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Hispanic Heritage Foundation to honor 10 student leaders selected from 300 regional recipients and 30,000 potential applicants from across America at 24th Annual Youth Awards

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Celebration to be hosted by Coca-Cola and featuring Actor and Singer Michael Cimino, star of Hulu’s “Love, Victor,” on April 24th in Atlanta – Please RSVP here.

ATLANTA, GA  -The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will be honoring 10 National Recipients of the 24th Annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards at the Roberto C. Goizueta Hall at The Coca-Cola Company’s World Headquarters in Atlanta, on April 24th, 2 – 3 p.m. (EDT).  Actor and Singer Michael Cimino, star of Hulu’s “Love, Victor,” will be hosting the celebration of Latinx excellence, leadership, and vision. (Versión en Español)

The 10 high school seniors were selected from 300 regional Youth Awardees, celebrated in 10 regional ceremonies, who chosen from 30,000 potential applicants from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.  The young leaders will receive grants for their education or for a community-based project or idea and each of the awardees and their families will be flown to Atlanta by Southwest Airlines for the program, hosted by Coca-Cola, and cultural activities.

The National Hispanic Heritage Youth Awardees include (Click HERE for their Bios)

Business & Entrepreneurship (presented by Dutch Bros Coffee)

Genevieve Burbano – Reno, NV

Community Service (presented by Colgate-Palmolive)

Mireya Macias – Albuquerque, NM

Education (presented by Southwest Airlines)

Ricardo Marquez – El Paso, TX

Engineering (presented by BMW)

Gabriela Molina – Gurabo, PR

Healthcare & Science (presented by CVS Health)

Alejandra Abramson – Weston, FL

Media & Entertainment (presented by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Antoine Chisholm – Hartford, CT

Public Service & Social Justice (presented by Nike)

Jenny Rodriguez – Covington, GA

Sports & Fitness (presented by the NFL)

Lidia Hernandez – Los Angeles, CA

Sustainability (presented by Coca-Cola)

Gabriel Villar – Miami, FL

Technology (presented by T-Mobile)

Athena Hernandez – La Jolla, CA

Michael Cimino, who is not only the star of Hulu’s “Love, Victor” but will join the cast of Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 4 set to premiere on June 8th – hosted all 10 Regional Youth Awards Ceremonies earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the powerful 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.  A special thank you to Coca-Cola for opening their home to our organization and the Latino community as well as to Michael Cimino, who is a star for so many bigger reasons than being an actor.”

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards will be fed into the LOFT (Latinx On Fast Track) Leadership Institute (LLI), which is an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture, and social justice, led in partnership by HHF 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.

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.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Youth Awards

HHF’s mission focuses on education, workforce, social impact, and identity and culture through the lens of leadership. 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.  Visit

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