Photo: Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
Latino high school seniors across the United States can apply to the 15th Annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards at www.HispanicHeritage.org by Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The Youth Awards program is presented by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and their sponsors (see below for sponsors and for which categories the students can apply).
Once selected, the students will be celebrated at 10 regional ceremonies, receive grants for their education or for an idea or project to impact their communities, and funneled into the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program as they attend college and enter their careers. Actor/Director Diego Luna, the official spokesperson for the 2013 Youth Awards, will be featured in national public service awareness campaign in English and Spanish.
Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and for their focus on various categories (see below). The young leaders will also be positioned to serve as role models for their peers and offset negative stereotypes for Latinos.
Youth Awards kicks off on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Rice University in Houston, TX and conclude with the National Youth Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
The 2013 Youth Awards categories are:
- Business & Entrepreneurship – sponsored by BBVA Compass
- Education – sponsored by Southwest Airlines
- Engineering & Mathematics – sponsored by ExxonMobil
- Healthcare & Science – sponsored by CVS Workforce Initiatives
- Technology & Innovation – sponsored by Entertainment Software Association
In each of the 10 regions, three students (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be honored in the five categories. After receiving the awards, the students – and the applicants who weren’t selected – will be funneled into the LOFT program which provides leadership trainings, mentorships, internships/fellowships and symposia in focused in priority fields and industries.