Message from the President, Meiling Macias-Toro
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One again we are hosting the annual Latina Leadership Forum (LLF) andScholarship Award via Zoom. This virtual interactive event is taking place May 13th at 6:45pm, please save the date and time.
This year the Westchester Chapter of 100 Hispanic Women received an overwhelming amount of applicants who showed determination and high honor achievements while finishing their last high school year virtually. Seeing the resilience in each essay and application, the board of directors decided we needed to do more and we voted to up the scholarship giving from four to ten deserving scholars. We are extremely proud of the high school students we are supporting and feel honored to be able to help with their first year in college. We thank all the teachers and counselors that helped this years applicants. Like the African proverb says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Meaning that it is our responsibility as a community of parents, teachers, counselors and businesses to take part in our children’s upbringing, teaching them values, knowledge and skills to be able to effect true social change.
Our theme this year is dedicated to the “Unstoppable Youth” who with sweat and dedication finished the 2020/2021 school year attending virtual classes during a Global pandemic and also a complicated 2020 election year. Our youth witnessed many inequities and bias issues in our own back yards but managed to maintain focused to finish the school year. I would like to congratulate this years’ exceptional 2021 LLF Scholarship Winners from Yonkers High; Gabriella DeJesus, Lissette Rios, Maria Quiroz, Otilia Rivas and Yuddy Fermin. And, also congratulate from White Plains High; Angelica Rodriguez, Èva Medina-Weiner, Jasmin Espitia, Kelly Diaz-Rojas and Samantha Martinez.
We are grateful to this years Keynote speakers: Nancy Rosado-Santiago and Sophia Angelica Nitkin, as well as our Mistress of Ceremony, Advisory Member Dr. Nereida Quiles-Wasserman. We dedicate this years “Unstoppable Youth” zoom event to all the youth who learned, progressed to next level and most importantly to our graduating class of 2021. We celebrate you and your courage to attend College and Universities this Fall.
We continue to pray for the families going through recent losses or anniversaries because of the pandemic. The 100 Hispanic Women family is saddened by so much loss and we express our heartfelt condolences to all those suffering.
This year we urge you to get vaccinated, which is the only way we are going to go back to normal.
I am looking forward to seeing you on the Zoom on May 13th and proud to be able to cheer on and honor the amazing “Unstoppable Youth” scholars.