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Mundo Salvaje Live! in Africa with Ron Magill

By HITN

Ron Magill en vivo desde SudáfricaThis morning HITN produced a very successful live educational transmission directly from the Kwantu Wildlife Reserve in South Africa conducted by Ron Magill and Laura Masnatta. The live feed provided children in Puerto Rico with the opportunity to ask Ron and Laura questions about the animals and their habitats.

The Department of Education in Puerto Rico (DEPR) invited all the schools in the island to participate and, at this time, we have confirmed that we had over 300 individual video connections. The DEPR facebook page also had 455 shares posted by teachers for the connection link. We will receive a final report soon from the DEPR detailing the actual number of schools and children that participated.

This educational transmission happened as part of HITN’s production of Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill (Season 2) that Laura is directing this week in South Africa.
We would like to extend an enormous and heartfelt thanks to everyone that made this possible – especially to Laura Masnatta, and to Max Vaccaro and his wonderful team who developed, in record-time, a robust platform that the schools were able to use for the connection which had the capability of working from the middle of the African prairie.

We want this to be the first of many live educational transmission events to come. We are enthusiastic about finding new ways to bring our most exciting content directly into the schools where it can help make an impact in the lives of children.

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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with HITN Learning and Cleo & Cuquin at Barnes & Noble

By LEARNING

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun afternoon of family activities including storytelling, arts and crafts for preschoolers, face-painting, giveaways, prizes, and play with our award-winning Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun math kits and app. We will also provide access to important information and insights about raising our little ones to not only learn to embrace our cultura, but also our language.

Meet renowned bilingual education advocate and TEDx speaker Dr. Mariana Díaz-Wionczek, a Hispanic mom, researcher, and academic who will provide valuable tips on how to raise bilingual children in today’s multicultural world. 

Raising Bilingual Children in a Multicultural World” is a series of events brought to you by HITN Learning and will be presented at select Barnes & Noble bookstores during September and October.

We hope to see you there!

Locations, date and time:

Sat, September 21, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Del Amo
Gateway Shopping Center
810 West Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025

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Sun, September 22, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Eastlake
Otay Ranch Town Center
2015 Birch Road Suite 700
Chula Vista, CA 91915

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Sat, September 28, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St
New York, NY

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Sun, September 29, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Park Slope
267 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Sat, October 5, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Fountains at Farah
8889 Gateway Blvd W, Ste 120
El Paso, TX 79925

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Sun, October 6, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Palms Crossing
3300 Expressway 83, # 1100
McAllen, TX 78501

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Sat, October 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Barnes & Noble West Kendall
12405 N Kendall Dr
Miami, FL 33186

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About Dr. Mariana Díaz-Wionczek

Dr. Diaz-Wionczek is a children’s media consultant and advisor. She partners with organizations who strive to have a positive impact on children’s lives through high-quality media and technology experiences. She uses extensive experience, knowledge and expertise in child psychology, cognitive development, bilingual education, transculturalism and diversity & inclusion to help develop and produce quality content that resonates with all children.

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

HITN at Barnes & Noble

HITN and Barnes & Noble Kick off Free Fun Family Events to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage all Month Long!

By LEARNING

This past weekend, HITN Learning, a division of HITN kicked off the first of a month-long series of Hispanic Heritage Month events in San Diego, CA titled Raising Bilingual Children in today’s multicultural world at select Barnes & Noble locations.

These family fun events took place in heavily Hispanic populated areas in order to raise awareness on this important topic. Families enjoyed a fun afternoon, learning from renowned bilingual educational expert and TEDx speaker Dr. Mariana Diaz-Wionczek, who provided valuable tips on the benefits of raising bilingual children.
Children enjoyed storytelling, arts and crafts for preschoolers, face painting, giveaways and prizes. These events are free and open to the public.
For more information on the next events go to: https://www.hitn.org/hispanic-heritage-month/

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

HITN and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and Culture Come together to Commemorate Maria, Celebrate Raíces

HITN and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and Culture Come together to Commemorate Maria, Celebrate Raíces

By HITN

Last Thursday evening, September 19, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) hosted it’s 6th Annual Raíces Gala and had the pleasure of convening new and returning sponsors, Board Members, National Advisory Council Members, honorees, community members, and more. It was a night of celebration! This year, NMPRAC honored literary genius Esmeralda Santiago and actor and activist Jimmy Smits with the 2019 Ceiba Awards. Their acceptance remarks and overall humility were truly inspiring and reinforced how deserving these laureates were to have received this national award.

NMPRAC also recognized Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez and the Roldan Family (Paul, Ida, and Celena) with The Reyes Magos awards for their tireless work in community service. The Museum partnered with The Flamboyan Arts Fund to award the “Resilience through the Arts” for the first-time to two Puerto Rican artists in residence at Northwestern University, which included a grant for both recipients.

A special shout out to the The Miracle Center, which performed a number from it’s latest musical, In the Heights, on the eve of their opening night. NMPRAC supporter and NBC Chicago anchor Zoraida Sambolin, served as master of ceremonies for the evening.

HITN CEO and president Michael Nieves, a Gold Sponsor of the event, is thankful to everyone who also supported NMPRAC, it’s accomplishments, awardees, and were present to hear NMPRAC President and CEO Billy Ocasio describe its upcoming goals. NMPRAC exists to uphold and advocate for Puerto Rican cultural heritage and is consistently overwhelmed by—and thankful for—the support.

Save the Date! September 17, 2020 will mark the 7th Raíces Gala and the celebration of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture 20th Anniversary!

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

HITN Learning Executive Recognized for Leadership by the Digital Diversity Network

HITN Mourns the Passing of Its Esteemed Colleague and Friend Erica Branch-Ridley

By LEARNING

HITN Mourns The Passing Of Its Esteemed Colleague And Friend Erica Branch-Ridley

The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) acknowledges with great sadness the sudden passing, September 16, 2019, of Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President- Product Development for HITN Learning. HITN extends its deepest sympathy to Erica’s children, family, colleagues and friends during this sorrowful time.

Erica was a two-time children’s Emmy Award-winning producer who joined HITN in 2013 following a career with CBS News, Black Entertainment Television, Viacom (Nickelodeon, TV Land), and Sesame Workshop. Her first three years at HITN she spent as co-leader of the development of a system of bilingual transmedia resources for Hispanic preschool children under a $30 million U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant. Following the release of the 16 Pocoyo Playset apps, which received Parents’ Choice and Kidscreen awards, she turned her attention to deriving a new line of bilingual preschool learning resources from the grant-funded work, now populated by the Latin legacy property called Cleo & Cuquin (YouTube, Netflix). Under her leadership the initial series of bilingual Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun! math learning kits and apps were released to extraordinarily positive consumer response. At the time of her death she was producing content for HITN Learning to make it the premier destination for parents of Hispanic preschoolers.

In these six years at HITN she applied her deep-seated beliefs in how to power interactive learning experiences across platforms, and bring meaningful diversity to both content and producer staffs. She led from the heart as well as the brain, and had that special power of making everyone around here believe that impossible tasks were possible if everyone respected and demanded excellence from each other.

Our beloved colleague and friend is survived by 3 children, Nya, Olivia and Jonathan Ridley, for which a GoFundMe education fund has been created in order to support and further their education through these difficult times.  If you wish to make a donation, click on the button below. Your generosity is most welcome and appreciated.

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

Representative Minnie Gonzalez Provides Back-to-School Supplies to Students in Need

Representative Minnie Gonzalez and HITN Provide Back-to-School Supplies to Students in Need

By HITN

Donations Help Students in Hartford, CT Start School Year Off Right

Brooklyn, NY Representative Minnie Gonzalez of Hartford, CT hosted a back-to-school supply donation event in partnership with non-profit, Spanish-language media network HITN and other local sponsors to assist students and teachers to obtain the necessary supplies to start the 2019-20 school year off on the right foot.

As the new school year approaches, the National Retail Federation estimates families will spend an average of $674 on needed back-to-school supplies and clothing—an amount many low-income families can’t afford. A tireless advocate for the betterment of the Hispanic community of Hartford, Connecticut, Representative Gonzalez understands the importance of education as the foundation for a bright future in children’s lives and the backbone of an empowered community.

Children living in poverty start the school year at a great disadvantage facing challenges that inhibit their proper participation in classroom activities. It is vital that as a community we come together and equip them with the tools they need to learn and succeed. These donations will help to provide valuable resources to kids who couldn’t otherwise afford them, and this has an immense impact in their learning experience paving the way for a more productive and successful school year,” said Representative Minnie Gonzalez.

Donations go a long way in helping children from low-income families in the Connecticut metro area. “This helps the parents a lot because school supplies and backpacks are so expensive nowadays,” said Marilyn Mendez, a local parent and the school’s family coordinator.

It makes a huge difference,” said Ms. Omaris Journet, principal of Parkville Community School a Hartford school where almost all of its students qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program. “I don’t know what we would do without these groups helping us. These families don’t have that kind of discretionary funding.

HITN, the largest non-commercial Spanish-language network, is committed to help bridge the gap between what families can afford and what students need. Representative Gonzalez worked closely with the network to bring the school supplies donation to Parkville Community School. In addition to donating children’s backpacks, HITN also will equip the school with Internet hotspots for teachers to use in the classrooms and for parents to use at home.

We’re happy to be in Hartford supporting teachers, students and the community at large during this important time of the year. Underrepresented minority groups face unique challenges with scarce resources and limited access to basic educational supplies. Today’s donation will make a huge difference in the lives of many students looking forward and eager to learn on their first day of school,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.

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

STEM Fair To Students Of Toa Alta

Sen. Ríos and HITN Take STEM Fair to Students of Toa Alta

By HITN

About 500 students from the María C. Osorio School of Toa Alta participated in a STEM Fair promoted by the Senator Carmelo Ríos of Bayamón, PuertoRico and the Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network, a.k.a HITN. The event gave way to students learning about science, technology, robotics, and mathematics while doing activities that promoted creativity.

STEM fairs are a valuable tool to foster the creativity and ingenuity of our children and young people. Learning about these topics will be of great help to these students who will soon become the leaders of Puerto Rico. “As legislator and president of the National Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators (NHCSL), it is an honor to have the support of one of the largest television networks in the United States and led by Michael D. Nieves, a Puerto Rican committed to the well-being this island. Thanks to him and his team for joining this educational effort through which we will continue to impact more students in our District”, said the legislator.

For his part, Michael D. Nieves, president and CEO of HITN was pleased with the initiative and said that These STEM-based workshops real-life situations and are designed to help students learn, so we expect these activities will make a difference in the lives of students.

Lastly, the legislator read stories to pre-school students.

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

HITN’s President and CEO Listed as One Of Brooklyn’s Power 100

HITN’s President and CEO Listed as One Of Brooklyn’s Power 100

By HITN

City & State’s must-read list of the most powerful people in New York City has been a long- standing institution in New York. City & State reached out to insiders and experts to compile the list, ranking each person based on their record of achievements, economic influence, philanthropic efforts, the constituencies they represent and, of course, sheer political power.

On August 21st, at The Dumbo Loft on 155 Water Street in Brooklyn, City & State debuted a special reception gathering top brass from government, advocacy, academia, media, businesses, and beyond from the borough of Brooklyn. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a power broker in his Central Brooklyn District, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, both gave keynote remarks highlighting all that Brooklyn as a Borough offers the world. They both commented on Brooklyn as a political powerhouse, and not just in New York. The U.S. Senate Democratic Leader, Charles Schumer, lives in Park Slope. Top prosecutors from Brooklyn – U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, State Attorney General Letitia James and District Attorney Eric Gonzalez are also from Brooklyn.

Our very own Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN made the list and had the honor of introducing the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Mr. Nieves in his introduction highlighted the fact that “If Brooklyn was its own city, it would be the fourth largest City in America.

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

HITN Participates in City & State’s Education Summit

By HITN

On Thursday, August 15, 2019 HITN along with education policymakers and stakeholders, participated in City & State’s Education Summit at Baruch College. President and CEO of HITN, Mike Nieves introduced New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza who spoke about racially integrating the city’s public schools.

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

HITN joins 37th Annual Dominican Day Parade

HITN Joined In The Celebration At The 37th Annual Dominican Day Parade

By HITN

HITN joins 37th Annual Dominican Day ParadeThis year HITN proudly joined thousands of Dominicans to celebrate their heritage in the 37th Annual Dominican Day Parade. Families came out representing their culture dressed in their national flag colors of red, white, and blue.

The parade’s theme this year was “Our Youth, Our Future” in which they honored many trailblazers who have contributed to the Latino community through art, education, and leadership.

Talented artists such as Charytin Goyco, Emilio Sosa, and Felipe Lopez made appearances and took part in celebrating their culture by taking on the traditional roles of Godmother, Godfather, and Native Chief.

HITN staff was on hand to pass out premiums such as HITN hand fans during the festivities.

 

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