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EDYE is now available on the Roku platform in the U.S. and Latin America

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN offers Roku users exclusive premium content for preschool children and parents as of July 9th on the EDYE APP

Brooklyn, NY. July 9, 2021 – HITN-TV announced an agreement with Roku to include EDYE’s educational entertainment programming in the U.S. and Latin America*. EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD subscription service designed for preschool children and their parents. This partnership allows Roku users to access over 70 preschool series from top animated content producers from around the world, anytime and anywhere, offering more than 2,500 episodes along with interactive parent guides that create learning opportunities for families to spend quality time together.

EDYE is committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high-quality content carefully selected and developed by distinguished psychologists, pediatricians, and educators.

We are so happy that EDYE’s content will be included on the Roku platform, which will allow EDYE, Ray, and all his friends like Pocoyo, Polly Pocket, Maya the bee, and Sarah and Pato to reach more families and children in the U.S. and Latin America with our educational and entertainment content,” said Maximiliano Vaccaro, VP of Digital Services at HITN. He added, “Through this partnership, we are strengthening our growth strategy in the region and promoting additional ways of enjoying precious time with the little ones.

As of today, Roku users will be able to download EDYE through The Roku Channel Store to enjoy premium content in Spanish. Roku will also feature EDYE in their Mexico blog to promote the new app and boost engagement for children and the whole family.

*Edye is available on the Roku platform in the U.S, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Mexico.

For more information, visit edye.com

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family.  It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico).  Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV, and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high-quality content carefully selected and developed by distinguished psychologists, pediatricians, and educators.  Children and parents can find over 70 preschool series from top animated content producers from around the world, bringing together more than 2,500 episodes along with interactive games, books, and parent guides. EDYE is available in the US on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV, and ROKU. EDYE is available on Claro Video throughout Latin America. For more information, visit:  https://edye.com/  Follow EDYE on Instagram and Facebook

HITN and DirectTV Puerto Rico Reach Carriage Deal

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN offers DIRECTV viewers in Puerto Rico HITN-TV’s educational and entertainment content by joining DIRECTV Puerto Rico’s platform since March 1st

Brooklyn, NY. March 24, 2021 – HITN TV announced an agreement with DIRECTV Puerto Rico to include HITN-TV’S extensive cultural, educational and entertainment programming in Puerto Rico. This partnership will allow DIRECTV Puerto Rico access to high-quality Spanish language content as of March 1st, 2021 on channel 764.

“We are thrilled that HITN TV’s content will be included on DIRECTV Puerto Rico, which will allow HITN-TV to reach more families with our educational and entertainment content”, said, Eric Turpin, General Manager at HITN. He added, “Through this partnership, we are strengthening our growth strategy on the island.”

“At DIRECTV we are committed to bringing the best entertainment experience to our subscribers by bringing valuable content to their homes for the whole family” said, Belkys Mata, AVP Sales Operations DIRECTV Puerto Rico.

HITN is a leading Spanish-language media network dedicated to advancing the educational, cultural, and socio-economic aspirations of the Hispanic community through the development and distribution of quality, authentic content on television, online, and in the community.

HITN’s content will also be available for DIRECTV Puerto Rico’s subscribers through the digital app HITN GO. DIRECTV Puerto Rico subscribers will be able to enjoy hundreds of hours of HITN-TV content, from educational programs to first rate nature and science documentaries, and health and wellness content. The HITN GO app can be downloaded from Apple’s App store, Google Play, Apple TV and Roku services.

For more information, visit https://hitn.tv/

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Puerto Rican Peoples Day Parade

42nd Annual Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade Goes Virtual With a Call for Census Participation

By HITN

Chicago Latinos will be able to celebrate one of their most important cultural events with a virtual parade on June 20 from Paseo Boricua.

Brooklyn, NY – The Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade is going to look and feel a little different this year as the celebration goes virtual to keep the community safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and HITN-TV have joined forces to commemorate the 42nd edition of this popular parade on June 20 with an online rendition that will celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and culture in Chicago.

In this time of the COVID-19 epidemic, and these trying moments in the struggle for social and racial justice, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is honored to present, in partnership with HITN, our virtual 42nd Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade. As we celebrate the rich legacy of our cultural roots through our music and our art, we will also promote the making of our collective aesthetics as exemplified with the historical markers of the 25th Anniversary of our Flags of Steel and the 20th Anniversary of our national museum- the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, among other historical achievements,” stated José E. López, Executive Director at PRCC.

A longstanding tradition that celebrates cultural pride and awareness, the parade recognizes Puerto Ricans’ historical impact in the heart of Chicago’s Humboldt Park community. This special virtual presentation will also be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, the 20th anniversary of the Humboldt Park Public Library in Troy, the 15th anniversary of the UrbanTheater Company, and the 15th anniversary of Muévete.

Amidst the festive atmosphere, this year, in particular, organizers are making a special call to the entire Latino community residing in Chicago to participate in the 2020 Census, reiterating the importance of being counted to ensure accurate representation at every level of government to have an active voice and influence in the changes and policies that affect minority communities the most.

The parade will be streamed live on HITN.TV/PARADE and PRCC-CHGO.ORG on Saturday, June 20, from 2 pm to 3 pm CDT.

The virtual parade will feature remarks from State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), State Representative Delia C. Ramirez (D-Chicago), Jessie Fuentes, Co-Chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda, Dr. Jesus Hernandez Burgos, Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Public Health Initiatives, Roberto Maldonado, alderman of the 26th Ward of the city of Chicago, and Billy Ocasio, Executive Director of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

State Senator Omar Aquino commented, “I whole heartedly join in on the celebration of the 42nd Parade of the Puerto Rican People. This celebration fills me with joy. Growing up in this Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago, and as its Senator, I want to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the installation of the two largest steel flags in the world, which shape our dear Paseo Boricua. This celebration for me, constitutes an act that fills me with joy, since I am the son of this Puerto Rican neighborhood of Chicago, and as its Senator I want to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the installation of the two largest steel flags in the world, which frame our dear Paseo Boricua.

And he adds, “At the same, I also wish to congratulate the foundation of the only Puerto Rican Museum in the United States, the National Puerto Rican Museum of Art and Culture on its Twelfth Anniversary. I want to urge everyone to fill out the 2020 Census. If, you don’t get counted in the 2020 Census, you don’t count!

State Representative (Assemblywoman) Delia Ramirez says, “I am Delia Ramírez and I am extremely proud to represent the 4th District of the State of Illinois, the district with the highest concentration of Puerto Ricans. I stand in solidarity with the Puerto Rican people and as such, I am co-author of a bill that would preserve and maintain the cultural preservation district called Puerto Rico Town, which encompasses the area of Division Street from Western Ave to Kostner Ave. This would not only help promote business and commerce, but also put an end to the displacement of our people.” She adds, “Celebrate this virtual 42nd Parade of the Puerto Rican People broadcast with me. If you don’t get counted in the 2020 Census, you don’t count!
There will be performances and special appearances from AfriCaribe, Ivelisse “Bombera de Corazón” Díaz, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, UrbanTheater Company, Miss Universo Latina Plus 2019, Valeria Méndez, and the Miss Gay Puerto Rico Organization.

The parade will begin at the Roberto Clemente Community Academy and will continue at Nellie’s Restaurant, Ciclo Urbano, Papa’s Cache Sabroso, Esmeralda Lounge, AfriCaribe, Supermercado Municipal, Barberia Luquillo, ComEd, Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, SBDC at PRCC Humboldt Park, La Casita de Don Pedro Albizu Campos, La Plena Restaurant, UrbanTheater Company, Humboldt Park Youth Employment Program, Café Colao, Curramba Colombian Restaurant, El Rescate, Jayuya Barber Shop, La Bruquena, Yauco Food & Liquor Store, PRCC Health Services, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, Humboldt Park Vocational Educational Center/Wright College, Latin American Motorcycle Association, and Norwegian American Hospital. The virtual tour will culminate in the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

On Sunday, June 21, at 10AM, HITN-TV will broadcast the special program Tú Cuentas en Chicago presented by Gerson Borrero that will feature performances, prerecorded content, and interviews with elected officials. During the one-hour special there will also be a tour of the history and culture of Humboldt Park, highlighting the historical collaboration for the development of the Puerto Rican and Mexican communities settled in this area of Chicago threatened by gentrification. Chicago residents can tune in via Comcast 647, DIRECTV 461, DISH 880, and U-verse 3055. The show will be broadcast in Puerto Rico via Liberty Cable.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Voces del futuro repeat

HITN Repeats the “Voces del Futuro” Special, on How to Help Parents Talk with Their Children about Racism

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN has decided to repeat this important program, in light of the current charged environment in the US, in which various experts talk about the power of education, unity, and racial tolerance, to support Spanish-speaking families.

Brooklyn, New York – HITN, through its HITN TV network, and with the support of its educational division HITN Learning, will repeat the special Voces del Futuro, an original program that provides resources, information, and valuable guidance on how to talk to younger generations about discrimination and racism. The special will air on HITN-TV on June 20 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

Voces del Futuro’ is a special program, which addresses the issue of racism from the perspective of education and shows how parents can be active agents of change by setting an example and teaching their children. Hosted by Well- known TV presenter Alfonso (Poncho) de Anda, under the executive production of Laura Masnatta, the program brings together a group of guest experts in education and family relations, who speak frankly and directly about racial diversity, identity, and tolerance, and about bilingualism.

Lina Acosta Sandaal, psychotherapist and founder of Stop Parenting Alone, is the main panelist. During the program, she repeatedly emphasizes the importance of education in the home: “The change in our society starts in our homes. The only way to change the future is by modeling a different future at home today,” she says. And she adds, “It’s important that from a very early age we talk with our children about the problems and dangers of racism. We have to talk about differences. Just having the option of not talking about these things is an example of the privilege that some people have.

Another guest on the program is Maria Alvarez, Vice President of Common Sense Latino, who discusses resources that parents can use, such as books and movies. As she notes, “It’s not just about having a diversity of authors. It’s also about diversity of stories and diversity of viewpoints, which enrich our children by helping them be more tolerant and more respectful.” She even mentions the use of videogames, which she does not consider herself a fan of, because in her opinion, they are full of stereotypes. Nonetheless, she recognizes that it’s hard to keep children from playing them. Regarding videogames, she advises parents, “Let’s play with our kids and talk with them about what they’re seeing, to use these stereotypes as a platform to have these conversations, difficult as they may be. We need to talk with our kids about them.

Voces del Futuro’ also discusses one of the most important issues for the Hispanic community in the United States, which is bilingualism. In this regard, panelist Dina Castro, a professor at the University of North Texas, says that bilingualism gives us the power to “connect with culture, to develop positive self-esteem, and to stay emotionally and psychologically healthy.” During the program, Castro recognizes the many challenges faced by bilingualism in U.S. society today. As she notes, “One form of racism is precisely the lack of access and support for bilingualism in our community. If they take it away from us, we are not complete. We are not allowed to develop. This is a form of oppression and a form of racism.

To explain in depth why racism persists in this way in the United States, ‘Voces del Futuro’ also presents the expert opinion of Professor Mario Murillo, Vice-Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University in New York, who talks about the historical roots of the problem: “Until 1865 this country was built on slavery. And afterward, it lasted for almost another 100 years when slavery was not in force but existed in other forms.” He adds, “It’s important to take action, because if we don’t work actively on the issue of racism, and fight against it, there’s never going to be significant change.

Voces del Futuro’ retransmission will be air on HITN TV on June 20 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Alzheimers Association

HITN TV and Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter Join Forces in a Public Service Campaign

By HITN

The campaign, featuring Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams highlights the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on black and Hispanic communities

Brooklyn, NY – HITN TV, in collaboration with The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter announced today the launch of a new public service campaign, featuring Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The campaign video, which is available in English and Spanish, highlights Alzheimer’s disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities and encourages all viewers to call the Alzheimer’s Association nationwide, 24/7 Helpline if they or someone they love is experiencing memory problems. HITN will add the educational video to its programming grid to inform Spanish-speaking audiences on June 15 in recognition of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

The COVID-19 pandemic did not put other public health crises on hold – but it has laid bare how these health crises disproportionately affect communities of color. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects a significant number of Black and Hispanic New Yorkers, and it also takes a significant emotional toll on the loved ones of people suffering from this disease. I am proud to have partnered with HITN TV and The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter on this important public awareness campaign to ensure those living with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones can weather these difficult times,” said Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President.

The majority of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are over age 65, putting them at the highest risk for complications from COVID-19,” said Christopher Smith, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. “Living with Alzheimer’s or providing care for someone with the disease is always challenging, but COVID-19 has forced all affected to quickly recalibrate. We are committed to raising awareness and making sure everyone knows the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help, especially in the communities that are most impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia. We thank Borough President Adams for using his voice to help the Alzheimer’s Association to increase concern and awareness around this important issue.

HITN continues to dedicate resources and take actions to support the Spanish-speaking community in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.

According to the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report, older African Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites. Some studies indicate Latinos are about one and one-half times more likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias. African Americans and Latinos are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the later stages of the disease, when individuals are more cognitively and physically impaired and therefore, are in need of more medical care. Worldwide over 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease making it the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed.

The Alzheimer’s Association remains available and accessible during this difficult time. For more information and to access local programs and services, call the nationwide, Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900. Receive help in your preferred language from a multi-lingual staff person or an interpreter service which accommodates more than 200 languages.

For more information and resources on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: https://www.hitn.org/covid-resources/.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Virtual Bootcamp

High Schoolers Create a Brighter Future for Themselves by Playing Video Games

By HITN

HITN TV and UBEAT.TV host end-of-school-year virtual bootcamp giving high school students in underrepresented communities access to resources and educational sessions from an impressive roster of top industry experts. Event to be live streamed globally on hitn.org

Brooklyn, NY – Video games are no longer just about aliens and monsters. Modern games range from sports to life simulation to educational games used as learning tools. They have made their way into classrooms and, most recently, with the COVID-19 pandemic seen record-breaking numbers in popularity among young people. Understanding the immense impact the esports movement is having among the younger demographics and the need for more accurate representation in both race and gender in this space, HITN-TV and UBEAT.TV have joined forces to bring a virtual Super Smash Bros competitive Bootcamp to high school students in Chicago’s most diverse communities.

Hosted over video conference, this immersive 2-day esports Bootcamp will use a combination of structured mock tournaments and sessions led by a diverse roster of top industry experts to give students the chance to refine their skills with hands-on experience as well as receive guidance, educational tips and valuable insights on what it takes to become a professional esports gamer.

Created with the objective of promoting inclusivity and giving female players and youth of color the tools to excel in competitive esports environments, this virtual event will feature the unique perspectives of leading female and minority voices in the space. Recent studies have shown a growing interest from the Latino market in both purchase and expansion of video game systems, a growth that the industry has begun to notice.

According to Simmons, Latinos are 32 percent more likely than non-Latinos to consider video games their main source of entertainment. In addition, Latinos are 54 percent more likely to buy a video game the day it’s released. Consequently, an emerging generation of millennial women of color are carving out a space for themselves in the world of esports. These Bootcamp events are providing gamers opportunities to build a network of support organizations that are also aimed at facilitating, encouraging, and training aspiring female gamers of color to reach new heights in the industry.

The Bootcamp will be hosted by TV host and gaming expert Adesina Sanchez, Danny Pena of Gamertag Radio, and Erin Simon of Cheddar Esports. Special educational sessions will be offered by recognized industry professionals including Alex Mendez, professional esports commentator of “The Titan Games”; Hector Sanchez, Head of Epic Games Publishing; esports host and reporter MalikForté, AidaMarquetti, Chief of Staff at 368 NYC; Claudia Rodriguez, League & Tournament Organizer for ASTROgaming; and Zane Bhansali, segment producer at Cheddar Esports and expert in Super Smash Bros.

Hector Sanchez comments on the opportunities that gaming has provided. “Growing up as a Puerto Rican in Humboldt Park, I would never have dreamed that gaming would be the vehicle that gave me an opportunity to see the world. I look forward to sharing a bit of that journey to hopefully inspire our most important natural resource, our youth.”

The six high schools participating in the Bootcamp include: Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Aspira, Inc of Illinois, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, Steinmetz College Prep and Albert G. Lane High School.

All the participating clubs will have the opportunity to put the skills they learned in the Bootcamp to the test in a final competition. Esports clubs of up to 20 students will represent each school.

The winning club will receive a complimentary dinner for their team.

To join the bootcamp live, please visit: https://www.hitn.org/hitn-live-streaming/

About UBEAT
UBEAT (Mediapro Group) is an eSports and entertainment multiplatform responsible for distributing LVP competitions and new entertainment formats to new audiences, including “Hoy No Se Sale”, “Todo Mal” and “Ubeat Crew”, among others. UBEAT is a 24/7 television channel with more than 4,000 hours of live national and international competitions and an OTT platform offering live and VOD content, tailoring user experience individually with personalized content and design as well as innovative and interactive functionalities, such as offline mode for viewing content without an Internet connection or the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature providing viewers with a second screen on their monitors. UBEAT is available online at (ubeat.tv), via mobile app and on all major pay TV operators in Spain (Movistar, Orange, beINCONNECT, Telecable, Euskatel and R) and Latin America (Sky and Movistar Play).

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Voces del futuro

HITN Presents “Voces del Futuro” Helping Parents Talk to Kids about Racism

By TV & DIGITAL

This on-air special brings together various experts who will discuss the power of education, unity, and compassion to help Spanish Speaking families talk to their children about respect and tolerance.

Brooklyn, NY HITN, through its Television Network HITN TV, and with the support of its educational division, HITN Learning announced the special ‘Voces del Futuro, an original program that will provide resources, information and valuable guidance on how to speak to the youngest generations about discrimination and the social impact of current events. ‘Voces del Futuro will be overseen by HITN’s Executive Producer Laura Masnatta. Alfonso (Poncho) de Anda, a well-known TV personality, will be the moderator of the one-hour program, which will be broadcast on HITN-TV this Monday, June 8 at 9:00PM Eastern/Pacific.

In the past week, the voices of thousands of young people have been heard throughout the United States calling for systemic change and equality. In keeping with its mission to inform and educate the Hispanic community, HITN shares this special content through Voces del Futuro to offer resources that may help Spanish-speaking parents initiate a conversation with their children to discuss topics related to diversity, racism, and tolerance, while also fostering a culture of mutual respect at home and for future generations.

Leading the group of experts in this discussion will be Lina Acosta Sandaal, a psychotherapist and development expert as well as founder of Stop Parenting Alone, a parenting education and consultation program in Miami, FL. Lina is a human development expert for Telemundo’s national broadcasts and consultant for MomsRising, an advocacy group for family rights in our nation’s capital. Her mission is for all parents to fall in love with their parenting journey She notes, “As parents, we must remember that the topics of justice and social difference are always present in our home; in fact, racism is among the top three topics that parents find uncomfortable to tackle. We have the responsibility to guide and educate our children about these topics. By being specific about our beliefs and principles, we can guide them and mold the personality of those who will create change in our society.

The program will feature Maria Alvarez, Vice President of Common-Sense Latino. Common-Sense Latino is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information, education, and the independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. “Media plays an important role in the parenting experience,” states Alvarez. “We have to be more thoughtful about the content we pick for our kids when little, and leverage the messages in movies, streaming shows, and books when they are older. Media offers great opportunities to reinforce our values, combat racism and have meaningful conversations around these topics with our kids.

The discussion will also feature Dina Castro, a Professor and Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education, University of North Texas. Dr. Castro is a researcher and teacher educator, and serves in the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Her research focuses on equity and quality in the early care and education of bilingual children from immigrant and indigenous communities. She has designed and evaluated professional development for teachers of bilingual children, investigated childcare decisions among immigrant families, and developed measures of quality and second language acquisition for classrooms serving bilingual children.

Dina adds, “The rejection to our language and culture, is a form of racism to the Hispanic community which translate into less bilingual programs and opportunities. If we develop a strong sense of identity and self-confidence, we are better prepared to show empathy and respect for people of all races and those victims of racism.

Joining Lina, Maria, Poncho and Dina in this important conversation is Professor Mario A. Murillo, Dean of Communications and Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Hofstra University in New York, who will discuss issues of biculturalism and identity that college students face.

Voces Del Futuro is a conversation that opens the doors to future generations with positive messages of hope, respect and a mutual understanding to respect all communities countering all forms of intolerance and social injustice.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Facebook Live - HITN Learning

Nurturing Mom’s Resilience Staying Positive During a Crisis

By LEARNING

 As a mom, you likely carry so many burdens during difficult times such as these.

You may feel exhausted, stressed, and go through many emotions that are sometimes hard to handle and understand.

Are you looking for ways to better cope with the crisis we’re facing?

We invite you to a special bilingual Facebook Live discussion dedicated to our moms with Dr. Lorea Martinez, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialist, who will give us valuable tips on how to nurture resilience and keep a positive attitude— especially now when we need it the most.

Join us Wednesday at 6:00 pm EST / 3:00 pm PT discussion and have your questions ready. She will be answering in English and Spanish!

Go to Facebook Live

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

2020 Census Essay Writing Contest

HITN Announces New Submission Date for ¡Tú Cuentas! 2020 Census Essay Writing Contest

By LEARNING

HITN-TV, the leading national Spanish-language media network, CUNY, and Schneps Media announced a new submission date for the ¡Tú Cuentas! 2020 Census Essay Writing Contest, an initiative created for fourth-grade students who attend schools located within the five boroughs of New York City, and designed to raise awareness of the need for children to be counted in the 2020 Census, with a specific focus on maximizing the participation of families in the city’s hard-to-count communities.

WHAT: Tu Cuentas! 2020 Census Essay Writing Contest
WHO: After the closures of New York City schools, HITN, CUNY, and Schneps Media postponed the original essay submission date for the school contest. Today, the partners have announced the new submission date will be Monday, April 27, 2020
WHEN: April 27, 2020
WHERE: For more information and updates send an email to CensusEssay@hitn.org

¡Tú Cuentas! 2020 Census Essay Writing Contest, an initiative created for fourth-grade students who attend schools located within the five boroughs of New York City, and designed to raise awareness of the need for children to be counted in the 2020 Census, with a specific focus on maximizing the participation of families in the city’s hard-to-count communities.

The students who participate in the essay contest will write about the importance of being counted and how it will directly impact them, and their communities. One winner from each school will be selected to represent their school, and the borough in which they live, in this citywide competition. The citywide
winners will then compete online for the title of HITN NYC Student Census Ambassador.

About Schneps Media: Schneps Media is a multi-platform media company. Our Hispanic Media Group includes the award-winning newspapers Noticia, El Correo NY, and noticiali.com, with a weekly reach of 70,000 readers. For over two decades, Noticia and El Correo’s comprehensive coverage of local issues has earned the trust of our communities from Manhattan to Riverhead.

About CUNY: The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university, a transformative engine of social mobility that is a critical component of the lifeblood of New York City. Founded in 1847 as the nation’s first free public institution of higher education, CUNY today has seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges and seven graduate or professional institutions spread across New York City’s five boroughs, serving 500,000 students of all ages and awarding 55,000 degrees each year. CUNY’s mix of quality and affordability propels almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all the Ivy League colleges combined. More than 80 percent of the University’s graduates stay in New York, contributing to all aspects of the city’s economic, civic and cultural life and diversifying the city’s workforce in every sector. CUNY’s graduates and faculty have received many prestigious honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes and 26 MacArthur “Genius” Grants. The University’s historic mission continues to this day: provide a first-rate public education to all students, regardless of means or background.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv