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Civic Organizations Rise to the Occasion to Help Puerto Rico

Civic Organizations Rise to the Occasion to Help Puerto Rico

By HITN

On January 21, Attorney José Hernández, HITN’s Director of Operations in Puerto Rico, participated in delivering supplies to people affected by the earthquake wave which shook the southern part of the island on January 6 and 7. The event consisted of visiting official shelters in the municipalities of Peñuelas and Guanica; as well as, several neighborhoods which were severely affected. Toiletries were handed out, along with food, diapers for children and adults, cleaning products, toilet paper, and disinfectants, among other things. HITN participated in the delivery along with the Ladies Civic Club of Puerto Rico, a private non-profit entity, with almost one hundred years in existence, dedicated to philanthropy activities, for the benefit of the neediest communities in the country.

Since December 28th, almost two thousand aftershocks of varying intensity have been felt and the effects in the southern municipalities is virtually constant. Thousands of people in the most affected villages are sleeping outdoors or in camping tents, because they are afraid of aftershocks which occur mostly at night. Authorities have ruled out that possibility through studies and statistics. Preliminarily, it has been estimated that there are around 7,470 homes and buildings that have totally and partially collapsed or are not safe to use.

As we did after Hurricane Maria, HITN is committed to the well-being of the population of Puerto Rico, and we always say, “Present!” to help when situations like the one currently affecting us occur. People from the rest of the country have extended themselves above and beyond with help for the residents of southern Puerto Rico. Now we have to address other problems that have arisen as a result of the situation, such as the impact on the mental health of the population. We will continue to help in the recovery of the country.

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

Annual Coat Drive

HITN, New York Cares and Brooklyn Navy Yard Companies warm up Brooklynites with Annual Coat Drive

By HITN

Brooklyn, NYHITN, (Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network) the first non- commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, partnered with New York Cares and Brooklyn Navy Yard Companies to continue its annual coat drive tradition this winter. In its 4th Year, this important community-based initiative is just one of the many programs HITN leads throughout the year to help improve the lives of Latino communities. For the past several years, HITN successfully recruited tenants such as Brooklyn Navy Yard, New Lab, Duggal, Hip Hop Closet, City Scaled, Mediapro and DAZN, to multiply their efforts in increasing the number of collected coats every year.
HITN is proud to have led this coat drive once again, along with the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other yard tenants. We collected a grand total of 346 coats, a significant increase from last year. We want to thank all the businesses that participated. It’s efforts such as this that make the Brooklyn Navy Yard a true community,” said Michael D. Nieves, President, and CEO of HITN.

Here’s what some of the leaders of the companies participating in this initiative had to say:

Supporting our local community underscores our core mission of providing working families with economic opportunities available at the Navy Yard. We are proud to support New York Cares and our longtime tenant, HITN, in their annual coat drive for the fourth year running. Each year this program includes more Navy Yard businesses and more of our neighbors who commit to donating this essential resource for those in need during the winter months – and we look forward to an even bigger campaign in 2020,” said David Ehrenberg, President & CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

New Lab was honored to partner again with HITN for another successful winter coat drive,” said Shaun Stewart, CEO of New Lab. “The Brooklyn community is integral to our work at New Lab, and we are grateful to support people throughout the borough however we can. New Lab members and staff were thrilled to be able to give back through HITN.

HITN is hopeful that this project will continue to be successful and is committed to make it grow once again next winter.

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

City & State NY selects Michael D. Nieves for The Responsible 100 Awards

By HITN

City & State is a long-standing institution in New York City recognizing the work of leaders across industries. Each year they shine a light on socially responsible leaders in New York with The Responsible 100 Awards. The annual awards ceremony honors an elite group of 100 New Yorkers who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving their communities and making transformative change.

This year, they selected 100 New Yorkers from 10 sectors who embody one or more of the core principles of corporate social responsibility: charity, diversity, environment and sustainability, equity, ethics, privacy, sourcing, transparency, volunteerism and community engagement.

Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN was selected for his service in education, and we are proud to celebrate this achievement. His work is highlighted among outstanding leaders as well as socially responsible executives, visionaries and influencers.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees, and thank you for your dedication to improving our society!

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

A New Personal and Family Oriented Experience with HITN at Dadeland Mall

A New Personal and Family Oriented Experience with HITN at Dadeland Mall

By HITN

The HITN event took place on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th at Dadeland Mall in Miami. HITN invited guests to a new personal and family-oriented experience, highlighting the essence of the channel through entertaining, educational, and healthy activities for all family members. The event included free massages and healthy juices samples, face painting and animal-shaped balloons for children, a kids’ coloring area, the opportunity for a meet & greet with Ron Magill, host of Mundo Salvaje, and a spinning wheel for a chance to win amazing HITN branded products. HITN Learning was also a part of the event and the general public had the opportunity to enjoy their great products.

HITN always likes to involve the local community and small companies in these events and enjoys supporting local businesses. There were about 7,000 to 10,000 people who attended the event and enjoyed HITN’s games and activities while learning about the channel and its amazing content. HITN hosts public events in the community about 5 times a year and is looking forward to expand them into other prominent Hispanic areas in the United States. Stayed tuned for future dates and markets!

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

Key issues addressed in 2020 Census Town Hall hosted by HITN

Key issues addressed in 2020 Census Town Hall hosted by HITN

By HITN

HITN hosted its first Census Town Hall on Thursday, November 13, 2019 in the 3rd largest city of our nation, Chicago, Illinois. This educational initiative kicked off HITN’s Census national campaign, ¡Tu Cuentas! and is designed to promote participation by Hispanics as well as hard-to-count (HTC) populations in the 2020 Census. The Town Hall was held at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and streamed LIVE nationwide. This event brought important community leaders, educators, students and local elected officials together in an open and frank discussion of the critical issues surrounding the upcoming 2020 census.

Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia stressed the need for organization within Latino communities to join forces and assure everyone is counted. According to the Congressman, “What’s at stake here is the well-being and prosperity of our community” and “The Census is important to the future of our democracy given we are now the largest minority group in the United States.

It was clear that the importance of an accurate count representing the Latino population was a key topic of concern, as Oswaldo Alvárez, co-director of the Illinois Census office opened by stating “most of the growth of the state of Illinois is in the Latino community” and “if we (The Federal Government) don’t count correctly, resources will not reach these communities”, thereby confirming that the 2010 Census undercounted almost 1 million young children ages 0-5.

Pastor Emma Lozano of Iglesia Metodista Lincoln brought yet another important point to the discussion by mentioning the ‘fear factor’ involving undocumented immigrants. They feel that if they are counted, it could lead to deportation. She insisted that the community must help them understand the 20202 Census, so it will work in their favor instead of against them.

Other participating entities included high school students from Roberto Clemente Community Academy and NEIU students from various classes, who, posed several questions of the panelists and in doing so, said ¡PRESENTE! as the younger generation.

Follow the links below to watch the Town Hall in English or Spanish, and learn more about why YOU MATTER and why it is important to “Get Counted” in the upcoming 2020 Census.

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 Rewards Bushwick Mets

HITN Rewards 2019 Champions, Bushwick Mets, with a Day at Citifield

By HITN

In New York, baseball fans prepare for the end of the regular season and look forward to the playoffs. Recently on September 29, HITN and the Quebradillas Baseball Organizations Bushwick Mets team (11-12-year-olds) celebrated their championship win with a trip to the final New York Mets game against the Atlanta Braves. As part of its sponsorship, HITN provided the trip to Citifield for winning the championship and representing the Quebradillas Baseball Organization. In the three years that HITN has been a sponsor, this is the second team that has won the championship.

The twelve young Bushwick Mets ballplayers, together with their coaches, and the managers of the Quebradillas Baseball Organization, enjoyed watching the game from a suite behind home plate with refreshments, ice cream, popcorn, hamburgers, hotdogs, and other goodies. When the game went into extra innings, the Bushwick Mets did not want to leave and were excited to witness when the Mets won on a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. The Quebradillas Baseball Organization, a non-profit organization, located in Bushwick, provides children 4 – 12 with training, practice drills, and actual games during the summer, with the support of their family and friends. HITN proudly sponsors the Bushwick Mets because to be part of a successful team; they must learn teamwork, self-discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. HITN congratulates the Bushwick Mets and wishes them the best for the new school year.

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

Mundo Salvaje Live!

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

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

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