HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION SIGNED MOU WITH WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS
New York, NY – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) as part of WHIEEH’s 25th Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future during President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to 2015 Spring Public Meeting in New York. HHF President and CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino was introduced to make remarks to the Commission by WHIEEH Deputy Executive Director Marco Davis and signed the MOU with WHIEEH Executive Director Alejandra Ceja.
“It is a privilege to work with the White House Initiative to highlight and support Hispanic teachers while developing a pipeline of future educators through our platforms and programs,” said Tijerino. “I applaud the leadership of Chairman Eduardo Padron, Executive Director Alejandra Ceja and the WHIEEH team. HHF will meet their challenge to make an impact on their 25th anniversary and beyond.”
HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development programs are divided into 10 priorities or “tracks” including education. HHF will recognize and provide stipends for high-achieving Latino high schools students across the country who are interested in education through the 17 year-old Youth Awards program. During each of the Youth Awards Regional Ceremonies in 12 cities, HHF will also honor teachers for their impact on the Latino community after being nominated by hundreds of the youth recipients and selected by a special committees. Through the Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, HHF will host online and in-person “charlas” or talks featuring teachers to encourage and provide a pathway to careers in education. During the venerable Hispanic Heritage Awards, which are broadcast on PBS, HHF will honor an educator alongside top celebrities, community and business leaders, and elected officials. HHF will also conduct research focused on youth perspectives on various issues including education as well as surveying educators to inform outreach programs, policy makers and thought leaders.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, which was originally established by the White House in 1988, inspires, prepares, positions and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)