“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Homeland Security Director, Richard Canas shared this quote from Mahatma Gandhi with over 250 8th grade students in an inspirational presentation during our HISPA Role Model Program at New Brunswick Middle School in New Brunswick last Friday, May 29. Read more
PRESS ADVISORY NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Richard Cañas, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, will join other HISPA role models at the New Brunswick Middle School Career Day on Friday, May 29. Director Cañas will speak to about 200 8th-grade students at 11 a.m. The school is at 30 Van Dyke Ave., New Brunswick.
PRESS RELEASE PERTH AMBOY, NJ – Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz spoke to 8th-graders at the William C. McGinnis School during a HISPA Role Model program on Tuesday, May 5. Read more
HISPA is providing support to Novartis on their 12th Annual Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring Program by coordinating the two Community Leaders Panels and coordinating the participation of Red Bank Middle School students. Read more
Joseph Acaba, an educator, hydrogeologist, and the first Puerto Rican NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. He is currently assigned to STS-119, which was launched on March 15, 2009 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station. Read more
WORKING WITH RED BANK
By JENNIFER BRADSHAW
Richard L. Canas grew up a Salvadoran immigrant in California with a dream of working in law enforcement. He went to college and became a police officer. Today, he heads New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Read more
PRESS ADVISORY: RED BANK, NJ – Richard Cañas, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, will speak to 7th- and 8th- graders at Red Bank Middle School during a HISPA Role Model program on Friday, Jan. 30, Noon. The school is at 101 Harding Road, Red Bank.
He will be accompanied by Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, president of HISPA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional Hispanic role models for young students. HISPA, which stands for Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement, held its national launch this past September in New Jersey. Director Cañas is a recent recruit to the HISPA program.
San Diego, California – January 16, 2009 –HISPA hosts its first HISPA Role Model Program in Madison High School in San Diego California. Joanna Clark, HISPA San Diego Champion, reaches out to her AT&T colleagues and her professional network to recruit local volunteers in support of our first event in San Diego. HISPA plans to continue identifying and coordinating role model visits for this Academy of Engineering as a pilot effort in San Diego.
The Summit Area YMCA Achiever Program sponsored a Latino Leadership Institute seminar supported by HISPA Role Model Bureau, (Hispanics Inspiring Student Performance and Achievement), and in partnership with the Summit Board of Education on Friday, October 24 at Summit High School. Over 45 Latino students attended this event along with teaching and administrative staff. Read more