April 2020 Newsletter

By: HFSV September 27, 2021

April 2020 Newsletter

In just a few weeks the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has made a total “pivot” and moved some of our student and parent education programs to webinar platforms. We are working continuously to support our program partners and to provide access to those in need of our services in an effort to close the achievement gap. Today, our work is essential more than ever!

If you missed the video message from Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, please click here. Below are a few updates for the month of April from our Hispanic Foundation team.

Latinos in Technology Initiative

Our Latinos in Technology Scholarship application closed earlier this month and we are thrilled to report we’ve received 107 applications. In the next couple of weeks, applicants will soon be receiving a notification about the status of their scholarship. The next scholarship period will open in 2021.   In the meantime, if you are looking for some uplifting news, feel free to watch our new project called the “Latinos in Technology Scholars Interview Series with Ron Gonzales”. This is a chance to learn more about our scholars.

Hispanic Foundation College Success Center

Parent Education Academy At Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto, our Parent Education Academy is going strong as we have pivoted to provide this service to online. These 20 parents are determined to learn how they can best support their children towards high school and college graduation. Gracias a todos los padres de East Palo Alto por su participación y compromiso a la educación y crianza de sus hijos. To learn more about how we are innovating our programs during the shelter in place hear from our Program Associate, Melissa Canela by clicking here.

Girls Who Code

As of last week, the HFCSC Team has launched two virtual Girls Who Code Clubs for the first time for students in East San Jose and East Palo Alto. Our facilitators are working closely with them online to help students learn about coding while channeling their creativity to put together their own projects through coding. We look forward to seeing the final projects in May! If you are an educator or school administrator and would like to bring Girls Who Code or Parent Education Academies to your school, please contact Lisa Dominguez, Director of Programs, at

Quetzal Mama Webinar

Dr. Roxanne Ocampo has led Quetzal Mama’s University of California Personal Insight Questions workshops in the past for the Hispanic Foundation. We are pleased to continue working with her during shelter in place by offering high school juniors tips on how they can prepare for college now! On Thursday, April 9th, we had in attendance 20 students ready to maximize their time. Dr. Ocampo is a proud Latina mom and author of five award-winning non-fiction books focused on college admissions. She is the CEO of Quetzal Mama™ – a college admission coaching practice for Latinx students. She has coached more than 10,000 students since 2010. To learn more about her click here.

Latino Board Leadership Academy

We are excited to announce we have accepted 44 fellows to join our new cohort, Class XVI, in San Mateo County. Our first session of the Latino Board Leadership Academy will begin on April 29th and end on July 1st. Simultaneously, our Class XV cohort in Santa Clara County will be wrapping up on May 7th with 35 Senior Fellows ready to serve on nonprofit boards in Silicon Valley. To learn more about LBLA click here.

Upcoming Events

The Hispanic Foundation Ball is more than just a party. Funds raised at the Ball account for over 20% of the revenue of the organization and support all of our programs. The Ball also provides an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the Latinos in Technology Initiative.  Become a sponsor today! Special thanks to those who have committed to support the Ball this year:

he 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.

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