a larger network providing mentors, programs, and career path opportunities through the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program throughout college, grad school and into their careers. Visit Follow HHF on Facebook , InstagramTwitterand TikTok



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