38-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 US-American city. Throughout his tenure, he has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum.
“Educational attainment is what we want to continue to stress to our youth in Cleveland, and Mayor Castro’s visit will help to reenergize our Hispanic community and underscore the importance of growing our economy,” said Magda Gómez, President, Hispanic Community Programs for the Hispanic Roundtable.
Castro delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the first Latino to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. He also spoke at President Obama’s inauguration in January.
In March 2010, Mayor Castro was named as one of the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.
Convención Hispana is spearheaded through the work of four volunteer-led committees focusing in the areas of education, empowerment, health, and workforce & economic development. The event serves as a vehicle for the collaboration of our Greater Cleveland Latino community organizations, partners and leaders, while promoting the mission of the Hispanic Roundtable.
“We invite not only Hispanics, but anyone in the broader community interested in Hispanic issues. Our doors are open,” says José C. Feliciano, Chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable. “We want to transform our community.”
The work of the Convención Hispana has helped the development of many organizations in the Latino community in Metro Cleveland, including: Esperanza, Inc. (a non-profit organization focused on Hispanic education issues), the Hispanic Business Association, the Hispanic Senior Center, the Latina Project at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, and the Hispanic Contractors Association.
As part of the education initiatives to encourage youth to attend college, there will be an essay contest for high school students with scholarship awards of up to $1000. In addition, community leadership awards will be presented with nominations coming from the community and the Convención Hispana process.
Convención Hispana is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.convencionhispana.org