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Penn Students, TD Bank and Comcast Employees Become Role Models for Camden Youth

Penn Students, TD Bank and Comcast Employees Become Role Models for Camden Youth
Latino Organizations Join Forces with HISPA at Recruitment Event

Princeton, NJ, Feb. 25 – Hispanics Inspiring Students Performance and Achievement (HISPA) is joining forces with multiple organizations at the University of Pennsylvania to recruit Latino professionals and university students to volunteer as role models in middle schools. With the support of La Casa Latina and the Latin@Coalition, and a partnership with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at Penn, the HISPA Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event will take place Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall room G: 26 on the Penn Campus.
HISPA provides support to middle school students by recruiting Latino professionals to share their stories with the students about career possibilities in many fields. Thousands of students in New Jersey, New York City, and San Antonio, TX have benefited from HISPA’s programs. There is an emphasis on academic achievement and showing by example that no matter the circumstances through education students can achieve their dreams.
HISPA has invited professionals from south New Jersey and Philadelphia representing many organizations including Latinos In Leadership at TD Bank, Merck Hispanos Organization, Comcast UNIDOS, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and other community leaders to help recruit role models.
The event will include a workshop by professional motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda, Coolspeak CEO. Ojeda will present the “Know Your Role – Model the Change” training for 75 new role models. HISPA’s founder, Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, will also speak. “Together we are mobilizing Latino professionals and Latino college students to SHARE their stories, to INSPIRE students to pursue higher education, and to join our efforts to TRANSFORM the future of our youth,” said Diaz-Claisse.
With a grant from the Comcast Foundation and funding from Educational Testing Service (ETS), HISPA is expanding its role model program to Camden, NJ. The program will be launched at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26th at the Dudley School. HISPA has chosen Ojeda as the first role model to speak with students about how he overcame obstacles during his childhood to become the first person in his family to graduate from college.
“It is truly amazing to see the willingness of so many Latino professionals who volunteer their time. They understand that being a role model to these students is key to a successful future of our country,” said Diaz-Claisse. “I am proud of what we have accomplished so far by bringing the HISPA program to New York City and San Antonio and now to Camden, but I know there is so much more that we can do! This is a call to action for other college students and professionals to commit to becoming role models.”
HISPA’s 2015 Annual Partners are Comcast, ESPN, ETS, Verizon and Southwest Airlines.
To register for the HISPA Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruitment event on February 26, please contact Michelle Peal at mpeal@ets.org.