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Trinity University and Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Focus for LOFT Fellows will be on Leadership, Social and Professional Capital, Sector Expertise, and Innovation
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have launched the inaugural class of the LOFT (Latinx On Fast Track) Leadership Institute (LLI) with the top Latinx students from around the country (see link for names and location) who will participate in interactive, summer-long curriculum focused on leadership, community-building, professional networking, social impact, culture, and introducing the Fellows more deeply to their sectors.
“It is critical for these top, young leaders from all over our nation to be connected to each other through their journeys in education, the workforce, and in the community in building social and professional capital that is often lacking among minorities,” said Juan Sepulveda, J.D., the Ron Calgaard Distinguished Professor of Practice in Political Science at Trinity University, HHF Board member, and Co-Founder of the LLI. “Trinity University is proud to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation as we both continue to focus on the development of leaders nationally and scaling their impact. The tremendous talent of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s national youth award program is the ideal platform upon which to build the first-ever LOFT Leadership Institute.”
The LLI is an effective continuum to HHF’s 23-year-old Youth Awards program after 30,000 applicants from all 50 states and Puerto Rico annually are narrowed down to approximately 270 recipients – 30 in each of nine sectors or “tracks.” The graduating, Latinx high school students will be tracked and connected to each other throughout college and their careers to build invaluable social and professional capital as well as learn more about their sectors from experts and develop innovative projects.
“HHF is thrilled to add another essential element to our leadership apparatus in supporting outstanding young leaders through the LOFT Leadership Institute in partnership with Trinity University,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF and Co-Founder of LLI. “The timing is also important as the LLI Fellows transition from their hometown high schools to colleges across the country including Puerto Rico. Their impact will be felt across priority fields.”
LOFT Tracks and sponsors include Healthcare & Science (CVS Health), Engineering (BP), Tech (T-Mobile), Education (Southwest Airlines), Public Service (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute), Finance (East Los Capital), Entrepreneurship (TikTok), Media & Entertainment (NALIP) and Social Justice (Nike). The Fellows will also receive grants for their education or for a social impact effort associated with their tracks that will be supported.
The LLI will also provide private and public partners more prepared and connected talent to access for internships, mentorships, and full-time positions along with more innovative leaders for social impact.
The LLI’s virtual sessions over the summer across the nine cohorts will be:
Session 1 Building Community
Session 2 Sector Deep Dive
Session 3 Building a Professional Network
Session 4 Innovation
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HHF is a national, nonprofit focused on education, workforce development, social impact, and culture through the lens of leadership and agile, creative, impactful programs. (Visit www.hispanicheritage.org)