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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor Houston-area High School Seniors for their Leadership in the Classroom and Community

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The Youth Awardees will receive grants for their education, or to fund an idea or community project to encourage “actionable leadership”

HOUSTON, TX. – Today, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the recipients of the Houston Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards (see names below). Local high school seniors will be honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a ceremony at Rice University, Rice Student Center – Grand Hall. 6100 Main Street Houston, TX 77005 on January 15, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Now in its 21st 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 & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Technology & Engineering. Youth Awards regions include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Northern California, Washington, DC, and for the first time, Puerto Rico. (2019 Youth Awards calendar)

In each of the regions, 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 Ceremony online, use the hashtag #YA19.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of excellence from past recipients. There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States. We are in good hands with these outstanding young leaders going forward,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population.”

2019 Houston Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Recipients:

Business & Entrepreneurship, sponsored by BBVA

Gold – Sylvia García

Silver – Xitlalie González

Bronze – Jasmine Martínez

Community Service, sponsored by Colgate- Palmolive

Gold – Matthew Yekell

Silver – Hannah Edelstein

Bronze – Romana Vargas

Education, sponsored by Southwest Airlines (Official Airlines of the Youth Awards)

Gold – Sarah McFarlane

Silver – Eber Villazana

Bronze – Paloma Flores

Healthcare & Science, sponsored by CVS Health

Gold – Gabriela Sánchez

Silver – Sophia Colmenares

Bronze – María Contreras

Technology & Engineering, sponsored by BP

Gold – Ian Guajardo

Silver – Raquel Moreno

Bronze – Brandon Gonzáles

Additional partners of the Youth Awards include Rice University, AFT, CapitalWire PR, CHCI, C&M, EsTiempo, Havas, IndieDesk, Vme, YWCA. HHF also partners with thousands of high schools, colleges, community organizations, and media outlets.

About Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects innovative 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 Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Chicago, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami. (Visit Follow HHF on Facebook and Twitter.


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