FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2011
Somos El Futuro, Inc awards 20 Scholarships to NYS High School Seniors
New York, NY- Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) announced today a new scholarshipprogram for Hispanic high school students, that will promote youth participation in governmentand public service. The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is an innovativeprogram sponsored by the NYS Senate/Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force inconjunction with the annual Somos El Futuro, conference of business, labor, and electedofficials. The program, which this week selected 20 Hispanic high school students from NewYork State, will afford students the opportunity to work for a semester in the offices of statelegislators to learn first hand how government works.
“I am thrilled that Somos el Futuro is
able to provide these and future students, the opportunity toknow and understand how their government works in Albany and to seek public service as part
of their careers,” stated Ass
emblyman Ortiz, Chairman of the NY Senate Assembly PuertoRican/Hispanic Task Force.Each student who desired this scholarship had to meet certain requirements including an essay, aGPA of 3.0 and higher, and a letter of recommendation. Through these requirements, studentswho demonstrate leadership skills, aspirations, and self-empowerment were chosen.Somos El Futuro believes by awarding Hispanic students these scholarships it will empower andadvance educational excellence and civic responsibility. The organization wants to assiststudents in following the footsteps of elected officials, joining them in the public policy makingprocess to build the capacity of New York's Hispanic communities improving the quality of life