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HF to Award $50,000 in Support of DREAMers PDF Print E-mail

Continuing its commitment to serve and support New York’s young immigrant population, Hispanic Federation is proud to announce that it will provide $50,000 in scholarships to aid eligible immigrant youth applying for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Immigration Program.

Announced by President Obama on June 15th, 2012, this policy allows qualifying immigrants under the age of 31 who came to the US before the age of 16 - popularly known as DREAMers - to obtain protection from deportation and work permits for at least two years. DACA allows DREAMers to pursue higher education, gain meaningful employment and have an opportunity to contribute more fully to society.

Hispanic Education Summit Aims to Boost Latino Educational Achievement PDF Print E-mail

Across the country, Latinos consistently identify education as the most important challenge facing our community. With that in mind, over 200 community leaders, educators, parents, researchers and policymakers convened last week for HF’s all-day Hispanic Education Summit, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). The goal of the summit was to have an intimate discussion “entre familia” on how to close the Latino academic achievement gap.

“Far too many children attend segregated, over-crowded, and underfunded public schools. Because of this, only 15 percent of Latino high school graduates are college ready. And only 3.4 percent of English Language Learners pass the NYS English exams,” said José Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation. “We can and must do better by our Latino children.”

HF Provides Nonprofit Matchmaking in Connecticut PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Hispanic Federation held its second Connecticut Liderazgo Latino Board Dating event for nonprofits in Fairfield County.  

Thanks to GE and GE's Hispanic Forum, Liderazgo Latino brought together nonprofits from across the state and dynamic, skilled and energetic professionals looking to serve in Norwalk, CT. Latino nonprofits engaged in 2 minute "dates" with each potential board candidate to assess his/her potential as a board member.

Hispanic Federation members from Hartford, New Haven, Danbury, Meriden, Norwalk, and Bridgeport had a chance to connect with a variety of professionals meeting, greeting and dating to find a potential match.  At the end of the evening, each nonprofit and each individual submitted an interest form indicating which organizations or candidates they would like to pursue.

Forum on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Crisis Attracts Standing-Room-Only Audience PDF Print E-mail

A standing-room-only audience of more than 120 people packed Hispanic Federation’s Las Americas Conference Center last week to discuss the root causes of the unaccompanied migrant children crisis and how leaders across the region can best respond to the ongoing and emerging needs of these children and their families.

For more than two hours, an audience consisting of community advocates, policymakers and concerned citizens engaged in a dialogue with leading experts on the complex set of factors driving the crisis and what must be done in terms of policy advocacy and social services to protect this vulnerable population.

Happy 98th Birthday to the National Park Service! PDF Print E-mail

The National Park Service, established in 1916 to protect, preserve and tell the stories of some of our nation’s most iconic places, celebrated its 98th year anniversary recently. 

Through national parks and monuments, the National Park Service commemorates notable people and achievements, conserves breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders, and provides places of learning and enjoyment. 

In recent years, the designation of sites honoring Latino culture and heritage, including the César E. Chávez and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments, have made steady progress toward ensuring that Latino heritage and culture is better reflected in our national parks and monuments.

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