HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement)

LAST UPDATED: September 21, 2018
Education & Youth Development
Mission: To mobilize Hispanic professionals as active role models in local educational programs. Vision: To contribute to America’s future by inspiring students’ academic performance and achievement. HISPA mobilizes Hispanic professionals to eradicate one key reason why youth don’t pursue education: a lack of role models. Unless students believe they can achieve, they risk of dropping out—and indeed, Hispanic dropout is the highest of all racial/ethnic groups. This has social and economic consequences as jobs demand more education and Hispanics make up more of the workforce. Research shows that early intervention is key to reducing dropout. It also shows strong correlation between having a role model and pursuing education. HISPA programs intervene during this critical period to emphasize the importance of academics, introduce careers, and demonstrate that all students can achieve their dreams. The HISPA Role Model Program puts Hispanic professionals in Hispanic-majority school classrooms to emphasize the importance of higher education and introduce potential future careers. HISPA Youth Conferences bring 150 students to a university campus for hands-on workshops alongside positive role models to introduce college life and encourage STEM studies and careers. HISPA Corporate Visits to company headquarters allow students to explore career options immersed in a professional setting. Students tour labs and work with cutting-edge technologies and hear from company leaders.
573 Harding Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

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Chair and Director
Founder, YMS & Associates
Secretary and Director
Senior Proposal Manager, NTT DATA
Treasurer and Director
Founder, Cano Wealth Strategies
Director Senior Vice President for People, Process and Communications and Chief Administrative Officer, Educational Testing Service
Vice President of Human Resources, AT&T
Vice President of Finance, Consumer and Mass Business, Verizon
Chief Evaluation and Learning Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Senior Manager—Internal Audit Department, Office Depot
Manager, Merck


Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse
President and CEO
Rod Colon
HISPA Role Model Development Consultant
Francisco Gonzalez
HISPA Role Model Program Consultant: Greater New Jersey Area
Kelly Grossman
Communications and Development Consultant
Evelyn Melendez
Office and Financial Management, HISPA Role Model Program: Florida
Mauricio Rodriguez-Lemonk
Operations and Events Consultant
Herlinda Sifuentes
HISPA Role Model Program Consultant: San Antonio, Texas


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.