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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor Puerto Rico-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

San Juan, Puerto Rico. – Today, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the recipients of the Puerto Rico 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 the Popular Center Building | 208 Luis Muñoz Rivera, Ave. Hato Rey | PR 00918 | 20th floor, Penthouse rooms, on February 18, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. To RSVP click HERE.

“We are thrilled to announce the closing of the Youth Awards regional ceremonies in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We are honored to dignify the value and strength of the resilient people of the island through 18 amazing students who will be honored for their academic excellence and community leadership. 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.”

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, Technology & Engineering, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, and Media & Entertainment. Youth Awards regions include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Northern California, Washington, DC, and for the first time, Puerto Rico.

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.

2019 Puerto Rico Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Recipients:

Business & Entrepreneurship, sponsored by T-Mobile

Gold: Ana Bonilla

Silver: Isabella Abreu

Bronze: Luis Alicea Rivera

Community Service, sponsored by Colgate- Palmolive

Gold: Diego Cabrera Castro

Silver: Adriana López de Victoria

Bronze: Delys Rodríguez Mendoza

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

Gold: Selene Schiavone

Silver: Andrés Arocho González

Bronze: Katherine Martínez

Healthcare & Science, sponsored by CVS Health

Gold: Ricardo Vera

Silver: Yihana Meléndez Alejandro

Bronze: Paula Esmurria

Media & Entertainment, sponsored by Telemundo

Gold: Brandon Liebstein

Silver: Félix Díaz López

Bronze: Robert Rodríguez

Technology & Engineering, sponsored by BP 

Gold: Axel Toro Vega

Silver: Fremiud Otero Cordero

Bronze: Gian Carlo Ortiz Crescioni

Additional partners of the Youth Awards include Fundación Banco Popular, AFT, Café Ama, CapitalWire PR, CHCI, C&M, EsTiempo, Friends of Puerto Rico, Havas, IndieDesk, University of Puerto Rico, Vme, and 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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