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31094There are almost 60 million Hispanic and Latinos living in America, and most of them are believing deeply in the ‘American Dream’. All of our grandparents and parents have come to this great country to pursue their own American Dream, and we all have followed right in their footsteps.

We left our families and our countries to find better lives for not only ourselves, but also for exactly the families we left behind. We all arrived with great dreams and the willingness to work hard to realize our goals.

Most of us have started their own new families in this country, and we also adopted lots of things from this land’s culture. Most of us have adapted to this nation’s typical way of life, but we also cherish and keep our own culture.

Our mindset has become more American, but our hearts remain Latino. There have actually been quite a few research studies that indicate that Latinos and Hispanics are far more optimistic, when it comes to believing that achieving our dreams is possible here, than non-Latinos. Our dreams may be different, though, than the dreams of non-Latinos.

In America you always hear that achieving the American Dream is about creating a better and safer future for their families, about building entrepreneurial businesses, and about having control over their destiny. But at the core of realizing the Latino American Dream has always been just their families’ future. All Hispanics and Latinos I know were telling me that creating a better and safer future for their families actually was the key (or sole) reason they were working so hard to be successful in this country. Continue Reading

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The Huffington Post, Univision/ABC, Fox, and NBC have all new news operations in English targeted at young Latinos. How has this new trend influenced the media landscape? In what news are these young Latinos interested? And how successful have these companies been?

univision-kgo-e1407364842305For more than five decades, Univision has been active in this field, and the organization is (according to Nielsen ratings) already commanding around 75% of Spanish-speaking TV audiences in America through various cable and broadcast channels. There have been numerous nights, that Univision’s ratings were far better than the major English-language American networks.

Univision now has teamed up with ABC News to roll out a new network aimed at Hispanics but with programs in English. Cesar Conde, responsible for Univision networks said recently that this merger marks a very fascinating point in the history of our country, and he couldn’t be more right.

Millennials are calling themselves Hispanic, they are identifying as Hispanic, but if they get to college and they get their news and information in English, they will not necessarily get the same information as they would through a Spanish-language news outlet. They would think differently if the news coverage directed to them came in Spanish, and would be about what it means to be Latino in America says Lopez.

There’s just no evidence yet to indicate or prove that the new Univision/ABC channel is going to be a winning concept, as the network has been appearing on the air too short, and is the accompanying website in English.

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images-12Nowadays, Hispanics outnumber the amount of African Americans in the United States by far, but more alarming is the fact that there are fewer Hispanics who are going to college than African Americans. You can find a huge number of Hispanic Americans that are not getting the education and learning they ought to get when you compare this to other minority groups.

Regrettably, many people and organizations state that financial obstacles are the most important reason for the fact that so many Hispanics are under educated!. Recent research and statistics have demonstrated that Hispanics don’t have as much access to grants and scholarships excluding them from all the benefits these great programs offer. This is the main reason they often do not receive  the education they so deeply desire.

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hispanic-college-grantsCollege scholarships for students from Hispanic origin are generally determined by the merits of applicants. On the other hand, you can find many programs that focus on uncovering solutions for the obstacles that students from Hispanic background are confronted with.

For example, Hispanic students can get specific support when it comes to scholarships. The most important source for many college scholarships is formed by government resources, and in the second place by private organizations.

When it comes to scholarship grants, there are mainly two different types available to Hispanics and other minority groups. The first type are scholarship grants for ethnic minorities that offer financial support determined by racial backgrounds for example grants for African Americans and Hispanics.

The most important objective of this kind of scholarships is to improve education and certain professional fields. The second type of scholarships is formed by non-ethnic minority grants that are specifically intended for those students who are physically inhibited, underprivileged, or who are restricted in seeking careers in education or professional market sectors. Continue Reading

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download-26In the United States, the expansion of the Hispanic population over the last decade has been bigger than ever before. Research indicates that people from Hispanic origin represent almost 15% of the entire US population, and this figure is expected to double in the years that lie ahead.

For this reason Hispanics were able to get a great deal of attention from nonprofit organizations and state and federal  authorities. These days, a good amount of financial support is provided to Hispanics available as scholarships, employment programs and educational programs.

Also the GED test, which grants the equivalent of a high school diploma, is offered in Spanish for individuals who have difficulty with English. However, the majority of Hispanic students choose a prep program and the test in English  because there are far more possibilities for holders of the English version GED diploma.

Lots of nonprofit organizations are taking enthusiastic initiatives to improve the  lives of Hispanics in America. For example, Hispanic College Fund (www.hispanicfund.org) and Hispanic Fund Institute (www.hsf.net) are two of the bigger players and provide several types of scholarships and grants to qualified students of Hispanic origin.

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635838380381786537-1225222232_journalismAre people getting the news from their preferred source, or in their preferred language? It depends on how you read this question, but in one way it is the sort of ‘chicken-or-egg’ question to what there likely is not a correct answer.

At a daylong event named ‘Investiguemos: Opportunities and challenges in bilingual and Spanish journalism’, organized by the Center for Investigative Reporting & Open Society Foundations, this question came up pretty often. The conversation that day was pretty far-reaching, but there were actually three key conclusions that emerged from this day.

1. Quality journalism education in the Spanish language is necessary if we want to be able to deal with the immense shortage of high-qualified native Spanish-speaking or bilingual reporters that are serving the countless Spanish-speaking/bilingual communities across the U.S., This is also crucial to set up a varied pool of (potential) reporters in environments where they may be contributing to journalistic or editorial innovations.

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