May 2021 Newsletter
Get to know Melissa Canela
Education Programs Manager at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Melissa’s first day at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) was the Friday before the shelter in place order in Santa Clara County went into effect last year. Since then, Melissa along with our education programs has pivoted drastically. Alongside having to navigate a new job, she is in pursuit of a Masters's degree in Justice Studies at San Jose State University.
As there is light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel, Melissa shares with us what she has learned about an organization supported, managed, and led by Hispanic leaders in Silicon Valley. Click here to learn more about Melissa.
If you missed the May 2021 CEO Message click here.
Camila Ramos, a 2018 Latinos in Technology scholarship recipient currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Cal State East Bay, participated in this month’s Latinx Scholar Chat. A native from Colombia and a first-generation college student, Camila has not only managed to navigate college as a Latina pursuing a career in STEM but is also a full-time employee at Paypal.
To listen to the full interview with Camila click here.
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Conexiones (Connections) Program connects our Latinos in Technology Scholarship recipients with Latinx professionals in Silicon Valley. The goal is to provide our scholars with Conexiones that will strengthen their professional development skills as they start their careers. Through Conexiones, our scholars are matched with a mentor that guides them through a five-month program emphasizing leadership and professional development skills.
To learn more about this program click here. If serving as a mentor is of interest, please reach out to our Education Programs Manager, Melissa Canela.
Hispanic Foundation College Success Center
Congratulations to all of our parents at Silver Creek High School, DCP El Camino Middle School, McKinley Elementary School, and Yerba Buena High School for participating and graduating from our Parent Education Academy.
Our wonderful graduates participated in an 8-week program in which they learned about a range of topics to support and engage in their student's educational journey such as emotional intelligence and student success, mapping the road to college, discussing financial aid options, and more!
To learn more about the Hispanic Foundation College Success Center programs click here.
Latino Board Leadership Academy
Last week marked the sixth session with Class XVIII of the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) led by Nelson Layag.
The cohort learned about how to best approach the role of board member for a nonprofit organization. Nelson outlined immediate decisions and the next steps needed for board members to strengthen their organization.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the first Latinx Speaker Series of 2021. On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Latinx community of Silicon Valley gathered for a conversation around Latinx entrepreneurship. We shed light on some of the challenges, risks, and rewards of starting and owning your own business. The purpose of the Latinx Speaker Series is to foster community and convene the diverse sectors of our Latinx community in Silicon Valley. To see a recap of the event click here.
San Jose Sharks - Goals for kids
Special thanks to the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation for selecting the HFSV as one of the recipients of the Goals For Kids 2020-2021 grant this season. All together the San Jose Sharks scored 151 goals which means they raised $151,000 for all of the participating nonprofits.
Also, on May 5th, the Sharks hosted Los Tiburones Night. The players sported their 'Los Tiburones' sweaters during warm-ups. The jerseys were later auctioned off and we raised over $25,000 for the HFSV. See the Sharks wearing the Los Tiburones jerseys here and learn about the local San Jose artist who created the amazing artwork. Go Sharks!
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley depends on donations from individuals like you. With your involvement, we are addressing the needs of the Latino community, expanding the philanthropic pie and increasing our charitable impact.