FL 2017 HISPA South Florida Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event

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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Haiti Cultural Complex


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HISPA South Florida’s 2017 Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event, in collaboration with the City of Miami

HISPA, in collaboration with the City of Miami, is pleased to invite you to join the HISPA South Florida 2017 Role Model Program Kick-Off & Recruiting Event: 20,000 Inspirational Stories = 1 Empowering Voice

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The City of Miami and HISPA invite you to join our 2017 South Florida Kick-Off and Recruiting Event, “20,000 Inspirational Stories = 1 Empowering Voice,” on Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 pm to commit to SHARE, INSPIRE, and TRANSFORM the lives of Florida’s students!

HISPA is proud to be celebrating our second year of expansion in South Florida! Join us for music, food, and the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in collaboration with the City of Miami. In addition to hearing from HISPA leaders and Maria C. Alonso, President and CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade, guests will also enjoy networking opportunities with representatives from organizations including Visa, ESPN, Disney, UPS, FirstBank, Office Depot and Microsoft. One round-trip ticket–courtesy of Southwest Airlines, HISPA’s official airline partner–will be given away as door prize among those who register to be HISPA Role Models.


5:45 – 6:30 pm:
Networking/ Registration

6:30 – 7:45pm


– Welcome Remarks – Rene Herrera, HISPA Board of Director

– Message from Office of the Mayor, City of Miami

– Keynote Speaker – Maria C. Alonso, President and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade.

– HISPA Presentation: “Call to Action” – John Moreno-Escobar, Director of HISPA Miami

– We can all be Role Models – Rod Colón, HISPA Role Models Development Director

Door prizes courtesy of Southwest Airlines, HISPA’s official airline partner
Refreshments & Networking Reception

HISPA is active throughout New Jersey, New York City, San Antonio and Florida. To date, we have mobilized over 2,500 volunteers to encourage over 9,000 students to fulfill their potential through academic achievement. Join us and learn more about becoming a HISPA Role Model, sharing your story and inspiring young Latinos to excel in school and pursue higher education to achieve their dreams. Inspirational speakers and HISPA Role Models will share their experiences and the impact of their volunteerism with attendees.


The majority of children never have to ask themselves the question, “Can I really be a teacher, doctor, astronaut, or politician?” Unfortunately, many Latino youth do not see role models that look like them in such professions. Research has shown a strong correlation between students having a mentor or role model and their pursuit of higher education:

“The findings identified four family background characteristics that contributed to their scholarly achievement. The four themes were (a) a strong parental commitment to the importance of education, (b) parental facilitation of their child’s autonomy, (c) an array of nonverbal, parental expressions of support for educational goals and tasks, and (d) the presence of supportive faculty mentors and role models in the students’ lives.”

Latino students need role models to help them see their educational opportunities and to show them how to navigate the college system. For many of these students, this knowledge may not be available from other sources. For this reason, it is important to provide credible Latino role models to students. We invite you to join our efforts to eradicate the lack of role models as a reason why our students don’t pursue higher education.

Learn more about HISPA programs.


If you would like an on-site presentation to your company, please reach out to Rod Colón, HISPA Role Model Development Director, at rod@hispa.org.

Event sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Kelly Grossman at kelly@hispa.org.

For opportunities to become an Annual Partner or Founding Partner of HISPA Miami, please contact Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, HISPA President & CEO, ivonne@hispa.org.


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