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Youth Empowerment

Youth Empowerment
Moderator:  Gisely Colon Lopez, Coordinator, Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors  Program, Centro (Storrs, CT)
Panelists:
Lisette Nieves, Coordinator, Muevete (NY, NY)
Alejandro Silva Diaz, Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (San Juan, PR)
Frederick Vélez III Burgos, Member, Stand UP for Puerto Rico (Washington, DC)

Gisely Colon Lopez

 

Lisette Nieves

Alejandro Silva Diaz

Frederick Vélez III Burgos


Gisely Colón-López received her bachelor of arts degree in Puerto Rican and Latino studies, with a minor in anthropology and archaeology, at this year's baccalaureate commencement ceremony, where she also gave the salutation before an audience of thousands.

"It feels like a dream I never realized was possible," said Colón-López, who was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. "It has been humbling to know how many people are excited for me." She is the first person in her immediate family to obtain a bachelor's degree. More...


Lisette Nieves


Alejandro Silva Diaz es Presidente de Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción y consultor independiente de emprendimiento. Su enfoque es el desarrollo de empresas sociales. Tiene una maestría en Emprendimiento Social del Hult International Business School en Londres, y un Bachillerato Independiente en "Tecnologías Cognitivas de los Medios" de Cornell University. Además, es columnista para El Nuevo Día Educador donde escribe acerca de temas de relevancia para la juventud. En su tiempo libre practica Jiu Jitsu Brasileño y hace turismo interno.


Frederick Vélez III Burgos