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Thursday May 24, 2012

Innovative Program for Latino Students: 100 Role Models in 100 Hours

Innovative Program for Latino Students: 100 Role Models in 100 Hours

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A tried and tested role model program for Hispanic middle school students will begin in San Antonio, Texas with an initiative to recruit 100 role models in 100 hours. The HISPA Role Model Bureau, a national non-profit organization that provides professional Hispanic role models for young students, is hosting a recruiting event on May 25 at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

HISPA is the acronym for Hispanics Inspiring Students Performance and Achievement.  One of HISPA’s key strategies is to support educational programs in institutions wherein at least half of the students are Hispanic.  It also partners with organizations that have mentoring programs.

HISPA, has recruited more than 700 role models and reached thousands of students through year-round programs in New Jersey where it is based. The majority of the role models are in STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  It has also conducted programs in New York City and Chicago.

“We’re excited to extend our programs to San Antonio,” said Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, president and founder of HISPA, which will mark its fifth year in October.  “Our goal is to recruit 100 role models to hit the ground running and build the program over the coming years. This is an excellent opportunity for Hispanic professionals to come together and contribute to the academic success and careers of our youth.”