Cuban-born actor William Levy, widely recognized as Mexican Telenovelas’ superstar and this year’s Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) third runner up, is the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards spokesperson; the annual awards presented by the Washington-based Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF).
In his role as spokesperson, Levy is calling on Latino high school seniors to apply for the educational grants offered by HHF. Students who compete for the prestigious Youth Awards are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, which focus in various categories including: Math & Engineering, Education, Business, Healthcare & Science, Community Service, among others. Three students will be selected from each of these categories in the following 10 markets: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose/San Francisco-Bay Area, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New York/Philadelphia/New Jersey. William Levy is currently being featured in a multimedia Public Service Awareness (PSA) campaign available in English and Spanish.
“I am calling on Latino youth to step up and be role models and leaders to help the Latino community move forward,” said William. “The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is focused on not simply recognizing young leaders, but more importantly putting them in a position from which to lead and positively affect others. Education, community service and entering the workforce in a strong position are essential elements for the future and growth of America. We’re counting on our youth and I believe we’re in good hands.”
The application for the 2012 Youth Awards is now available on www.hispanicheritage.org. The applications must the postmarked no later than July 6, 2012.
“It’s essential to be able to rely on the support and participation of public personalities such as William Levy, who is able to attract wide participation. As an agent of change and a role model for achievement, William offers enthusiasm and inspiration to our youths, to continue shaping a brilliant future the community,” said HHF Vice President and Executive Producer of Levy’s campaign Maria-Esmeralda Paguaga, when thanking him for his role in this effort.
About The Hispanic Heritage Foundation:
Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit leadership organization that inspires, identifies, prepares and positions Hispanic leaders in the classroom, community and workforce, though its year-round programs: The Youth Awards, LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) and the venerable Hispanic Heritage Awards.
For additional information, please visit www.HispanicHeritage.org