Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2013) – The American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has partnered with Latino Inaugural 2013 to sponsor its symposium, The Futuro: Latino Power, six issue-based sessions on how Latinos can increase participation in the civic life of the country and translate this engagement into policy outcomes on issues ranging from the economy to education to immigration.
“The American Latino Heritage Fund is extremely proud to sponsor such a timely and important discussion,” said Midy Aponte, Executive Director of the American Latino Heritage Fund. “Whether it is working toward an inclusive telling of America’s rich history across the national park system or promoting American Latino investment in the country’s current civil life, it is time to underscore the importance of active participation.”
ALHF’s mission is anchored in preserving the full spectrum of American Latino history in the U.S. by identifying and celebrating historic sites and places essential to understanding the influence of Latinos’ cultural, economic and civic contributions to the American story. While the Latino community accounts for approximately 54 million people in the American population, Latinos represent only nine percent (9%) of national park visitors.
The American Latino Heritage Fund is working to improve that statistic by focusing Preserving the Full Spectrum of American Latino History, Catalyzing a National Dialogue that Shares a More Inclusive Story of the American Experience, Opening Channels of Engagement for Participation at National Parks. To this end, in 2012, the American Latino Heritage Fund dedicated $150,000 needed to open and fund the first year operations of César E. Chávez National Monument, establishing the 398th park in the national park system.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND
The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation will assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve, reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos for future generations. For more information, please visit www.alhf.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places. www.nationalparks.org