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Mayor Announces Recipients of 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards

The 2015 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are being honored with proclamations from Mayor Annise Parker today and October 6, 2015 at Houston City Hall. Each honoree was selected based on his or her outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality of life and advancement of Houston’s Hispanic community.

This year’s Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Josefina Rendon and Jose Adan Trevino
Josefina Rendon was one of Harris County’s first Hispanic women attorneys and the first woman and first Hispanic Civic Service Commissioner for the City of Houston. In 1983 she became Houston’s third Latina municipal court judge, where she still presides. Her judicial career also includes becoming the first Latina Civil District Judge in Harris County. Judge Rendon is the immediate past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution – Houston and past president of the Texas Association of Mediators. She is a published author of over 100 articles and the recipient of both the Justice Frank Evans Award from the State Bar of Texas and the Susanne Adams Aware from the Texas Association of Mediators.

Jose Adan Trevino is founder and former President/CEO of Univision 45, Houston’s first Spanish language television station. Trevino has also been a strong voice on behalf of the Hispanic community at the local and national levels. He has served on many boards including the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Texas-Austin, Houston Community College Foundation, Texas State Securities Board, Baylor College of Medicine, Governor’s Business Council and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Community Activist: Gilbert Garcia
Gilbert Garcia has enjoyed much success professionally, but he has also been a dedicated volunteer, leader and activist in the Houston Hispanic community. In 2010, Garcia was appointed as the first Hispanic chairman of METRO. Under his leadership, METRO has restored its public image, repaired its relationship with the Federal Transit Administration, improved customer service, obtained voter approval for more funding, expanded light rail service to the Hispanic community and received the Gold Leadership Circle Award for transparency from the Texas State Comptroller. His volunteer work includes countless hours of service on difference nonprofit boards and fundraising for community improvement efforts and organizations that benefit the Hispanic community.

Education in the Community: Gloria Zenteno
Gloria Zenteno founded Barrio Dogs in 2010 after she moved back to the East End and witnessed homeless, neglected and mistreated animals seemingly everywhere. The organization stresses the importance of spaying and neutering pets and encourages residents to report animal abuse or neglect to authorities. By working in community centers and schools and holding events at civic association meetings and parks, Barrio Dogs spreads its message to the larger community. Zenteno’s hard work and commitment to her East End community and to its animals are obvious and serve as a great example for others to follow.

Youth Activist: James Lee
James Lee is the public affairs field specialist for Legacy Community Health. While a student at the University of Houston (UH), he founded LGBT Advocates, the first undergraduate political organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. As the leader of the organization, he worked to expand UH’s nondiscrimination policy to include protections for all LGBT students. As a member of the UH Student Government Association, Lee also advocated on behalf of undocumented students and for revisions to academic policy regarding mental health. His work in the area of healthcare policy advocacy has been recognized by the Texas Freedom Network, which honored Lee with the 2012 Samantha Smoot Activist Award.

Art in the Community: Daniel Bustamante
Daniel Bustamante is Executive Director of the Greater Houston Fair Housing Center and a founding member of the Multicultural Arts Cooperative of Houston. He is an experienced producer, director and administrator of festivals, tours, television, community programs and special events. Bustamante’s record of community service spans nearly 40 years and includes being a founding member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Go Tejano Committee, membership in the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals and serving as chair of the Casa de Amigos Health Clinic Advisory Council. He has been founded, produced or directed a dozen local shows and festivals.


The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the Embassy of Israel in Washington announced a $100,000 pilot scholarship program aimed at supporting U.S. Hispanic college students. The first partnership of its kind in the history of HSF, the program will award scholarships to qualified students to attend colleges in the U.S., with the Embassy of Israel offering additional funds to HSF scholarship recipients who wish to spend some time studying in Israel, as well.

The $100,000 Israel-HSF Scholarship program will make awards to qualified students to pursue degrees at top 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on merit and financial need. An additional $100,000 will be provided by the Embassy of Israel and administered by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, to offer qualified HSF Scholars the opportunity to study abroad at outstanding colleges and universities in Israel.

“We are thrilled with this new program, especially for the bond it creates between the Jewish and Hispanic communities that is grounded in our mutual commitment to advancing higher education for a better future,” said Fidel A. Vargas, President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “It is exciting that, in addition to attending a 4-year college in the United States, the scholarship recipients in this program may also have an opportunity to visit and study in Israel,” he said.

“Israel sees great importance in strengthening its relationship with the Hispanic American community,” said Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. “Israel is a world leader in the fields of high-tech, water, cyber-security and many other disciplines,” explained Dermer, “and investing in education in these and other fields will strengthen the Hispanic American community and its relationship with Israel.”

Today, one-fourth of all public school students in the U.S. are Hispanic, and research shows that 69% of Hispanic high school graduates are now going directly to college – a rate that is higher than that of the general population.
“As a result of this unprecedented surge of Hispanic college-bound students, the need for scholarships and related services for students and their families is greater than ever before,” said Mr. Vargas.
In addition to providing scholarships, HSF connects Hispanic students and parents with resources to help them navigate the journey to college and beyond. The organization’s current scholarship application season will close on March 30, 2015. Students can begin the application process by visiting HSF.net.
Israeli universities have gained international recognition as global centers of excellence and intensively interact with Israel’s leading sectors, including medicine, technology, and agriculture. As such, the curricula have been calibrated to meet real world requirements. Israel has the highest ratio of university graduates, published scientific papers, patents, and Nobel Laureates, per capita in the world.

For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit: HSF.net.

Scholarship Application Deadline January 2015!


Apply to the RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship


As part of its mission of providing the highest quality educational opportunities to high-need Latino youth, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is partnering with McDonald’s® to help promote the RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship to qualifying high school seniors across the U.S. 

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship was founded to assist Hispanic high school students pursuing a college education. To date, RMHC has awarded more than $24 million in scholarships to outstanding Hispanic students. 

In 2008, the national scholarship was added, offering four $100,000 awards to Hispanic high school seniors, who are selected based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. 

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship is awarded on a regional and national level, and awards range from $1,000 to $100,000. Applications for the 2015 RMHC/HACER Scholarship will be accepted from October 1, 2014 through January 20, 2015.


General Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a high school senior
  • Be younger than 21 years old
  • Have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
  • Be a legal U.S. resident
  • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area (for local/regional scholarships)
  • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by January 20, including:
    • Letters of recommendation
    • List of community service projects
    • Academic transcript
    • Personal essay highlighting academic, career, and personal goals

For more details, please visit www.rmhc.org or www.MeEncanta.com.

Unmet Need for Afterschool Programs in Hispanic Community Is ‘Large and Growing’

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Participation in afterschool programs among Hispanic children and youth has increased significantly, from 15 percent in 2004 to 29 percent (or 3.8 million children) in 2014, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. The 2014 edition of America After 3PM also finds that the unmet demand for afterschool is even higher: 57 percent of Hispanic students – 5.5 million children and youth – who are not already in programs would be enrolled if a program were available, their parents say. Hispanic parents strongly support afterschool programs and recognize tremendous benefits from participation.

The new survey spans 30,000 U.S. households and includes in-depth responses from 13,709 families, including 1,094 Hispanic families. It finds that 10.2 million U.S. children now participate in afterschool programs, up from 6.5 million in 2004. But the unmet demand for afterschool nationwide has increased to 19.4 million children. Demand is especially high among Hispanic, African American and low-income families.

“The country is nowhere close to meeting the demand for afterschool. In fact, the unmet demand for afterschool programs among Hispanic children is large and growing,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “It’s clear that Hispanic families value afterschool programs, because they keep children safe, inspire them to learn, help working families, and promote healthy habits. But our public policies are shortchanging millions of children of all races and ethnicities, leaving them without the programs they want and need. Federal funding for afterschool programs has been stalled for years. We need to increase federal support for quality afterschool programs.”

“Due to the fact that most students come from homes where both parents are working, we have a duty to provide safe havens for our children during the crucial hours from 3 to 6 pm,” said former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of After-School All-Stars. “Afterschool programs do remarkable things for our children, families and communities. Reams of data show it, and I’ve seen it in my own work. These programs help kids with homework,  teach them teamwork, engage them in community service, pair them with mentors, help them to  be physically fit, involve them in activities like rocketry and robotics, and much more. Afterschool is a wise investment but, unfortunately, we’re not investing nearly enough. America After 3PMshows that we are meeting only about one-third of the demand for afterschool programs. We need federal, state and local governments, philanthropies and businesses to step up and provide the resources that will put us on the path to making afterschool available to all.”

Other key findings from the 2014 survey include:

  • Demand for afterschool is greatest among Hispanic, African American, and low-income families.Participation in afterschool and unmet demand for afterschool are much higher among children from low-income households than those from higher-income households, and higher among Hispanic and African American children than white children. The parents of 57 percent of the nation’s Hispanic children not currently participating in afterschool programs would enroll their child, if a program were available, as would the parents of 60 percent of African American children not currently enrolled. The same is true of 35 percent of white children.
  • Hispanic parents say that afterschool programs are an essential source of support for working parents—giving them peace of mind when at work and helping them to keep their jobs.
  •          More than 3 in 4 Hispanic parents (76 percent) agree that afterschool programs help provide working parents peace of mind about their children while at work. Agreement jumps even higher—to 87 percent—among Hispanic parents with a child in an afterschool program.
  •          Seventy-three percent of Hispanic parents agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs. Among Hispanic parents with a child in an afterschool program, 85 percent agree.
  •          Nearly 9 in 10 Hispanic parents (89 percent) say that they are satisfied with their afterschool program overall. In addition, Hispanic parents are satisfied with the safety of the afterschool environment (87 percent), and their afterschool program’s quality of care (90 percent).
  •          More than 3 in 4 Hispanic parents (78 percent) agree that afterschool programs provide children with opportunities to be physically active.
  •          Seventy-three percent of Hispanic parents agree that afterschool programs can help excite children about learning, and agree that programs help children gain workforce skills, such as teamwork, leadership and critical thinking (also 73 percent).
  •          Seven in 10 Hispanic parents agree that participating in an afterschool program can help improve children’s behavior in school, and 67 percent agree that programs can help improve children’s school day attendance.
  • Hispanic parents face specific barriers in finding an afterschool program for their children.Hispanic parents were more likely than white parents to agree that a lack of available afterschool programs was a barrier to enrolling their child. In addition, the lack of a safe way to get to, and get home from, afterschool programs, and the cost of programs were also top responses by parents identifying barriers.
  • Hispanic parents with a child in an afterschool program are highly satisfied with their program, both overall and with specific program features.
  • Hispanic parents—including parents with children in afterschool and children not in an afterschool program—recognize the multitude of benefits children gain from participating in an afterschool program.
  • Hispanic parents strongly support public funding of afterschool programs. Overall, 84 percent of parents report that they favor public funding for afterschool programs, but among Hispanic parents, 87 percent support public funding for afterschool programs.

America After 3PM details afterschool program participation rates by race, ethnicity, gender and income, describes the types of activities afterschool programs offer, examines barriers to participation, reports on parental views of program quality, and more. It provides in-depth information on children who are unsupervised after school, as well as those who would be enrolled if an afterschool program were available to them. In addition to the national data, America After 3PM offers state-level data as well as a snapshot of national participation and demand for summer learning programs.  Summer and state-by-state results are available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.

Findings from America After 3PM are based on in-depth interviews with 13,709 households with children, completed by way of an online survey using a blend of national consumer panels. Shugoll Research collected and analyzed the data for America After 3PM.  In order to participate, respondents had to live in the United States and be the guardians of a school-age child living in their household.  The online interview took approximately 15 minutes to complete. All interviews were completed between February 28 and April 17, 2014.

America After 3 PM is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Noyce Foundation, with additional support from the Heinz Endowments, The Robert Bowne Foundation and the Samueli Foundation.