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Hispanic Heritage Foundation to honor national recipients of the 25th Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

10 student leaders selected from 270 regional recipients and 34,000 applicants from across America.

Celebration to be hosted by Southwest Airlines on March 26th in Dallas and will feature Actress Francia Raísa

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DALLAS, TX -The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will be honoring the 10 National Recipients of the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards for their leadership in the classroom, community, and in their category (see below for categories) during a special ceremony on March 26th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (CT) at The Landing, located at Southwest Airlines’ Headquarters in Dallas. The evening will be hosted by Actress Francia Raísa – who starred in ‘How I Met Your Father’ and is now a #1 Best Seller on Amazon for her family’s salsa recipe and is the Youth Awards Spokesperson.

This group of  Latino high school seniors were selected from 270 regional Youth Awardees, celebrated in 10 regional ceremonies, who were chosen from 34,000 applicants from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.  These young leaders will receive grants for their education or for a community-based project or idea. Each of the awardees and their families will be flown to Dallas by Southwest Airlines for the program.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of innovative 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 US 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 innovative leaders who are ready to lead today, not just tomorrow, because we can’t afford to wait.”

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

Community Service (presented by Colgate-Palmolive)

Anya Gruener – Coral Gables, FL.


Matthew Califano – Craftsbury Common, VT.

Engineering (presented by Southwest Airlines)

Leslie Nava – Fort Worth, TX.

Entrepreneurship & Business (presented by Tik-Tok)

Keyla Parra Gamino – Chula Vista, CA.

Green Sustainability (presented by The Coca-Cola Company)

Maritza Roberts – Tucson, AZ.

Healthcare & Science

Ana-Laura TamezPharr, TX.

Media & Entertainment (presented by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Andy Duarte – Olathe, KS.

NFL Latino Youth Honors (Presented by the NFL)

Peter Gonzalez – Pittsburgh, PA.

Public Service & Social Justice (presented by Nike)

Diego Lopez Rodarte – Lakewood, CO.

Technology (presented by T-Mobile)

Sebastian Rodriguez – Arlington, TX.

The Youth Awards applicant pool is the main feeder to LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) and Leadership Institute (LLI), an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture, and social justice led in partnership by the HHF and Trinity University. The applicants and Youth Awardees are also be funneled into the LOFT Network, which is a collective of 300,000 students and youth professionals with access to mentors, resources, networking, workshops, symposia, summits, 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 culture through the lens of leadership. Through HHF’s 25-year-old Youth Awards program, tens of thousands of high-achieving Latinx high school students have been recognized and received eight million dollars in support for their education, ideas or projects.  Once they are vetted through the Hispanic Heritage 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.

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