Jovanny Venegas Stars In Novela Educativa: Premiering At East LA College Reception To Inspire Latino Students
Actor, host, producer Jovanny Venegas stars in the latest Novela Educativa Cultivando Raíces which is set to premiere on Thursday November 14, 2013 at East Los Angeles College.
The film will premiere during the schools Mixing Arts & Science Technology As A Media Art program, sponsored by the US Department of Education, ELAC, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, LOFT and MESA.
The film is set to inspire and educate Latino students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) career fields as ELAC reported that those fields in the past ten years have grown at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs, and are projected to continue growing at this pace through the next decade. Meanwhile the college also reported that the field is under-represented by the Hispanic, African American, and women populations.
In the film Jovanny portrays the role of Ozziel "Ozzie" Garcia, a ELAC student pursuing an Engineering degree struggling to convince his father the importance of a college education. In the film Ozzie's father is very reluctant to him attending college, and rather have his son continue working at his construction company.
egarding the participation in his second Novela Educativa Jovanny said "I'm very honored to be part of a film that will inspire students to pursue careers that are underrepresented by minorities. Being a college graduate I know the importance of an education as it has prepared me for many aspects in my entertainment career along with life in general."
At the reception the Keynote speaker will be Scott Stokdyk who is an Academy Award-winner for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his ground-breaking work on SPIDER-MAN 2 and three-time Oscar nominee, is a visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks who recently completed supervising the visual effects on Disney’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.
Commissioner for the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions, and the Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and founder of its Leaders On Fast Track (LOFT) Innovation initiative to increase the proportion of under-represented minorities in the technology sector and innovation fields Emanuel Pleitez is the guest speaker.
Jovanny Venegas, Ariana Sanchez and other Cultivando Raíces actors are set to be in attendance at the event which is free and open to the public, with a reception following immediately.
Event information is below:
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez - Monterey Park, CA 91754
Recital Hall - S2
6:00pm - 8:00pm
This event is free and open to the public. Space is available on a first-come first serve basis. Free parking in Parking Structure P4.
Jovanny's current work includes playing the club DJ in the Kevin Hart comedy About Last Night (2014). He Co-stars in the Diego Luna supported film The Good Kind (2014). Portraying a record label intern on the FUSE TV series The Hustle. Also working alongside acclaimed Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo in the Jules Stewart directed (Twilight Star Kristen Stewart's mom) film K-11. And staying busy with his at-risk student scholarship program The Look At Me Now Foundation.
OGDEN, Utah – Low-income, pregnant women in the Weber County area soon will have a new service when the March of Dimes Teddy Bear Den opens Nov. 13. The public is invited to the grand opening from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Midtown Community Health Center (2240 Adams Ave., Ogden) where they are encouraged to bring a new baby item to help stock the shelves of the den.
The March of Dimes Utah Chapter has partnered with Weber State University’s Professional Business Leaders (PBL) Chapter to bring the service to Weber County area residents in hopes that one day all babies will be born healthy.
“We are excited to partner with the WSU PBL Chapter to open the second Teddy Bear Den outside of Salt Lake City,” said Julie Drake, director of program services for the March of Dimes Utah Chapter. “The WSU PBL Chapter saw the need to help pregnant and mothering women in their community and wanted to improve the health of babies.”
The Teddy Bear Den, a March of Dimes community-based prenatal health program, is designed to promote healthy behaviors during pregnancy. Teddy Bear Den clients earn points toward incentives, such as diapers and baby clothes, by attending prenatal care appointments, making healthy lifestyle choices during pregnancy, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping well-baby appointments and signing up for appropriate social services. The mothers can then redeem those points at the Teddy Bear Den.
Weber State student members of the PBL Chapter have worked for more than a year to bring the program to Northern Utah. “This project has given students an opportunity to work more closely with area high schools and businesses in the community to gain their support,” said Laura Anderson, WSU PBL advisor. “What I love most about this project are the many ways people can contribute to the Teddy Bear Den.”
Students in the nursing program as well as Spanish majors collaborated with the PBL members to work with the Midtown Community Health Center to address the needs of its clients.
Each group of students has responsibilities related to areas of study: PBL students contacted area businesses for donations, wrote grants and coordinated logistics. Nursing students will work at the Teddy Bear Den and interact with clients. Spanish majors are translating promotional materials and providing translation for Spanish-speaking clients at the den. At least six Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters in area high schools are collecting items for the den. High school students are holding community baby showers, diaper drives and fund-raisers. Students at Northridge High have been strong supporters of the project, and proceeds of their annual “Mr. Northridge” pageant will purchase material for baby blankets.
Women can participate in the program throughout their pregnancy and continue until their babies are 1 year old. Women enroll in the program through their healthcare provider and referring agencies, such as Weber-Morgan Health Department and Women Infants and Children offices.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter of a million middle school, high school and college students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The organization also has a professional division for businesspeople, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators and parents who support the goals of the association. The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career-development programs.
Presented During Hispanic Heritage Month, Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award Given to Daphne Dominique
(HISPANIC.COM) Miami, FL…November 4, 2013: Daphne Dominique, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep’s Assistant to the Principal and Choral Director has won the Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award. Presented each year during Hispanic Heritage Month, the award helps pay special tribute to those members of the Miami-Dade County Schools who have made significant contributions to promoting excellence in the education of the area’s Hispanic Students.
The awardees were honored at the 16th Annual Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award Ceremony on October 23, 2013 at the Hilton Miami Airport. This event is hosted each year by Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Fischler School of Education and Human Services and its Hispanic Advisory Board.
Daphne Dominique was born in Haiti and came to the United States in 1988. She and her husband have raised their family in Miami and both of their children graduated from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep. Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she has assisted her sister with caring for 2 nephews and niece who relocated to Miami – two attend and one graduated from ACND. She has worked at ACND as the Assistant to the Principal for 5 years ago.
“Mrs. Dominique has grown to be much more than an employee and has become a part of the very fabric of what ACND is all about – Family,” commented Douglas Romanik, ACND Principal. “She has served the multicultural families of ACND well over the years through the direction of our choral group the Knightingales, producing numerous dramatic and musical shows each year, and being a mentor to all students who encounter her goodwill and smiling face. Mrs. Dominique most importantly serves as ACND’s liaison with the Step Up For Students program guiding families through the process so that they can afford a Catholic education.”
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6 to 12 Prep offers Spanish for native speakers and non-speaking students as well as an Advance Placement college credit course. ACND strives to instill in their students an appreciation and respect for other cultures while giving them a firm grasp in communicative skills that will serve them in real-life situations.
More information about ACND’s programs can be found at www.acnd.net.
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Hispanic.com (October 28, 2013) OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University and the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs will host the statewide Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the theme “Preparing for the Real World.”
“Our initial goal was to bring 650 students to the university for this summit, but we increased the number to include several hundred more students who wanted to participate,” said Eulogio Alejandre, WSU’s Student 2 Student coordinator with Education Access & Outreach. “We had more than 920 students when we closed registration because we could not accommodate any additional students.”
“This summit supports the Governor’s ’66 by 2020’ initiative, that aims to have 66 percent of Utahns holding a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020,” said Claudia Nakano, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “I would also like to thank Judge Valdez for his leadership in inspiring youth, not only as a senior juvenile judge, but with his life story as well.”
Designed for multicultural seventh through 12th grade students interested in learning about accessing higher education, the conference offers workshops, counseling and guidance programs to help students prepare for college. Breakout sessions will include college readiness and preparation, leadership development, cultural and diversity awareness, financial aid and scholarship availability and opportunities for students to meet current WSU student leaders. The keynote speaker, 3rd District Juvenile Court Judge Andrew Valdez, will address students along with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and WSU President Charles Wight.
Alejandre said college students who are first generation, low income or ethnic minorities often lack knowledge about admissions, enrollment, federal financial aid applications and scholarship availability.
“Typically these students are not well enough connected to find jobs in our society; therefore, we encourage them to network and get to know current college students, faculty and staff,” Alejandre said. “We have gifted and talented students in these three targeted groups who will be great college students and community leaders in the future. All they need is information.”
This year’s summit is a collaboration with the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit, the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts and WSU’s 19th Annual Multicultural Youth Conference in support of Governor Gary Herbert’s “66 by 2020” initiative to have 66 percent of Utahns hold post-high school degrees or certificates by 2020.