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What Is National Hispanic Hertiage Month?

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Highlighting Prominent Hispanic Americans

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“Ellen Ochoa" has gone down in history for being the first Hispanic American woman to go to space when she joined the 9-day mission aboard the Discovery shuttle in 1993. Ellen Ochoa’s grandparents emigrated from Mexico to the USA and eventually settled in California, where Ochoa was born in 1958. After earning her bachelor’s degree in physics, she went on to gain a master’s and doctorate in engineering from Stanford University.” Visit Resource International Pathways Online. 

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“Cesar Chavez" Born in Arizona in 1927 to a Mexican-American family, Cesar Chavez was a labor leader and civil rights activist. Having worked as a manual laborer, he was concerned with farm workers’ rights. After serving in the Navy, he became involved with the Community Service Organization (CSO) in California, an important civil rights organization for Latinx people. Along with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and led peaceful protests and marches to advocate for Latinx civil rights. Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and his legacy lives on today in workers’ rights movements.” Visit Resource International Pathways online. 

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 "Dolores Huerta" Born in New Mexico in 1930, Dolores would go on to become a leading civil rights activist. She met Cesar Chavez in California while working for the CSO, and the two bonded. Together they formed the NFWA in 1962, and Huerta made a name for herself by leading successful workers’ strikes, and later with her work for women’s rights. 

 

Now, in her 90s, she is the face of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, whose mission is to “inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice.” 

 

Huerta has received several accolades throughout her career, including the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights in 1998, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.” Visit Resource International Pathways online.  

National Hispanic Heritage  "Community Service" Nominee's 

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Popsie Lewis

Popsie Lewis has a love for the game of soccer! Mr. Lewis has dedicated his entire life to soccer. As a professional, he has served hundreds of DC Public School students as a soccer coach and mentor. He continues his dedication to the community with his work for the Open Goal Project and DC SCORES Programs. As a student-athlete at Shenandoah University, Mr. Lewis led the Hornets in career goals scored during the 1998 season. Popsie has coached several boys and girls through DC public school soccer teams, leading at-risk young soccer players around the city. Thank you for providing a safe and fun outlet to our DC youth.

Creative Ways Therapy 

Dee Parker Wright has outstanding partnerships with other organizations such as Mary’s Center and Briya and is currently located at Jubilee Jumpstart in the heart of Adams Morgan.  We are honored to present this aware to Dee Dee Parker Wright for continuing to offer quality childcare. . She can be described as a vibrant and culturally competent and has been a leader in advocating for the importance of early childhood education in the Latinx community. She remains culturally attentive to the population’s needs and uplifts the community to take lead on their child’s academic and social-emotional growth. Ms. Dee Dee was instrumental in supporting children to experience a smooth transition during the COVID-19 Pandemic. She supported families and students with food assistance, community resources, and smart tablets. Furthermore, she keeps her staff up-to-date with the latest research on early childhood development and training to be able to best serve the community. 

Maryanne Trumbore

Maryanne Trumbore is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker currently in her 8th year, serving Cardozo Education Campus through numerous roles such as Cardozo’s Unity Health Care School-Based Health Center Worker and Social Worker supporting students in both Special Education and English Language Learner programs. This year, she is serving as the Program Coordinator for English Language Learners. Ms. Trumbore prioritizes her students to meet their needs and creates long-lasting impressions so that the youth are successful in their futures. She received a Master of Social Work from the Catholic University of America here in DC, and a bachelor's degree in Communications and Spanish from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Estefania Contreras Flores

Estefania Contreras has served her community through many roles during her eight years at Collaborative Solutions for Communities. She has dedicated her time to serving the community that she once held as her playground. Currently, she serves as the Senior Family Preservation Specialist on the Family Services Team. She has supported her community by going above and beyond for every family she engages—she holds their hands and supports them by building confidence in themselves as they find their way. She prides herself on uplifting and creating stability for families so that they develop positive family dynamics and success. Moreover, she has built a name for herself in the community by working closely with providers in the field of mental health, food service, banks, and other community organizations. Estefania engages her community through fun outreach programming, educational events, and groups. Adding on, she is determined, thoughtful, and culturally competent. With the grit and gusto that she has, she makes the work look easy, but we know the hard work and effort that needs to be put in to build relationships with the communities and families. We are honored to present this award to Estefania Contreras for all that she has done for the same community that raised her!  Thank you!

Dee Dee Parker Wright

Dee Parker Wright has outstanding partnerships with other organizations such as Mary’s Center and Briya and is currently located at Jubilee Jumpstart in the heart of Adams Morgan.  We are honored to present this aware to Dee Dee Parker Wright for continuing to offer quality childcare. . She can be described as a vibrant and culturally competent and has been a leader in advocating for the importance of early childhood education in the Latinx community. She remains culturally attentive to the population’s needs and uplifts the community to take lead on their child’s academic and social-emotional growth. Ms. Dee Dee was instrumental in supporting children to experience a smooth transition during the COVID-19 Pandemic. She supported families and students with food assistance, community resources, and smart tablets. Furthermore, she keeps her staff up-to-date with the latest research on early childhood development and training to be able to best serve the community. 

Awardee 2019

1. Brandon Todd - Council member

2. Claudia Campos- Family Place

3. Ms. Irene - CSC Employee

4. Leticia Acosta- CSC Employee

5. Jasmin Benab- Mayor Employee

 

Awardees 2020

1. Arthur Mola - Cardozo Principal

2. Rubio Gomez - CSC Employee

3. Brianne Nadeau- Councilwoman

4. Haley Wiggins- The family place ED

5.Eddy Gonzalez- Chase Branch Manager

6. LORRAINE GARCIA-PIRIZ

Awardee 2021

1. Maria Tukeva- CHEC principal

2. Jackie Reyes- MOLA director

3. Sergio Luna- Roosevelt HS Soccer Coach

4. Aris and Raymond Campos- Business Owner

5. Patricia Sullivan- CSC Employee

National Hispanic Heritage  "Community Service" Awardee's