Verizon Named Hispanic Hero Corporation of the Year

Verizon named for Its Commitment to the Hispanic Community in the Area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE) has named Verizon this year’s Hispanic Hero Award Corporation of the Year.

Verizon is being recognized for its long-standing commitment and support of the Hispanic community.  That support includes funding this year’s first Latino/Black student STE(A)M Summit at Towson University on July 18-19 where rising high school juniors and seniors will learn about courses and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

“Over the last few years, Verizon has been one of USHYEE’s strongest supporters,” said USHYEE President Luis Borunda.  “Verizon has a strong commitment to the Latino community and Mario Acosta-Velez has been a tremendous advocate on so many levels.  We are proud of our association with such a great company and team player.”

USHYEE honored Verizon at the 7th Annual Hispanic Hero Gala in June at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, Md.  

“Verizon’s partnership with USHYEE is proof of our commitment to diversity and improving the way students learn in America,” said Acosta-Velez, Verizon’s director of state government affairs for the mid-Atlantic region.  “It’s clear that technology motivates students to learn about STEM fields and careers. 

“It’s important for our young people to understand that technical and scientific professions are so important in today’s society so that these students can start tailoring their school curriculums now,” Acosta-Velez added.  “And, who knows?  Maybe some of these young people will work for Verizon one day.”

USHYEE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation focused on the high school to college continuum for Hispanic youth and developing tomorrow's Hispanic leaders.  USHYEE was founded in 2004 to address the rising school dropout rates among Hispanic youth and to introduce high school youth to STEM and entrepreneurship as career options.