The ceremony of this year Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Photos courtesy

Students Received Grants for Education or Community Project – Pace University, New York City Campus to Host Ceremony 

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the recipients of the New York  Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards (see names below). Local high school seniors were honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a ceremony at Google Chicago Headquarters, 320 N. Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60607 on Wednesday, November 28th from 6pm to 8pm. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Youth Awards, the ceremony spotlighted past Youth Awardees with special guests in attendance. 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 received 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 became part of the HHF leadership cycle where they had 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 Los Angeles 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 recognized 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 were announced at the regional ceremonies.

After the regional ceremonies, the Regional Youth Awards recipients were 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 also received an all-expense-paid trip to the ceremony (location TBD).

Some of the high school students who were honored.

Students were honored for their leadership.

Additional partners of the Youth Awards included 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.

2018 Chicago Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Recipients: 

Business & Entrepreneurship, sponsored by BBVA Compass:

Gold: Briana Drake

Silver: Vincent Sposato

Bronze: Thomas Salta

Community Service, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive:

Gold: Thais Salas

Silver: Elvis Maliza

Bronze: Michael Salama

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

Gold: Lisha Lopez

Silver: Natalie Baez

Bronze: Victoria Isaac

Healthcare & Science, sponsored by CVS Health:

Gold: Catherine Gonzales Ferguson

Silver: Elizabeth Taveras

Bronze: Christina DaSilva

Media & Entertainment, sponsored by Comcast – NBCUniversal – Telemundo:

Gold: Armando Martinez

Silver: Nina Roberts

Bronze: Richie Limbacher

Technology & Engineering, sponsored by Google:

Gold: Briana Gil

Silver: Emily Lavelle

Bronze: Stephanie Ocampo

About 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 www.HispanicHeritage.org). Follow HHF on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.