Posted on 05/25/2012 by mvilla
Hispanics Inspiring Students Performance and Achievement (HISPA), a national organization that provides role models for young Latinos, partnered with UTSA today to host a youth conference for middle school students.
Students attended science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sessions in which they learned everything from how to use a potato as a renewable energy source to using critical thinking skills to “think like Sherlock Holmes.”
The day-long conference also was the launch of HISPA in San Antonio. In partnership with Educational Testing Service (ETS), AT&T and the CollegeBoard, the organization hopes to find 100 role professional Latinos to serve as role models for middle school-aged children.
HISPA was founded in New Jersey by Ivonne Díaz-Claisse five years ago. Its more than 700 role models come from various professional backgrounds, but the majority come from STEM fields, Díaz-Claisse says.
Role models commit to visiting a middle school at least one day per school year to talk about their personal and work experiences.
“We need to start early,” Díaz-Claisse says about helping middle school aged children learn more about STEM. “We can’t wait until they are in high school.”