The Somos el Futuro Fall 2014 Conference is approaching fast. This event serves as a platform for legislators, scholars, business and labor leaders to address issues that impact the Hispanic community.

The funds collected from the conference and the annual golf tournament this fall will benefit the Hogar San Jose de la Montana in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as well as the Somos el Futuro Hispanic Leadership Institute. The HLI’s programs aim to create opportunities for the Hispanic youth of New York State that will facilitate their professional development, growth, and future success.

The conference will be held Wednesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at the Hilton Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The registration form, schedule, booking link, and golf tournament information can be found by clicking here or by following the download link on the right-hand side of the page.

Somos el Futuro Inc. congratulates the thirty eight high school Students who were awarded scholarships during the Student Delegate Recognition at the 2014 Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI).

As our demographics continue to change, we must re-engineer the pathways to success for our young people. The time is now and it is only through our collective efforts that we can create a new generation of Hispanic/Latino leaders who are ready to face the future with a clear understanding of responsible citizenship. Somos el Futuro, Inc. is committed to further the education of the Hispanic/Latino Community and for the past twenty seven years has awarded 1 million dollars to the Hispanic/Latino Youth via internships, scholarships, and apprenticeships.

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The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is an innovative program sponsored by the NYS Senate/Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the Annual SOMOS El Futuro Legislative Conference. It has been in existence since 1990 and was dedicated to the memory of the Honorable Angelo Del Toro in 1995. The purpose of the Institute is to:

  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Gain an understanding of the NYS legislative process by participation in research and the development of legislative proposals.
  • Gain an understanding of responsible citizenship.
  • Create opportunities for interaction with positive role models such as elected officials and other adult professionals.
  • Promote a dialogue between youth and community leaders concerning issues that affect Hispanic youth.

The year’s Institute marked our twenty-fourth year of successful achievement towards the growth of tomorrow’s Puerto Rican and Hispanic Leaders as PR/HYLI continues to transcend from college into our communities

2002-2003 Student Delegate-Jonathan D. Hernandez                                                         “PR/HYLI played a powerful role in my life. After participating in the program my junior year, I developed the first Hispanic Heritage Month Event in my high school to highlight our culture to non-Hispanic students. It was a great success and later created by my younger sibling who also partook in PR/HYLI. The PR/HYLI influence rolled over into college where I became a Latino Organization Leader on campus and the first Northeaster University student to be the student speaker at the 6th Annual New England Latino Student Leadership Conference..”

2004-2005 Student Delegate-Michelle Vilaprimo-Gonzalez                                               “PR/HYLI changed my life completely. It made me more aware of my heritage and gave me such sense of pride that everywhere I go people know I am a proud Latina. What more, PR/HYLI directed my career path towards politics, allowing me to work with the governmental and non-governmental entities that shape the State of New York. It gave me the opportunity to meet incredible people who helped me know more about myself ad are role models in my life. I think that without PR/HYLI my passion for Latin American Studies, my confidence and knowledge about my skills would not been as high as they are now.”