BECOME A
HISPA ROLE MODEL

 

HISPA Role Models serve as real-life examples of the opportunities available to those who pursue education.
By inspiring and motivating young Hispanics to make these possibilities a reality, HISPA Role Models help our youth realize their full potential not only as students, but as future leaders.

Who are HISPA Role Models?

HISPA Role Models are Hispanic and Latino professionals or current university students with a passion for inspiring academic success and the dedication to share their stories with local youth. They represent a variety of careers, including business and STEM as well as education, law, and health care.

How do I become a HISPA Role Model?

The process to become a HISPA Role Model is easy: register online and submit your biography. After an interview, you may participate in a training session to help you prepare for a compelling and motivational classroom visit.
Scroll down for more details on how to get started.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

The steps below will take you through the process of registering to become a HISPA Role Model as well as signing up and preparing for school visits.

1. CREATE AN ACCOUNT
Becoming a HISPA Role Model begins with registering online: click the sign-up button below and complete your HISPA Role Model user profile.
4. CHOOSE YOUR VISIT
Visit our Role Model Program calendar, which displays all upcoming school visits. Select a date, time, and school that works best for you and register to visit.
2. PREPARE YOUR BIOGRAPHY
Prepare a 1-page bio, including your photo. Keep in mind it is for the students you will visit: an 11-year-old should be able to easily read and understand it.
5. EMAIL YOUR BIO & PRESENTATION
Email your bio and presentation to the Role Model Program Director listed on your visit date, who will soon contact you with any necessary details for your visit.
3. PREPARE YOUR PRESENTATION
Prepare a visual presentation (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi) with photos or videos that will complement what you say. Keep it fun and interesting for 11- to 15-year-olds.
6. VISIT THE SCHOOL
Show up ready to share, inspire, and transform! Have fun, challenging students with questions and rewarding them with small prizes or snacks. Arrive early to allow yourself time to park and get to where you’ll be presenting.

HISPA Role Models have a positive impact on student attitude towards education: 96% of students were inspired to do better in school and 95% were inspired to set college as a goal. In fact, students’ belief that they could attend college increased after each HISPA Role Model visit.

What do HISPA Role Model Visits

Look like?

> Our Role Model Program Director will contact you before your visit to provide logistical details and answer any questions you may have.
> A school staff member serving as a HISPA Liaison will greet and guide you to where you will be presenting—often a classroom, cafeteria, or gym.
> As a HISPA Role Model, you will share your story with students ranging from grades 5 to 9 (ages 11 to 15).
> The number of students you will address varies by school. You can find this information on our Role Model Program calendar.
> One or two HISPA Role Models will speak per visit. If you are presenting alone, plan to speak for 40 minutes; if there are two HISPA Role Models, expect to present for 20 minutes.
> Allow ten minutes for student questions after your presentation.
become-area3_03

TIPS FOR ROLE MODELS

Be positive.

 

Some students feel their options are limited by their surroundings. Your mission is to encourage them to aim higher and visualize themselves achieving more ambitious goals. Your story is first-hand testimonial that such success is possible.

Be sensitive to your audience.

 

We work in communities where there are not always positive adult role models with professional careers or formal education. On the other hand, do not assume this is always the case. Each student has a unique background. Be mindful of these differences.

Be respectful and relatable.

 

You should not sound like you are speaking to business executives, but it’s best not to talk like a teenager, either. Speak and act the same way you would with a friend: engage listeners earnestly, always motivate, and never preach.

Don’t try to cover everything.

 

Speakers sometimes feel obligated to pack as much into their presentation as possible. Try instead to focus on the most compelling parts of your story, emphasizing your educational and professional achievements and obstacles you overcame along the way.

Meet HISPA’s Role Model of the Year Awardees

These role models have demonstrated consistent, extraordinary support of Hispanic youth.

 

2017: Walter Rodriguez, Verizon

2016: Mayra Caceres, AT&T

2015: Manfred Morales, UPS

2014: Yolanda Baker, Chubb

2013: Rene Herrera, Office Depot

2012: Jorge Cardenas, PSEG

BECOMING A HISPA ROLE MODEL
IS EASY!

Interested in learning more about becoming a HISPA Role Model?
Please contact us at info@hispa.org or by sending a message in the following box with the following information: Your name and title, company and location.