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Violeta Galagarza 1

Violeta Galagarza

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Violeta is a professional dancer, but her career path has not taken her--as it could have--to the best states of the world. Instead she choose to fuse her love for dance with her concern for Latino youth and founded KR3Ts. For more than 20 years, her organization has provided free dance classes and support programs to young people in the community and beyond, as a positive alternative to negative social pressures and gang violence. Students not only learn how to dance, but acquire the discipline, time management, and leadership skills necessary to succeed in any career.

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Monica Olivera 2

Monica Olivera

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When she realized that her school district could not provide her kids with the education they deserve, Monica began homeschooling them and created MommyMaestra.com, where she provide tips, resources, activities, and other opportunities for parents who homeschool their children, and parents looking to expand --or reinforce--the concepts their children are learning in a traditional school setting. Through this site, she has created a community where Latino parents can ask each other questions to find solutions to education-related issues.

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Vashti Acosta 3

As the Head of School at Amber Charter School in East Harlem, N.Y.C., Vashti impacts the lives of more than 400 students daily. Under her watchful eye, her students achieve their education at the highest levels. This year, she convened the Latino Charter Leaders Roundtable, a group of Latino educators that lead charter schools. Her goal is to expand this roundtable to a national level. She also wants to write a book to help Hispanic parents to get more involved in their children education.

María Nimia González 4

María Nimia González

Her children are adult now, but she keeps inspiring children and young people with her church called Nido de águilas (The Eagles Nest), where she inspires kids to stay  in school and become solid  adults who will hopefully become the leaders of the Latino community in the future.