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HISPA Hosts Youth Conference at Montclair State University to Empower Latino Middle School Students

HISPA Hosts Youth Conference at Montclair State University to Empower Latino Middle School Students   Passaic, New Jersey — March 27, 2024 — HISPA, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Latino youth through education, hosted its first-ever Youth Conference at Montclair State University yesterday, March 26th. The event, co-hosted by Montclair State University’s Office […]

HISPA Announces Fundraising Gala Awardees and Leadership Transition

HISPA, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Hispanic youth, is thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s prestigious Three Kings Banquet. This fundraising and awards event, which will take place in New Jersey and Florida on January 18 and 25, respectively, will celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals and organizations and mark a significant […]

HISPA CEO Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse Featured on ABC Tiempo!

HISPA CEO Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, had the amazing opportunity to interview with ABC Tiempo! Thank you so much for allowing us to share HISPA’s work and showcase our distinguished 3 Kings Banquet awardees with your audience. Your team was fantastic, and Dr. Diaz appreciated the warm welcome. Big thanks to Joe Torres for the thoughtful questions and […]

United Way Awards Grants to BIPOC Led Organizations

United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) awarded grants to eight local nonprofit organizations totaling $52,000 as part of the Inaugural Power Up Fund.

The fund was established to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) nonprofit leaders who share in and align with UWGMC’s commitment to reducing barriers for under-resourced, economically challenged and under-served populations.

The Power Up Fund matters because research has shown that organizations led by leaders of color are under-funded and organizations led by women of color receive even less support. UWGMC is addressing the funding disparity by providing unrestricted grants and connecting BIPOC leaders to valuable organizational resources.

The Power Up Fund is seeded by UWGMC’s endowment. UWGMC is grateful to the Power Up Fund Grants Advisory Committee comprised of community members from a variety of sectors for their role in the grant review and selection. The 2023 Power Up Fund grantees are as follows:

African Link Initiative

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County

HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement)

HomeWorks, Trenton Inc.

NJ Black Women’s Collective

Princeton Nursery School

Salvation & Social Justice

Womanspace, Inc.

“We are excited to launch the Power Up Fund and to support the capacity of BIPOC led nonprofit organizations. This is new and bold for the organization. Equity and access is at the core of what we do. We are committed to dismantling inequities and building a thriving community for all” said Sandra Toussaint, President, and CEO of UWGMC.

2024 Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program

Why You Should Apply?

The Fellows Program attracts high-performing students with an interest in diversity and inclusion who seek to acquire the skills necessary for success in a professional workplace.

The Fellows will be coached on skills such as written communication, negotiation, public speaking, organization and time management, professional etiquette, giving and receiving feedback, and so on.

The Program combines practical, hands-on experience with traditional classroom instruction, guest presentations by leading professionals, as well as other unique skill-building opportunities.

Overall, the Program leads to increased preparedness for a professional workplace and imparts the skills necessary for Latin@ to flourish as professionals in our 21st century economy.


Program Requirements

We welcome applications from students who are:

  • Resident of New Jersey
  • Of Hispanic descent
  • Enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university program
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2023 – 2024 Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program Student Application

Learn more about it here:


EDISON, NJ—The Three Kings Banquet, HISPA’s annual fundraising gala and awards ceremony, is coming up this January 2024. This evening of celebration recognizes the outstanding individuals, companies, and employee resource groups whose endeavors coincide with HISPA’s mission and directly benefit educational empowerment for Latino youth. For those interested in supporting this event, you can become an event sponsor, purchase tickets, or donate. More details on how to get involved can be found on the event website:


What: HISPA Three Kings Banquet

Who: Event awardees and speakers include: 

  • Leadership in Mentoring Award – Tony Rodriguez, Associate Director of PMO Process Governance and Portfolio Planning, Bristol Myers Squibb

  • TRANSFORM Award for Sponsor of the Year – Merck

  • INSPIRE Award for Champion of the Year – PSEG Adelante

  • SHARE Award for Role Model of the Year – Lorraine Nieto, Verizon

  • CORAZÓN Award – NJIT


When: January 18, 2024, 6 p.m. ET 
Locations: Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Hwy, Edison, NJ 08817

When: January 25, 2024, 6 p.m. ET
Location: InterContinental at Doral Miami, an IHG Hotel, 2505 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33172



Founded in 2007, Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes Hispanic professionals to eradicate one key reason why Latino youth do not pursue education: a lack of role models. By uniting students with successful role models who share a language and culture, HISPA positively impacts students’ attitudes toward and awareness of college and career opportunities, particularly in STEM. In 2020, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, with the National Science Foundation (NSF), named HISPA as one of three organizations to receive the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the highest national STEM mentoring award bestowed by the White House. 


HISPA’s educational programs are made possible by Founding Partners Verizon and Visa, Co-found Partners and Supporters Merck, the U.S. Navy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Victoria’s Secret & Co., and Bloomberg, and Annual Partners and Supporters the PSEG Foundation and Educational Testing Service.

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Inspiring performance and achievements, one student at a time

PSEG, a New Jersey-based energy company, is partnering with Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) to support the development of Hispanic students.

“The PSEG Foundation provides funding for these programs to support youth development in a way that directly ties education to careers,” said Maria Spina, manager of the PSEG Foundation. “These programs also have a strong professional development component, enabling employees to represent PSEG within the communities in which they live and work.”

The partnership between PSEG and HISPA helps empower Latino youth and bridge the gap between education and career opportunities. Learn more about it here.

Inspiring performance and achievements, one student at a time