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ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship

Rewarding Minority Game Developers Using Their Skills To Improve Society

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2014 Fellow Jorge Avelar-Lopez and his app Trimm-Fitt

ESA President, Rich Taylor, about the Fellowship

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October 14, 2014

Students traveled to Washington, DC and earned innovation grants for games and apps addressing pressing social issues

September 30, 2014 – Washington, DC – Twenty minority students were selected as Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) Video Game Innovation Fellows based on games and apps they developed to address social issues in their community, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today.

The fellows, ages 15 to 25, visited Washington, DC October 1-3 and presented their ideas to members of the Obama Administration, Congress, and national community leaders. Each fellow received an innovation grant to help further develop his or her game or app. For additional information on fellows and the ESA Project, contact Santiago Melli-Huber at SantiagoMH@HispanicHeritage.org or (202) 558-9473.

FELLOW’S AGENDA:

October 1
Arrival and informal dinner

October 2
– Congressional Briefing at Capitol Hill [Click Here for Bios of Panelist]

– Luncheon located at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., 10th Floor, Washington, DC Click Here to view Photos

– Evening Reception

For Photos Click Here

October 3
– White House Briefing with Office of Science and Technology

“This creative partnership with ESA allows us to engage youth on their terms,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “We believe that video games are a compelling gateway for teaching students how to code and build their own games and mobile apps — skills that will ultimately help prepare them to compete in today’s technology-driven marketplace. We will empower them to become content creators, not just consumers.”

“The ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship demonstrates that games are more than a means of entertainment. They are a valuable tool for positive change in our society,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at the ESA. “We are proud to offer an opportunity that will help foster and promote creative thinking and innovation in minority communities through the unique platform only video games can provide.”

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June 23, 2014

1st Annual LOFT Investors Forum

June 13, 2014

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION, GOOGLE, AND FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOST LOFT CODING JAM SESSION TO INTRODUCE MINORITY YOUTH TO COMPUTER CODING AND TECHNOLOGY CAREERS

MIAMI, FL – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Google and Florida International University (FIU) will host a LOFT (Leaders On Fast Track) Coding Jam Session at FIU (Engineering and Computer Science Building Room 241, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199) at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14, in an effort to introduce minority youth to computer coding and 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.  A Google Chromebook laptop will be provided to the student with the best idea to make a positive impact on their community.

“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. “It’s remarkable that in 2014 only one out of 10 high schools teach computer coding.  We are trying to fill that gap not only in education but in the workforce going forward through our partnership with Google.  There is no greater way to make an impact on society going forward than through technology.  We’re thrilled to be in Miami with FIU to make an impact.”

The Coding Jam will be part of the Voto Latino Power Summit, a leadership conference to educate, empower, and engage Latino Millennials to create positive change in their communities. Voto Latino is a partner of HHF.

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development program and the Coding Jam Sessions – which are being executed in at least 10 cities – are part of LOFT’s Innovation & Technology Track is an area of focus. Other LOFT Tracks include Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, and Media & Entertainment.  Through a grant from the State of California, HHF will execute the LOFT Coding Jam Sessions in 30 schools in the Los Angeles County School District, which is the second largest in the country.

As follow up, HHF stays connected with the students through LOFTnetwork.org and will provide next-step curriculum online and even certificates of achievement when a level is reached.  HHF also video tapes the Jam Sessions to post online for students, educators, nonprofits and even parents to access the LOFT curriculum as an introduction to coding.

Interested middle school students may register here.

May 14, 2014

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE AND LOFT INTRODUCE AND ENCOURAGE LATINOS TO ENTER STEMS CAREERS THROUGH VIDEO GAMING AND ART

MONTEREY PARK, CA – East Los Angeles College (ELAC), Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Leaders On Fast Track program (LOFT), Department of Education, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and other partners present the third segment in ELAC’s Mixing Arts & Science series on May 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the ELAC auditorium (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754). The purpose is to introduce and encourage Latinos to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers through video gaming, in which Hispanics and other minorities are over indexed as users.  Art is being added to the traditional STEM categories making it STEAM.

“At the core of LOFT’s video gaming initiatives is the belief that using technology for social change or career paths is essential to not only the advancement of minority communities, but America as a nation,” said Emanuel Pleitez, Chair of HHF and an LA native. “Through this creative partnership with ELAC, DOE and ESA, we are engaging youth on their terms, through video games. The link from playing a video game to developing one to computer coding, cybersecurity and other skills gap areas is part of the strategy for this effort in Los Angeles.”

The event, titled “The Art of Video Games,” will feature video gaming industry experts highlighting the connection between playing video games to developing them to entertaining careers in technology which would fill an ever-growing skills gap in America. Public officials and other leaders from the area will also participate including Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Pleitez, and Los Angeles City General Manager Jan Perry.  The students will explore career opportunities, learn employment forecast, participate in interactive and hands-on demonstrations from video game companies, and form connections to help build a seamless integration of STEM and the Arts.

A reception will immediately follow the event. Registration is free and open to the public. Contact Martha C. Pelayo at pelayomc@elac.edu.

May 14, 2014

SILICON VALLEY LATINO LEADERSHIP SUMMIT PRESENTED VISION AWARD TO HHF PRESIDENT JOSE ANTONIO TIJERINO AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY

CA State Assembly Member Luis A. Alejo of the 30th District Also Being Recognized

PALO ALTO, CA – Es Tiempo, LLC and Hispanic-Net hosted the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit (SVLLS) at the Stanford Faculty Club at Stanford University and presented Hispanic Heritage Foundation President & CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino with the Vision Award for his contributions to the Latino community and innovative approach to youth leadership.  The Honorable, Luis A. Alejo, California State Assembly Member, 30th District, was awarded the Latino Pioneer Leadership Award for his commitment in empowering the residents in California, especially those who are disadvantaged and underrepresented.

 

“I’m deeply honored to receive the Vision Award from a leader like Frank Carbajal in a region full of American dreams – Silicon Valley,” said Tijerino.  “I’m accepting this award on behalf of the tens of thousands of young leaders in our network who provide me inspiration, ideas and a spirit which embodies what this great country is all about – innovation. Ahora Si! I’m also humbled to share the stage with Luis Alejo who has made an indelible impact on California.”

 

Tijerino has served as president and CEO of HHF for over 12 years during which the national, nonprofit organization has expanded its mission to inspire, prepare, connect and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  Tijerino has developed an innovative, sustainable programmatic model for Latino leadership in 10 areas of focus or Tracks including Science & Healthcare, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment and Latinas and leads a network of tens of thousands of vetted students and young professionals who he believes are “leaders of today and tomorrow.”  HHF’s approach and youth programs have been recognized by the White House, Congress, and Fortune 500 Companies.  He also executive produces the star-studded Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center and the television broadcast.  He serves on numerous boards and committees including the Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard, National Parent Teacher Association, National Building Museum, Jefferson Awards, the Robert H. School of Business at University of Maryland, and Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership among others.

 

“Antonio continues to inspire tens of thousands of youth through his great team at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation,” said Frank Carbajal, founder of SVLLS and Es Tiempo, LLC. “Antonio leads this organization with his genuine leadership, by creating a platform that builds Latino Leaders to become the voice and leaders of today.”

 

The Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit (SVLLS) is an annual event aimed at inspiring, educating, and fostering connections through an interactive experience with participants and speakers. SVLLS brings together hundreds of diverse business, community and government leaders, entrepreneurs, social media innovators, college students and even high school students participating in the California Ivy League Project and the Young Latina Project.

 

About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1987 which 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, Miami and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visitwww.HispanicHeritage.org.)  Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and HHFoundation on Twitter.

 

HHF’s award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) 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.

May 14, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s LOFT Launched LAtinas at Tuesday, April 29 Reception in downtown Los Angeles’ Onyx Lounge

LAtinas is a Latina Public Service Academy Developed in Collaboration with Ana Cubas to Engage, Mentor and Prepare Young Latinas to Serve Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 29, 2014 – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program hosted a reception to launch LAtinas from 6-9 p.m. (speaking program from 7-730 p.m.) April 29th, at Onyx Lounge, 118 W. 5th St, downtown Los Angeles.  The event served as an affordable, accessible fundraiser to launch the initiative focused on engaging high school Latina students with an interest in public service.  The initiative was developed in partnership with Ana Cubas with LOFT Los Angeles Leader Ana (Shelli) Victorino. Pilar Avila, CEO of New America Alliance and LOFT supporter emceed the speaking portion of the reception.  Actresses Aimee Garcia and Gina Rodriguez, Bell City Councilwoman Ana Maria Quintana, Hermosa Beach City Council Member Nannette Barragan, and other surprise guests attended.  Partners supporting the effort include New Leaders Council, Southern California Gas Company, New America Alliance, Southwest Airlines (Official Airline of LOFT), New American Leaders Project, Union Bank, Emerge California, AECOM, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA).

“This is a call to action for all of us in Los Angeles to ensure that women are represented in government” said Cubas. “Los Angeles should be a leader and trailblazer for women’s political empowerment, not a throwback to the 1930?s when the Los Angeles City Council had no female representation. During my candidacy, I pledged to establish a women’s leadership training institute to train young women from as early as high school to run for elected office.  I am proud to fulfill this pledge as a non-profit, non-partisan effort with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.”

 

“This Academy is a no-brainer for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and is long overdue, “said Emanuel Pleitez, Chairman of HHF and founder of the national nonprofit’s LA office. “Nearly 40 percent of Los Angeles’ students are Latinas and the makeup of our elected representatives should reflect that.  We believe strongly that the public sector should reflect those demographics and through LOFT we can help achieve that balance.”

 

Currently, Los Angeles has only one female elected official out of 18 elected officials, the lowest level of female participation of any major City in the United States.  Additionally, in the California State Legislature, only 25 percent of the Assembly members are women and 30 percent of the State Senators are women.

 

“If students can’t see what success looks like or what it takes to get there, it becomes infinitely harder for them to motivate themselves,” said Victorino, “We want this program to help these young girls to visualize the future, get inspired, and encourage them to achieve professional success in order to chip away at the gender disparity we currently see in public office in this city.”

 

LAtinas will provide government and public policy training and instruction to 22 female high school juniors and seniors from low-income communities in Los Angeles.  The Academy consists of three full day sessions and will include visits to municipal government chambers.  Each participant will have the opportunity to intern with a local female elected official and participate in a voter registration or political campaign.  The Academy has also established a Founding Advisory and Mentor Board comprised of Latina leaders in the Los Angeles area that will maximize the reach and impact of the Academy and become mentors to the participants. Applications for the Academy are closed. The inaugural participants will be announced at the launch event and the program officially kicks off Saturday May 3rd.

 

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, Miami and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visitwww.HispanicHeritage.org.)  Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and HHFoundation on Twitter.

 

HHF’s award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) 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.


About Ana Cubas

Ana Cubas ran for Los Angeles City Council District 9 in 2013.  She raised $550,000 for both primary and run-off elections, setting a record for female candidates in the City of Los Angeles.  She ran a positive, grass-roots campaign focused on back to basics and the empowerment of communities that have been left out of City government.  Ana has devoted her life to public service.  She is passionate about helping low-income communities and has worked in the education, non-profit, and State and City government sectors since 1995. As an immigrant, and the first in her family to attend college, she knows first-hand the struggles of low-income families. Ana obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning (MPA-URP) from Princeton University.  Visit Ana Cubas on Facebook.

April 22, 2014

HHF AND GOOGLE HOSTED LOFT AWARDS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

Five Honored from Across Country – Google Receiving Corporate Award

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program and Google hosted the LOFT Awards on May 3 from 6-9 p.m. at Google Headquarters (1200 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA). The reception honored five members of the LOFT Network as well as Google with the Corporate Award for the company’s innovative spirit and belief that youth can lead today.

 

The awardees and their areas of excellence are as follows:

  • Julián Alcazar: Public Service, Financial Literacy
  • Eutiquio Chapa: Information & Technology
  • Diana Marquez: Social Media, Outreach
  • Jonathan Padilla: Leadership, Grassroots Mobilization
  • Ana Sheila Victorino: Latinas, Public Service
  • Google: Corporate Innovation

 

“As a dynamic network of tens of thousands, we wanted to highlight LOFTies who stood out for their actionable leadership and innovative spirit,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “And Google shares those attributes from a corporate side. We believe in our community and believe in our youth. The LOFT Awards recognize these outstanding individuals and the company for sharing those beliefs.”

 

The day before the LOFT Awards, Google and HHF teamed up for the Google LOFT Coding Jam Session at Silver Creek High School where students were instructed on how to code using HTML and CSS with hip-hop, jazz and salsa music playing in the background.  A Google Chromebook laptop is provided to students with best innovative social ideas.  The Google LOFT Coding Jam Sessions are being held across the country in an effort to engage minority youth on their terms to innovate and enter technology careers to bolster America’s workforce going forward to better compete globally in the innovation space.

 

“Google is proud to host the LOFT Awards at our corporate headquarters,” said Hector Mujica, Social Responsibility Strategist and US Hispanic Policy Outreach Lead at Google. “We believe in the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s mission of inclusivity and advancement of Hispanics, and support the work they are doing as an organization to help drive forward the Hispanic community.”

 

Earlier on the day of the LOFT Awards, HHF hosted the LOFT Retreat at Stanford University (450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305) from 10-5 p.m. as LOFTIes shared experiences, insights, and their vision as well lay out a path for LOFT to move forward with greater impact on the Latino community and America.  Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of LOFT.

 

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.

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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