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Academy of Finance students attend Puerto Rican/Hispanic Spring Conference

April 3, 2012

AOF students at the conferenceOn March 23, Melody Mangual, Ariel Pabon and Adrian Galeas, Monticello High School Academy of Finance students, along with Resource Officer Louis Alvarez and Academy of Finance Director Wendy Levinson, attended the 25th Annual New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force 2012 Spring Conference. The group participated in workshops covering the important issues faced by the Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities of New York State.

The students attended a Senior Citizen Policy Forum which covered the social, economic and health issues affecting the Hispanic elderly.

“As a teenager you are not often aware of the hardships that the elderly face, but this experience was very eye-opening. Access to healthcare and Social Security are two ongoing issues that I, as a teenager, have to pay closer attention to,” said Ariel Pab√≥n an Academy of Finance junior.

“I noticed that we need to make a difference for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic youth of today but at the same time we must show concern for the issues they will face as they grow old,” said Melody Mangual, a twelfth grade Academy of Finance student.

In addition, the group participated in a Minority and Women owned Business Enterprise session. “As an Academy of Finance student and as a student from Hispanic decent, I see the importance of establishing a team who will work together to make sure that minority and women-owned businesses are given a fair chance and an equal opportunity to be part of the NYS competitive bid process.”

The 2010 census data revealed that the NYS Hispanic population grew to over three million. These figures reinforce the importance of introducing our students to adults who are working to be heard and represented by their government officials. Students were made aware that as residents of their communities, there are issues to discuss and problems to solve.

Photo: Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Chief Diversity Officer, Governor's Office; Melody Mangual, AOF senior; Ariel Pabon, AOF junior; Adrian Galeas, AOF junior; Alphonso B. David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, Governor's Office; Luis Alvarez, Monticello High School Resource Officer.