Established in 1992 to foster diversity and raise awareness by serving as a liaison between the non-Hispanic and Hispanic communities. The Hispanic League a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, strives to improve the quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos through promoting community inclusion, education, health and multicultural understanding.
The Hispanic League facilitates education for Hispanic students through the ESL Middle School Achievers Program and the Scholarship Program.
• The Middle School Achievers Program provides motivational speakers to ESL students at 9 local middle schools, where approximately 700 students participate and 72 students receive incentive awards for their achievements and improvements.
• The Scholarship Program awards $2,000, 3,000, 4,000 & 5,000 annual scholarships to outstanding Hispanic students who are current or former Forsyth County English Language Learner (ELL) and/or Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. This program culminates at the annual Spanish Nite Gala, where the community recognizes the recipients. Since 2000, the Hispanic League has awarded more than 369 scholarships worth $820,000, with 41 scholarships presented in 2017.
The Hispanic League promotes multicultural understanding each fall at Fiesta and 2017 was the 25th Annual Fiesta, it is a Winston-Salem community tradition. With an average attendance of over 20,000 people celebrating diversity, Hispanic heritage, and cross-cultural understanding, it is the largest one-day Hispanic street festival in the Triad. Other events include: International Wine Tasting, Zumbathon®, Colorful Sounds in Concert, Running of the Bulls 5K & Fun Run, and others.
The Hispanic League partners with more than ten community organizations to provide educational programming and assistance to the Hispanic community.
• A sample includes WS/FC Library, International Center of Forsyth Tech, YMCA Camp High Hopes, YMCA Hispanic Achievers, Christmas Giving, BOOKMARKS, WS/FC School System, Community Care Center and others to provide services free of charge.
• The Hispanic League has a Community Service Coordinator who provides resources to the community for Spanish speaking individuals. Part of this service includes quarterly FaithAction ID Drives for the community in which any individual may receive photo identification. The FaithAction ID’s are recognized by local law enforcement, health care facilities and other partner organizations/businesses.
• The Hispanic Services offers educational session throughout the year including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Latino American Women’s Conference, and more. These opportunities are open to all interested in learning more about the Hispanic community.