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

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

By HITN

Donations helps students in Hartford, CT start the 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. Rios 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

HITN Soccer Team Debut in ZOGSPORTS

HITN Soccer Team Debut in ZOGSPORTS

By HITN

Wednesday evening, July 17th, was the grand debut of the HITN Soccer Team who participated in ZOGSPORTS Indoor Turf Soccer located at The Backyard in Williamsburg.

This is the first time in HITN’s history that the company has sponsored and organized a team of young and talented group of colleagues for any sport.

The tournament consists of 6 games competing against other companies for a money prize that will be donated to a charity of the winning team’s choice.

HITN proudly supports our team and wish them the best of luck at the upcoming games.

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 & Casa Cortes

HITN & Casa Cortés Foundation Kick Off Its 3rd Young Filmmakers Program

By HITN

15 youth participate in innovative digital cinematography program

San Juan, Puerto Rico – HITN, the leading. Spanish channel that offers educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million homes across the United States, has partnered for the 3rd year with the Casa Cortés Foundation and its Cortés Summer Workshops program aimed at children and young people with limited resources.

The Foundation offers these children and young people free workshops on drawing, painting, engraving, and mosaic art. The free digital cinematography worskshop, composed of 15 youth, is directed by HITN. HITN also loans the participants the latest iPads which utilize iMovie to capture and edit the projects.

The participants of the digital workshop between 11 and 19 years old arrive with great enthusiasm every day to learn about cinematography. For three consecutive weeks, these young people work hard to apply their acquired knowledge so that by the end of the workshop, they will have produced a short film.

This year our young people are determined to produce a short film that they can present at the Ponte Los Cortos competition. Last year they won the Jewel of the Festival award in addition to being nominated in three categories: Best Cinematography, Best Executive Production and Best Leading Actor. So this year they are determined to repeat the feat” said Yanira Meléndez, who in charge of the program, and Manager of Funded Initiatives for HITN Puerto Rico.

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 Co-Hosts Conversation with Oscar López Rivera

HITN Co-Hosts Conversation with Oscar López Rivera

By HITN

There was standing room only at The Blackbox Theater space at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 Monday evening, June 24, as Oscar López Rivera, former Puerto Rican political prisoner and Miguel Luciano, artist, conversed about a range of topics that included challenges and possibilities in post Maria Puerto Rico. The evening event followed the annual UN Decolonization Committee hearings, at which Oscar testified on the colonial status of Puerto Rico, as did other representatives of the independence movement.

HITN’s very own Gerson Borrero, interviewed Oscar outside the United Nations, and also later that afternoon, along with Miguel, at the artist’s latest public art installation, a series of large prints of Young Lords demonstrations by Hiram Maristany, at 111th and Lexington, the historic corner that was just re-named “Young Lords Way” in 2014, and the corner on which the “Peoples Church”, the church that was first taken over by the Young Lords in 1969 to provide free breakfast, clothing and other services to the community, is located.

The evening event was a wonderful back and forth dialogue with Luciano, who not only touched on topics relevant to Oscar’s 36-year incarceration, but also focused on questions the audience submitted via index cards before the event started. Questions such as: What made you happiest upon returning to Puerto Rico? What do you see as the biggest challenges in rebuilding Puerto Rico? What gives you hope?, completely engaged the audience, so much so, that there was an audible gasp when Miguel said, “and now for the last question…”. The evening ended with every audience member getting the opportunity to take a selfie with Oscar.

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 CEO Grand Marshall of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Peoples Parade

HITN CEO Grand Marshall of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Peoples Parade

By HITN

HITN CEO Grand Marshall of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Peoples Parade

Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN, served as a Grand Marshall for the 41st Puerto Rican Peoples Parade last Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Parade route, along Division Street from Western to Sacramento, was bookended by two historic educational and cultural institutions based in Paseo Boricua, Roberto Clemente Community Academy and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, both of which were founded as a result of the community’s drive for self-realization and actualization.

In another first, Humboldt Park community organizations came together to sponsor and coordinate the Daniel Ramos Puerto Rican Festival 2019. The Festival, named after the businessman and founder of the first festival, brought together community musical talent, food vendors, voter registration, a book, health and job fairs and movies in the park in a powerful display of community “can-do.

The Humboldt Park community also celebrated it’s Cacica and Cacique Coronation with the theme “This is Me” on Wednesday, June 12.

Fittingly the next day, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School also celebrated its graduation, with it’s most famous founder, Oscar López Rivera, present. (Click here to see pictures of the graduation and access to the speach).

Among the other Grand Marshalls were Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, JB Pritzer, Governor of the State of Illinois, both of whom were recently elected by wide margins. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Senator Iris Martinez, Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, City Clerk Anna Valencia, Puerto Rican patriot Oscar López Rivera, Congressional candidate “Rush” Darwish and Pedro Adorno y Agua, Sol y Sereno. Along with seven aldermen from the City:

  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado
  • Ald. Rosana Rodríguez
  • Ald. Felix Cardona Jr.
  • Ald. Carlos Ramírez Rosa
  • Ald. Daniel La Spata
  • Ald. Ariel Reboyras
  • Ald. James Gardiner

In spite of the drizzle that followed the parade, participants and spectators alike, led by José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, shouted their support and enthusiastically called out “Yo Soy Boricua, pa’ que tu lo sepas!”. Click here to see pictures of the parade.

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

The Puerto Rican Day Parade

HITN Celebrates Culture And Heritage At The Puerto Rican Day Parade

By HITN

HITN proudly joined tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans to celebrate the 62nd Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade this past Sunday, June 9th on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The parades’ theme, “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces,” or “One People Many Voices,” honored leaders, educators, artists, and celebrities who positively impacted our nation. The Parade, founded in 1958, is nationally recognized as the largest ethnic parade in the US, having surpassed the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade in the last decade.

This year the parade continued to promote economic development post-Hurricane Maria. Organizations such as Discover Puerto Rico encouraged business and leisure travel to Puerto Rico to reinforce ongoing recovery efforts. HITN staff and friends were on hand to pass out HITN premiums, such as fans, and tv guides. The event was one of the largest cultural pride and heritage celebrations for so many families and friends.

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

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