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Lansdowne, VA (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
LaPlaza.net, a non-profit website dedicated to building Hispanic prosperity, is launching “Success Stories,” a series of articles featuring Hispanics who have overcome personal adversity and hardship in pursuit of their education and career. The series will profile Hispanics who achieved great success and can serve as an inspiration for students who wonder if graduating from high school or getting a college degree is the way to guarantee a bright future.
Encouraging young Hispanics to succeed in school is central to LaPlaza.net’s goals of strengthening the Hispanic community. Currently, the high school drop out rate among that population is an alarming 41%. For those Hispanics that drop out of high school, only 1 in 10 acquires a GED. Career prospects are bleak for those without a high school diploma or its equivalent and can impact families for generations.
“Precisely because the statistics are alarming and anecdotal information discouraging, we want LaPlaza.net to highlight Hispanics who’ve overcome tough circumstances to build successful careers and give back to the community.” Said Nadja Giuffrida, CEO of Dextro, LLC and founder of Thinkers, a non profit devoted to disadvantaged minorities and parent company of LaPlaza.net. “It’s crucial for the U.S. economy and the Hispanic community to improve our high school and college graduation rates.”
The LaPlaza.net “Success Stories” are putting a special emphasis on Hispanics who have achieved influence and are using it to give back to the Hispanic/Latino community. The first profile in Success Stories is J. Fernando Barrueta, the son of Mexican immigrants who built Barrueta & Associates, a highly successful commercial real estate firm in Washington, D.C. Barrueta was also an early supporter of the Hispanic College Fund and served as their CEO and President for 10 years. According to Devaki Pedroza, Executive Director of Thinkers, “The wonderful thing about Mr. Barrueta’s story is that he built his career through persistence and hard work. Then, instead of simply retiring or continuing his for-profit career, he joined the Hispanic College Fund and raised millions of dollars for Hispanics who would otherwise not have gone to college.”
The forum format in LaPlaza.net encourages readers to post comments and questions for Mr. Barrueta’s response. LaPlaza.net is a nonprofit site dedicated to building Hispanic prosperity. Membership in LaPlaza.net is free of charge.