Rubén Hinojosa

Member U.S. Congress, Texas District 15


Chair Hispanic Congressional Caucus



Dolores Huerta

Co-Founder United Farm Workers of America

Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2012

President Dolores Huerta Foundation


Todd Hunter

Texas State Representative District 32


James E. Klein, PH.D.

Chair Clean Economy Coalition


Professor of American History—Del Mar College


President, Del Mar College chapter of the American Association of University Professors


Teresa Klein

Professor of Psychology

Del Mar College—Corpus Christi, TX


J.M. Lozano

Texas State Representative District 43


Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Member Texas Senate, District 27

Vice-Chair Senate Education Committee


Daniel Lucio

Corpus Christi Downtown Management District Marketing Committee


Trustee, Coastal Bend Bays Foundation


Executive Committee, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter


Board Member, Homeless Issues Partnership


Vilma Luna

Former Texas State Representative and

Vice-Chair House Appropriations Committee


Armando “Mando” Martinez

Texas State Representative District 39


Jaime Martinez

Founder and Board Chair

Cesar Chavez Legacy and Education Foundation


Patricia Masso

Principal, Mercedes High School


Gilberto Ocañas

Senior Advisor Dentons, LLP

Washington, DC


Co-Founder NewsTaco.com


Solomón P. Ortiz


Former Member of U.S. Congress


Chair Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Solomón P. Ortiz Scholarship Endowment Fund


Cissy Reynolds-Perez

Principal, W.B. Ray High School


Named High School Principal of the Year, 2013, by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.


Creator of College Ready-the Game (Board Game)


Florencio “Lencho” Rendon

President and CEO LR Global, LLC

Former Chief of Staff, Texas U.S. Congress District 27


Dr. Angela Valenzuela

Director, University of Texas Center for

Education Policy.


Dr. Nancy Vera

LULAC #4444 President

Vice President Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers

STHRC Board of Directors

Caller Times Hispanic Advisory Board Founding Member


Judith Zaffirini

Texas State Senator District 21

Chair Government Organization

Friends

Zoe Alaniz

W.B. Ray High School Graduate, 2013.


Wendy’s Heisman High School 2012 National

Scholar-Athlete Award Winner.


National Hispanic Program Scholar.


Medaled three consecutive years—state diving meets.


2013, 4A state gold medal in diving.


Signed with Texas A&M



Mary Helen Berlanga

Attorney and

Former Member State Board of Education


Barbara Ann Canales

Attorney and Petroleum Engineer

President Ready or Not Foundation

Port of Corpus Christi Commissioner


Eduardo Canales

Executive Director,

South Texas Human Rights Center

2014 The Texas Observer,

“Tyrant’s Foe” Award


Santiago A. Canton

Director, Robert F. Kennedy

Partners for Human Rights

Washington, D.C.


Gloria Santillan Casas

La Feria ISD Board Trustee


Secretary/Treasurer, Texas Association

School Board Members


Former President, Mexican American

School Board Members Association


Francisco Castillo

Political Consultant


Alfredo “Al” Cortinas

Member Texas Band Master Hall of Fame

2011, Texas Bandmasters Meritorious Achievement Award

Rio Grande City, Texas


Henry Cuellar

Member U.S. Congress, Texas District 28


Member — House Appropriations Committee

Member — Sub-committee Homeland Security

Member — Sub-Committee State, Foreign Operations,

and Related Programs


Vice-Chair — House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee


Senior Whip — Democratic Caucus


Member — Blue Dog Coalition


Co-Chair — Congressional Unmanned System Caucus


Chairman and Founder, Bi-partisan House

Pro-Trade Caucus


Vice Chair Democratic Steering and Policy Committee


Chairman/Founder — Pro Trade Caucus


Member — Congressional Hispanic Caucus


Hector Galán

Acclaimed Independent

Documentary Filmmaker


Mario T. Garcia

Mercedes ISD Board Trustee

Mercedes, Texas


Andy Hernandez

Former President Southwest Voter

Registration Education Project


Abel Herrero

Texas State Representative District 34


Henry Hinojosa

Mayor—Mercedes, Texas

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Among the skills most needed in the 21st Century is that of civic literacy and participation. The South Texas Youth Congress provides our youth the opportunity to learn first hand the making of public policy. I am encouraged  by this initiative.                

 

  Barbara Canales

Port of Corpus Christi

Commissioner

Growing up as the son of migrant workers whose parents only reached a 2nd and 6th grade level of education, I was raised to work hard and get a good education.  I worked my way from Laredo Junior College all the way to Georgetown University and UT, and each one of you can do it too. Education is the single most important factor in your lifetime earnings. The difference in a high school diploma and a 4-year degree is over $1 million. This Congress is a great opportunity to learn about debate and the legislative process while learning more about important issues and making your voice count.
 

Henry Cuellar

Member U.S. Congress

Friends

Programs like the South Texas Youth Congress are vitally important for improving the state of civic life in the state; today, Texas ranks last in voting compared to the rest of the nation. If our state and nation are to continue to prosper, we need bright young men and women like those selected to the program to make the decision to devote themselves to education and community participation.
 

  Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Member Texas Senate

Success is for everyone; there are no barriers!  The South Texas Youth Congress opens the doors for networking among student representatives throughout South Texas. Imagine the dreams that will come true with this unique opportunity!

Cissy Reynolds-Perez

Principal, W.B. Ray High School

Corpus Christi, TX

Creator of College Ready-the Game

(Board Game)

President Clinton Remarks on Presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom

September 29, 1995


His name was William C. Velasquez, but everyone knew him as Willie. Willie was and is now a name synonymous with democracy in America. Through the organization he founded, the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, he nearly doubled Hispanic voter registration, and dramatically increased the number of Latino elected officials in this Nation. His appeal to the Hispanic community was simple, passionate, and direct: "Su voto es su voz," your vote is your voice.


The movement he began here at home went on to support democracy abroad in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Mexico, and in South Africa. From the farm fields of California, where he organized workers with Cesar Chavez, to the halls of Harvard, where he taught politics, Willie Velasquez was driven by an unwavering belief that every American should have a role in our democracy and a share in the opportunities of our great Nation.


Willie Velasquez died too young. He was just 44 when he passed away in 1988. But in his vibrant life, he restored faith in our ideals and in ourselves.


And no person in modern America who has run for public office wherever Hispanic Americans live has failed to feel the hand of Willie Velasquez. He made this a greater country.

In memory of my friend,

mentor and boss.

Thank you Willie.

                                 

-Armando Villarreal

Accepting State Principal of the Year Award presented at the National Principals

of the Year Banquet.

(Washington D.C. Sept. 2014)

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Dolores Huerta

Message to STYC Members

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If some people object to what we are doing, that’s alright. That’s alright. It just makes us stronger.

                                    -Willie Velasquez

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Member Texas State School Safety Center. Appoint by the Governor.