38-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the
youngest mayor of a Top 50 US-American city. Throughout his
tenure, he has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st
century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in
the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across
“Educational attainment is what we want to continue to stress to
our youth in Cleveland,
Mayor Castro’s visit will help to reenergize our Hispanic
community and underscore the importance of growing our economy,”
said Magda Gómez, President, Hispanic Community Programs
for the Hispanic Roundtable.
Castro delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic
National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the
first Latino to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic
National Convention. He also spoke at President Obama’s
inauguration in January.
In March 2010, Mayor Castro was named as one of the World
Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year,
Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising
stars in American politics.
Convención Hispana is spearheaded through the work of four
volunteer-led committees focusing in the areas of education,
empowerment, health, and workforce & economic development.
The event serves
as a vehicle for the collaboration of our Greater Cleveland
Latino community organizations, partners and leaders, while
promoting the mission of the Hispanic Roundtable.
“We invite not only Hispanics, but anyone in the broader
community interested in Hispanic issues. Our doors are open,”
says José C. Feliciano, Chairman of the Hispanic
Roundtable. “We want to transform our community.”
The work of the Convención Hispana has helped the
development of many organizations in the Latino community in
Metro Cleveland, including: Esperanza, Inc. (a
non-profit organization focused on Hispanic education issues),
the Hispanic Business Association, the Hispanic Senior
Center, the Latina Project
at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, and
the Hispanic Contractors Association.
As part of the education initiatives to encourage youth to
attend college, there will be an essay contest for high school
students with scholarship awards of up to $1000. In addition,
community leadership awards will be presented with nominations
coming from the community and the Convención Hispana process.
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