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Camden Hills student honored for Social Justice

Feb 23, 2021
Camden Hills student, Ava Baeza, received the Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Camden — Ava Baeza, a Senior at Camden Hills Regional High School, has been named a recipient of the Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Award by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Baeza won Gold in the category of Social Justice. Along with other winners, Baeza will be honored at a virtual ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. To register, visit rsvpya.com.

Now in its 22nd year, this educational grant program honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: business and finance; engineering; entrepreneurship; education; media and entertainment; social justice; technology; and public service. The Youth Awards region includes New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

In each of the virtual ceremonies, three students will be honored in every category, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. After the Youth Awards Regional Ceremonies conclude, one national recipient will be recognized in each of the categories and celebrated at the National Youth Awards Ceremony.

The Youth Awardees will receive grants for their education, or to fund an idea or community project to encourage “actionable leadership,” which is HHF’s call to action. Recipients will then be mentored by past Youth Awardees as they prepare to attend college and into their careers through HHF’s award-winning Latinos On Fast Track workforce development program. To follow the Youth Awards virtual ceremonies online, use the hashtag #YA22.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of excellence from past recipients,” said Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO. “There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States and we are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population. We’re in good hands as a community and as a country with these outstanding young leaders going forward.”

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