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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor High School Students from California

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Youth Awardees will receive grants for their education, or to fund an idea or community project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards recipients for the Purple Region, (see names below), which includes California and Nevada. Local high school seniors will be honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a virtual ceremony on March 23rd, 2021 from 7:00 pm (PST).

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Now in its 22nd year, this educational grant program honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence 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.

In each of the virtual ceremonies, three students (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be honored in every category. After the Youth Awards Regional Ceremonies conclude, one national recipient will be recognized in each of the categories and celebrated at the National Youth Awards Ceremony.

The Youth Awardees will receive grants for their education, or to fund an idea or community project to encourage “actionable leadership,” which is HHF’s call to action. Recipients will then be mentored by past Youth Awardees as they prepare to attend college and into their careers through HHF’s award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) workforce development program. To follow the Youth Awards virtual ceremonies online, use the hashtag #YA22.

“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.”

 2020 Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Recipients:

 Business & Finance, presented by East Los Capital

Gold – Andrés Díaz – Burlingame, CA

Silver – Armando Leo Domingo – Santa María, CA

Bronze – Melissa Venegas – Salinas, CA

Education, presented by Southwest Airlines – The Official Airlines of the Youth Awards

Gold – Jessica Ramos – Oakland, CA

Silver – Kellie Fernández – Downey, CA

Bronze – Paulina Lázaro Alemán – Fresno, CA

Engineering, presented by bp

Gold – Mario Carrillo-Bello – Salinas, CA

Silver – Erick Torres – Salinas, CA

Bronze – Guillermo González – Los Angeles, CA

Entrepreneurship, presented by TikTok

Gold – Belén Torres – Salinas, CA

Silver – Julitza Álvarez – Brawley, CA

Bronze – Nicholas Melillo – Fresno, CA

Healthcare & Science, presented by CVS Health

Gold – Nolan Mejía – Carlsbad, CA

Silver – Leonardo Daniels – San Francisco, CA

Bronze – Raquel Dos Santos – San Diego, CA

Media & Entertainment, presented by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Gold – Itzel Luna – Sylmar, CA

Silver – Olivia Trujillo – Chula Vista, CA

Bronze – Alyse Murray – San Carlos, CA

Public Service, presented by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Gold – Michelle Alas Molina – Walnut Creek, CA

Silver – Belén Gutiérrez – Clovis, CA

Bronze – Lucas Dovarganes – Los Angeles, CA

Social Justice, presented by Nike

Gold – Kaitlyn Sánchez – Rialto, CA

Silver – Natalia Rodríguez – Los Angeles, CA

Bronze – Sofía Orduña – Alameda, CA

 Technology, presented by T-Mobile

Gold – Yarency Avelar – Oakland, CA

Silver – Megan Kojima – San Jose, CA

Bronze – Joselyn Navarro – Richmond, CA

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. HHF also partners with thousands of high schools, colleges, community organizations, and media outlets.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit 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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