HISPA’s Role Model Bureau Reaches More Than 1,000 NJ Students

Hispanic mentors will be in Red Bank, Passaic and Summit this week
NEW JERSEY – Since mid-October, HISPA’s Role Model Bureau has been quite busy providing support to educational programs across New Jersey. Mentors have shared their life stories – with an emphasis on educational achievements and professional accomplishments – during visits with more than 1,000 students in New Brunswick, Paterson, West New York and Summit.

On Friday, Nov. 21st, HISPA mentors will be supporting programs in Red Bank and Passaic, and returning to Summit, according to 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.
One of HISPA’s key strategies is to team up with existing organizations that have mentoring programs. In New Jersey, HISPA is working with Hudson County-based Save Latin America’s “Reaching Our Dreams” program, which is run by Johnny Torres. In Summit, HISPA has teamed up with the YMCA’s Latino Leadership Institute, which is run by Janet Mauldeck, director of community development. In Red Bank, HISPA is working with the school district’s new Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program under the direction of Laura Morana, school superintendent. “We are very pleased to have HISPA’s support for the AVID progam,” said Morana. “AVID’s structured approach empowers students with the support they need to succeed in the most challenging classes and to become college ready.”
“By teaming up our HISPA role models with local educational programs, we believe we have the key ingredients to fulfill our mission to encourage and enable all Hispanic professionals to step into the classrooms, share their story and make a difference,” said Dr. Diaz-Claisse.

Arturo Lopez, Bilingual Liaison in Summit, provided HISPA with this inspiring feedback: “Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for coming to Summit High School and sharing your experience and enthusiasm with our Hispanic students. Your impressive career and your genuine commitment to inspiring and motivating our youth to set high goals and to work to reach them is truly commendable. On behalf of our Latino population, our entire educational community, and my own I thank you very much for all you are doing to promote the education of our students and to contribute to elevate the socioeconomic status of our community. ¡Un millón de gracias!”

HISPA would like to acknowledge and applaud the volunteer role models that have joined in our recent efforts to inspire students’ academic performance and achievement: Leo Ruiz, Rod Castillo and Matt Olivas (AT&T HACEMOS); Jorge Cardenas and Fatima Calcado (PSE&G Adelante); Sonia Estevez (SAMSUNG); Raul Guzman (Paterson School District); Sylvia Pertzborn (HSF) and Rene Herrera (Verizon). Also taking part were Yvonne Shepard, Ileana Artiga and Dr. Diaz-Claisse (HISPA).
In addition, HISPA would like to thank in advance those who will be meeting with students this week: Jorge Rosas (CHUBB CHLEN); Bennet Ruiz (AT&T HACEMOS); Henry Quiero and Max Perez (LISTA); and Esther Perez (Prospect Park Council President).