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Press Release: Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards Honor New York Area High School Seniors for Leadership in the Classroom and Community


Press Release: Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards Honor New York Area High School Seniors for Leadership in the Classroom and Community

Students Receive Grants for Education or Community Project at Ceremony Hosted at Pace University


NEW YORK, NY – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the recipients of the New York Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards (see names below). HHF and the Government and Community Relations Office at Pace University hosted the ceremony at Pace Friday in which local high school seniors were honored for their leadership in the classroom and community. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Youth Awards, the ceremony highlighted past Youth Awardees with special guests in attendance.

“We are incredibly honored to host the New York Area Youth Awards this year,” said Pace University Provost Vanya Quiñones at the ceremony. “For more than 100 years, Pace University has educated this country’s ambitious, hardworking doers and strivers. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths so it was a natural fit for us to join in this strong, supportive network for our future Latino Leaders. I want to congratulate each and every one of you on your remarkable accomplishments.”

Over the past 20 years, the program has awarded nearly three thousand grants and one hundred percent of recipients have moved on to college. To follow the Youth Awards Ceremony on social media, use the hashtag #YouthAwards2018.  

The Youth Awardees receive grants for their education, or to fund an idea or community project to encourage “actionable leadership,” which is HHF’s call to action. The 2018 recipients who have been selected from a pool of almost 13,000 applicants will become part of the HHF leadership cycle where they will have the opportunity to 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. The Youth Awards are taking place in 10 regions across the country with prestigious Hispanic Heritage Youth Awardees selected from thousands of applicants. The average GPA for the students is nearly a 4.0. 

“We are thrilled to honor yet another class of outstanding young Latino leaders from New York who will certainly make an impact on our communities and workforce as they move forward in their careers,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, HHF. “We also applaud the vision of our sponsors as they share our focus in supporting what we consider priority fields for America.  We believe these are the young leaders of today, not tomorrow and frankly, we can’t afford to wait. I will say that after 20 years of Youth Awards, there is no shortage of top, young, Latino talent.”   

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) also recognizes a parent with the Hispanic Heritage Parent Award, sponsored by Pearson in honor of the pivotal role parents play in the educational success of Latino youth. Parents are nominated by 200 recipients of the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards; parent award winners will be announced at the regional ceremonies.  

After the regional ceremonies, the Regional Youth Awards recipients will be narrowed to one National Youth Award recipient for each of the six categories and celebrated at the National Youth Awards presentation along with celebrities who are recognized for being role models. National Awardees will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to the ceremony (location TBD).  

Additional partners of the Youth Awards include Capital Wire, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Crowell & Moring, EsTiempo, Havas FORMULATIN, Indie Desk, Macy’s NASCAR, Teach for America, UPS, VMe and YWCA. HHF also partners with thousands of high schools, colleges, community organizations, media outlets and business partners on the program.   

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation focuses on education, workforce development, leadership and culture.  The nonprofit is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit Follow HHF on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials.