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Hispanic Heritage Foundation announces recipients of 22nd Annual Youth Awards and sponsors

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

270 High School Latinx Students from Across the US, including Puerto Rico and Alaska, will be Honored during Virtual Celebrations

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today the 270 recipients of the 22nd Annual Youth Awards, which will be celebrated during virtual ceremonies in February and March. The Awardees – who are Latinx high school students from across the United States including Alaska and Puerto Rico – will receive a grant for their education, or to support a community-based project or idea.

The Awardees will be recognized in various categories including: Business & Finance (presented by East Los Capital), Education (presented by Southwest Airlines), Engineering (presented by bp), Entrepreneurship (presented by TikTok), Healthcare & Science (presented by CVS Health), Media & Entertainment (presented by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Public Service (presented by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute), Social Justice (presented by Nike), and Technology (presented by T-Mobile). Colgate-Palmolive will provide educational grants through their Haz la U™ (“Make the U”) program to 100 of the students.

Visit to meet and welcome the new class of Youth Awards recipients representing Latinx innovation, leadership, and impact from across the US.

At each of 10 regional ceremonies, 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 virtual ceremony, which will be attended by celebrities, professionals, and community leaders.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of excellence from past recipients,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO. “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 Youth Awardees will be enrolled in the LOFT (Latinx On Fast Track) Institute, which is an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture and social justice led in partnership by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Trinity University to advance the vision of the participants in an innovative, sustainable, and impactful way as part of a “Continuum of Leadership.” 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.

Additional partners of the Youth Awards include: American Federation of Teachers, Capital Wire, Crowell & Moring, Es Tiempo, Freddie Mac, Indie Desk, Mastercard, Pepco Holdings, and Teach for America.

 About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national non-profit focused on education, workforce, innovative leadership, and culture to meet the Latino community’s and America’s priorities.  Through HHF’s 22-year-old Youth Awards program, hundreds of high-achieving Latinx high school students are recognized across the country and provided with grants for their education or in support of an idea for social impact. More than 5 million dollars have been provided and hundreds of the ideas and projects have been supported. Once they are vetted through the Youth Awards, alumni are connected to a larger network providing mentors, activities, 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 , Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok


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