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Fox News Latino Article New Program Rewards Hispanic Gamers — And Their Ability To Improve Society – ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship.  …Twenty 16- to 24-year-old Hispanic gamers will be selected nationwide to receive grants based on a single concept: design a game that improves society. It’s an idea inspired by a 5-year-old video game fanatic, who also just happens to be the son of Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation…

April 22, 2014

HHF AND GOOGLE HOST LOFT AWARDS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

Awards Invite

Join us on May 3 at 6 p.m. PST for our LOFT Awards where we will honor the outstanding work of some of our LOFT members in their respective fields as well as Google. RSVP via the e-mail address in the above invitation or by filling out this form.

April 16, 2014

GOOGLE AND HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION TO HOST LOFT COMPUTER CODING JAM SESSION AT SILVER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL IN SAN JOSE, CA

SAN JOSE, CA – Google and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will host a host LOFT Coding Jam Session at Silver Creek High School (830 N. Capitol Avenue, San Jose, CA 95133) at 1:53 p.m. PST on Friday, May 2 as part of the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Conference in an effort to introduce minority youth to computer coding as a bridge to career paths in technology fields to fill the skills gap in America. The free, bilingual Jam Session will instruct minority youth on how to code with hip-hop, jazz, and salsa music playing in the background, and a Google Chromebook laptop will be provided to the student with the best idea to make a positive impact on their community.

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development program and the Coding Jam Sessions – which are being executed all over the country – are part of LOFT’s Innovation & Technology Track. Other LOFT Tracks include Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, and Media & Entertainment. Past Jam Sessions have taken place in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Wheaton, MD, and in Austin as part of SXSW Festival. Upcoming sessions will be held in Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, Coachella in CA, and Salem, OR, on days to be determines and other markets.  HHF will also video the events to post online for students, educators, nonprofits and even parents to access the LOFT curriculum as an introduction to coding.

“Driving this effort is the belief that all young people throughout our communities deserve access to technology-based programs and trainings,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “I’m thrilled to partner with Google to inspire and equip minority youth to be world-class innovators – there is no greater way to make an impact on society going forward than through technology.”

LOFT, which stands for Leaders On Fast Track, is HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development program and the Coding Jam Sessions, which are being executed across the country in over 10 markets, LOFT’s Innovation & Technology Track.

 About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1987, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority 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 has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)  Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and HHFoundation on Twitter.

HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 “Tracks,” or industries, which are priorities for America including Innovation & Technology, Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Law, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas.  Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other and to mentors and resources; over 50 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  Visit www.loftinnovation.org, and join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track to leadership.  Follow LOFTinstitute on Twitter.

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Contact:  Santiago Amieva, Santiago@HispanicHeritage.org

 

March 19, 2014

GOLDMAN SACHS PARTNERS WITH HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION THROUGH LOFT PROGRAM TO HELP DIVERSIFY WORKFORCE

Effort to Identify, Prepare, Mentor and Place High School and College Students Interested in the Financial Services Industry into Internships, Professional and Skills Building Camps, Mentorships and Full-Time Positions

WASHINGTON, DC – Goldman Sachs has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program to identify, prepare, mentor and place vetted Latino high school and college students of any academic background but interested in the financial services industry in LOFT’s network in Goldman Sachs’s internships, finance camps, mentorships and full-time positions to help diversify their workforce. Goldman Sachs will also have a presence at select HHF finance-related activities and on LOFTnetwork.org’s online presence.

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development program and the Goldman Sachs relationship – which will be national – is part of the LOFT Finance Track. The LOFT program is divided into 10 “Tracks,” or industries, which are priorities for America including Innovation & Technology, Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Law, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas.

“We are thrilled to partner with Goldman Sachs, a leader in the finance space,” said Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “Together we will ensure that top Latino talent is equipped to succeed in the finance industry while being leveraged as an inspiration and guides to other Latinos to be aware of career opportunities in finance. We believe in creating an eco-system that is sustainable to truly diversify.”

Students or young professionals interested in the LOFT Goldman Sachs Finance Track should email a resume to Belen Marquina at Belen@HispanicHeritage.org.

About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority 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 has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce-development program focused on “Tracks” or industries including finance. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other, guides and resources; over 30 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track.

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Contact: Belen Marquina, Belen@HispanicHeritage.org

March 19, 2014

Vme TO BROADCAST NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE YOUTH AWARDS ON TV SPECIAL AIRING MARCH 28TH AT 10 P.M. EST

Program to Feature Actress Genesis Rodriguez, Teacher, and Six High School Students Selected from Hundreds of Regional Awardees and Thousands of Applicants
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MIAMI, FL – Vme TV, the first national, Spanish-language television network in association with public television stations, through a partnership with and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), will broadcast the 15th Annual National Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Ceremony on March 28th at 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. PST) as part of a goal to expand accessibility of quality educational programming for the U.S. Hispanic community by leveraging HHF’s award-winning programs and national initiatives, which focus on innovation and leadership in the classroom, community and workforce.

The first step in the relationship will be the airing of the National Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards which will feature Actress Genesis Rodriguez, a teacher, and six high school students from across the United States who have been narrowed down from thousands of applicants to hundreds of regional awardees to the six national recipients. Through the broadcast and vignettes used for a public awareness campaign, the young leaders will be positioned as role models and an example of the great promise of the Latino community as it continues to grow. The students, who carry an average GPA of nearly 4.0, are awarded in “priority fields for America” including science, technology, engineering, education, entrepreneurship and finance, and fitness. A promotional video for the special can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=831854323496675.

“We are thrilled to partner with Vme and showcase these outstanding Latino students,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “But more importantly, through these young leaders we will be inspiring, preparing, and connecting Latino youth to be innovative leaders in the priority fields for America to move forward. As you will see in the broadcast, these are leaders of today, not tomorrow. America can’t afford to wait!”

Vme will also promote role models, Hispanic accomplishments, and cultural pride through public awareness campaigns through the partnership with HHF.

“Both Vme TV and HHF are rooted in not only promoting Hispanic culture, but also in enriching and nurturing its growth by providing resources that meet the needs of Hispanic families,” said Vme TV Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Victor X. Cerda. “Clearly, this partnership is a natural fit, but more importantly, it comes at a critical point when we need to be doing all that we can to ensure the success and growth of Latinos in the United States.”

Together, the organizations will develop, produce and broadcast special programming and capsules that will highlight the achievements of the Latino community and inspire the audience to advance their education and excel in the United States. In addition to the Youth Awards, Vme will highlight the mission of HHF’s LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) which includes everything from teaching computer coding to symposia in STEM fields to encouraging youth to socially innovate using video gaming – reaching youth on their terms. The partnership will include the development and broadcasting of public awareness campaigns to inspire, empower and mobilize Latinos to thrive.

To find your local channel or to learn more about Vme TV, visit www.vmetv.com or follow Vme TV on social media via www.facebook.com/vmetv or www.twitter.com/vmetv.

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ABOUT HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning, national nonprofit organization founded in 1987 which inspires, prepares and connects Latinos for leadership in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York and Michigan State University which houses the LOFT Institute. HHF also promotes Latino cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org. Join and follow HHF on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hispanicheritage and Twitter @HHFoundation.

ABOUT VME TELEVISION
Vme TV (pronounced veh-meh), is the first national Spanish-language television network in association with public television stations. Reaching more than 70 million households in the United States, Vme TV is broadcast in 43 markets by PBS stations and is available on DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, as well as major cable companies including Comcast. The 24-hour digital broadcast service is dedicated to entertain, educate and inspire families in Spanish with a contemporary mix of original productions, exclusive premieres, acquisitions, and popular public television programs specially adapted for Hispanics. To find your local channel or to learn more about Vme TV, visit www.vmetv.com (http://www.vmetv.com/mediakit) or follow us on social media via www.facebook.com/vmetv or www.twitter.com/vmetv.

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March 19, 2014

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT & CEO ANTONIO TIJERINO HONORED WITH US HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE’S (USHLI) CESAR CHAVEZ COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

WASHINGTON, DC – Hispanic Heritage Foundation President and CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino was honored at the 32nd USHLI National Conference with the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award in Chicago on February 21, 2014.

“Antonio Tijerino, one of the most respected thought-leaders and cutting-edge innovators, was honored for his service to the community and the nation,” said USHLI President Dr. Juan Andrade. “It was our privilege to present him with the Cesar Chavez Award. Cesar Chavez is universally regarded as the most respected and admired Latino leader in the history of the United States, and the award that bears his name is reserved for individuals, like Antonio, who live their life and do their work with the same sense of servant leadership, grace and humility for which Cesar Chavez is remembered.”

The 32nd USHLI National Conference was held February 13-16 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers with Tijerino receiving his award during Corporate and Community Leadership Awards Dinner, Saturday, February 15th. Also honored was Dr. Anita Perez Ferguson (Henry L. Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award), Margie Gonzalez (William C. Velasquez Volunteer of the Year Award), and the Honorable Elmy Bermejo (Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Medallion).

“I’m deeply humbled, privileged and energized to receive the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award from USHLI and a true role model in Dr. Juan Andrade,” said Tijerino. “To get a pat on the back from Juan is award enough and to have the award named after Cesar Chavez makes it, well, overwhelming. I receive this on behalf of my amazing HHF staff, Board of Directors, my family, and the tens of thousands of young leaders in our network. I thank them for putting me in the privileged position to serve.”

The Nicaraguan-born and Washington, DC-raised Tijerino has been leading HHF for over 12 years. He refocused the mission of the nonprofit from an awards ceremony created by the White House to a broader purpose of inspiring, preparing, and connecting Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities (visit www.HispanicHeritage.org). HHF also promotes Latino cultural pride and accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. Tijerino developed award-winning youth programs and mobilized a network of tens of thousands of vetted students and young professionals aged 16-35 during his time at the helm. The LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program has been recognized by the White House, US Congress and Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Tijerino executive-produces the star-studded Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center and the national television broadcasts.

Tijerino is active in the community by serving on various boards and advisory positions including Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School, the National Parent Teacher Association, America’s Promise Alliance, Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, National Building Museum, Imagination Stage, Jefferson Awards, Crittenton Services, and Latin American Advisory Group (LAAG) to the Montgomery County Executive. He is also on the Leadership Council for the University of Maryland’s Center for the History of the New America, Co-Chairs the LOFT Institute at Michigan State University and he co-founded The American Project with Notre Dame University, which is a faith-based, youth-led movement to treat immigrants with dignity. Tijerino was also invited to participate in the prestigious Renaissance Weekend alongside top leaders in America, recognized by the US Army for his work as a civilian, honored as an Outstanding Young American, Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Visionary Leadership Award, Hispanic Hero by US Hispanic Youth Entrepreneurship, was a Brillante Award recipient by National Society of Hispanic MBAs, among others. In the media, Tijerino has been featured in HBO’s Habla series and was profiled on an hour-long Discovery Channel/TLC program for his work with youth, and his articles and blogs have appeared in major publications and social media. He has also been featured on radio and TV broadcasts. As a speaker he has made remarks from the White House to colleges to corporate headquarters to communities across America as well as featured in the TED Talk series.

Tijerino earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland’s school of journalism and later was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Chicago School.

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March 19, 2014

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND GOOGLE HOSTED COMPUTER CODING JAM SESSION AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL IN AUSTIN, TX

WASHINGTON, DC – Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Google hosted in association with The Raben Group a LOFT Coding Jam Session on March 7 from 1-3 p.m. (CST) at the Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway Drive in Austin, TX as part of the SXSW Festival. The free, bilingual Jam Session instructed minority youth on how to code using HTML and CSS with hip-hop, jazz and salsa music playing in the background with hundreds of students and their parents in attendance. A Google Chromebook laptop was provided to the student with the best idea to make a positive impact on their community.

The Raben Group also hosted a free after party following their event, “What Would Cesar Chavez Tweet? Latinos and New Media” at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 Rover Street, Austin, TX) on March 6 from 5-7 p.m. The party included local cuisine, drinks, and music and celebrated the aforementioned panel discussion on Latino-led campaigns and the results of the Latinos and New Media Study. The panel was an official SXSW event and was be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Sunflower Room of the Holiday Inn Town Lake.

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development program and the Coding Jam Sessions – which are being executed all over the country – are part of LOFT’s Innovation & Technology Track. Other LOFT Tracks include Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, and Media & Entertainment. In addition to Washington, DC, the Coding Jam Sessions will take place in at least 10 markets in 2014 including Silicon Valley as part of Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Conference (May 2), Miami, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Coachella, and Wheaton, MD.

“Driving this effort is the belief that every youth throughout our communities deserves to have access to high-level technology programs and trainings,” said Emanuel Pleitez, Chairman of HHF. “We are thrilled to partner with Google and the Raben Group to inspire and equip minority youth to be world-class innovators.”

“There is no greater way to make an impact than through technology and to encourage innovation,” added Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We believe these are young leaders of today, not tomorrow. America can’t wait.”

About The Raben Group 
Founded in 2001 by former Assistant Attorney General Robert Raben, The Raben Group offers clients a tailored suite of services including policy development, direct lobbying, coalition building, grass-tops campaigns, political counsel, and strategic communications with offices in Washington and Los Angeles. The Raben Group believes the best approach to complex policy challenges is to understand them from the ground up – carefully considering the client, the substantive issues, and the political environment and the audiences clients much reach to attain their objectives.

As a firm, The Raben Group organizes charity events and endeavors to donate a certain amount of time to pro bono projects. Visit www.RabenGroup.com for more information.

About HHF and LOFT 
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1987, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority 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 has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce-development program focused on “Tracks” including Innovation & Technology, Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service and Media & Entertainment. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other, guides and resources; over 30 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. Visit www.loftinnovation.org, and join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track to leadership.

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March 3, 2014

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND GOOGLE TO HOSTS LOFT STEM SYMPOSIUM AND COMPUTER CODING JAM SESSIONS AT MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN OVER 15 MARKETS ACROSS AMERICA

More than 250 Students Sign Up for Jam Session at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC – Next up Austin, TX, as Part of SXSW Festival

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Google announced it will host LOFT Coding Jam Sessions across America in over 15 markets after launching the program in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles in December and on February 21st at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School where more than 250 students signed up to learn the basics of coding and learn about career opportunities in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) from a panel of experts.  The free, bilingual Jam Sessions will instruct minority youth on how to code using HTML and CSS with hip-hop, jazz and salsa music playing in the background and a Google Chromebook laptop will be provided to the student with the best idea to make a positive impact on their community.

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February 28, 2014

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE OSTP, WHERE HHF PRESIDENT & CEO ANTONIO TIJERINO DISCUSSED ESA LOFT VIDEO GAME INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP

A Week of Action: Celebrating STEM and Black History Month

Posted by Sean Jones, Knatokie Ford, and Sarah Tornetta on February 27, 2014 at 05:43 PM EST
This Friday, to wrap up an exciting week of action by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in celebration of Black History Month, to shine a light on the importance of engaging America’s full science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent pool, OSTP Director John P. Holdren will visit Morgan State University, a Baltimore-based Historically Black College or University (HBCU). In addition to touring on-campus research and laboratory facilities, Dr. Holdren will meet with university leadership, faculty, and students to discuss the challenge and opportunity of broadening participation in STEM fields – a priority area of focus for OSTP.

Here’s a recap of OSTP’s “Week of Action” activities to celebrate Black History Month and promote STEM inclusion:

To start off the week,  on Tuesday, OSTP’s Knatokie Ford and Marlon Marshall of the White House Office of Public Engagement co-hosted a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout featuring all-star African American STEM students, researchers, and scientists to share their stories, lessons learned, and help inspire African American students across America to pursue STEM studies and careers.

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February 27, 2014

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND GOOGLE HOSTS LOFT STEM SYMPOSIUM AND COMPUTER CODING JAM SESSION AT CESAR CHAVEZ PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS IN WASHINGTON, DC

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Google will host a LOFT Coding Jam Session on February 21st at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools’ Parkside Campus, 3701 Hayes St, NE, in Washington, DC.                        

A STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Symposium featuring a panel of diverse STEM professionals will also take place.  The free, bilingual Jam Session will instruct minority youth on how to code using HTML and CSS with hip-hop, jazz and salsa music playing in the background with hundreds of students and their parents in attendance.  A Google Chromebook laptop will be provided to the student with the best idea to make a positive impact on their community.

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February 26, 2014

Have you meet our 2013 ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellows?

20 bright young leaders of today, showcasing their ability to use video game design to address social change.

   

  

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