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HF Mobilizes Latino Voters for 2016 Election Season PDF Print E-mail

It’s election season and the stakes couldn’t be any higher. The candidates for President are hotly debating issues such as employment, health care, immigration reform, terrorism and environmental protections. Latinos care deeply about these issues and their votes will be critical to the success of any candidate for the White House.

But in order for Latinos to figure prominently in the presidential campaign, they must be registered, informed and mobilized. While the fact that the Latino electorate is fast-growing is undisputed, their true voting power has been called into question, due to historically poor voter turnout. We are working extremely hard to reverse those trends and are more confident than ever that with the support of our partners that we will significantly increase Latino voter turnout in 2016.

HF CREAR Coalition Gathers To Discuss Student Success and Community Schools PDF Print E-mail

Hispanic Federation’s Hispanic Education Summit in November 2015 convened multiple stakeholders in New York City to address the critical educational challenges facing Latino families. HES focused on six key areas: Latino Student Success (K – 12), Parent Empowerment, College Success, Community Schools, Supporting Great Teachers and Operation STEAM. In order to begin work on these issues, HF convened its CREAR Coalition recently. Consisting of member agency nonprofits and community partners focused on education, the CREAR Coalition met to draft strategies to implement the recommendations made during the HES.

HF Leads Connecticut Latino Policy Day PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, February 4th, Hispanic Federation and the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) of the Connecticut General Assembly hosted Latino Policy Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. Connecticut is home to more than 500,000 Latinos accounting for 15 percent of the state’s population and since 2012 Hispanic Federation’s Connecticut office has been representing the state’s Latino nonprofits. State State Representatives Robert Sánchez, Jason Rojas, Christopher Rosario and Edwin Vargas were among those in attendance.

HF Hotline and Phone Bank Days PDF Print E-mail

It has become a familiar sight at the Hispanic Federation offices in New York City: every seat full, phone lines ringing nonstop, several staffers walking up and down the aisles answering any questions that may arise.  Every time we host a phone bank, we can be sure that we will be inundated with phone calls, an affirmation that Línea Informativa is an effective and helpful resource for our community.

Earlier this month, we held two phone banks with Univision 41 WXTV where we responded to more than 4,000 calls. One phone bank was focused on IDNYC, New York City’s municipal identification program, and the other on the Affordable Care Act.  Individuals called in with a wide range of questions and in every case our volunteers were able to either help them immediately or direct them to the most appropriate resource.

We are also proud to have organized phone banks with Telemundo 47 WNJU on DACA and a host of other immigration matters.

In total, working with our wonderful media partners, we have been able to assist over 25,000 callers with educational, housing, health, financial literacy and other issues. We look forward to hosting more phone banks in 2016, helping an even greater number of individuals than we did this year.

HF and Delta Host Latino Leaders Day PDF Print E-mail

Latino Leaders Day is an exciting opportunity for our CREAR Futuros mentors and mentees to hear from and engage with Latino executives across a wide array of professions. Our Latino Leaders Day reached new heights when our cohort of CREAR college students met with Delta Air Lines' Latino executives at JFK International Airport in early December. The students were visibly engaged and inspired by the dynamic airport operations they experienced and the stories shared by Delta's executives.

The connection was visible. The day progressed with an in-depth, special access tour of Delta’s recently expanded Terminal 4. Students visited the air flight control center, were given a tour of a Delta airplane cockpit by an Aircraft Mechanic and Maintenance Analyst, and indulged in the free Starbucks coffee at the exclusive Delta Sky Club. “Cool” was not just the most used word of that day, it signified the awe-inspiring impact that Latino leadership modeling can have on young people.

Our CREAR Futuros students gained insight into a wide variety of professional airline careers, and learned a great deal more about career mentorship and internship opportunities at Delta Air Lines. As we journeyed back to Manhattan, listening to all the student chatter about career possibilities and aspirations, it was clear to everyone why this work is so important. We are committed to continue working with partners like Delta Air Lines in the months and years to come to help our youth keep climbing higher!

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