— The program celebrates its fifth anniversary while honoring Latinos who have done outstanding work for their communities —

MIAMI, FL – January 18, 2018 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize Event announced today its national call for nominations for the 2018 Positive Impact Awards (PIAs). Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the PIAs honor exceptional Latino heroes who have dedicated their time and resources to making a difference in their communities.

Nominations for the 5th annual PIAs will be accepted online through February 28, 2018 via http://hispzpia.com.

“The Positive Impact Awards are a steadfast reminder of the accomplishments of Latinos in our country. Every year we are proud to honor unsung heroes from all across the nation and share their inspiring stories and contributions to our community,” said Manny Ruiz, Founder of Hispanicize Media Group that owns the Hispanicize event. “Last year was a challenging one in many aspects, from hurricanes impacting different communities to social changes taking place across the country. Nonetheless, Hispanics all over the United States have demonstrated their resilience and commitment to the betterment of our country.”

A panel of leaders from diverse industries will be judging the nominations and selecting winners for each of the Positive Impact Award categories. Members of the public will later have the opportunity to vote online and select the 2018 Positive Impact Person of the Year.

This year, the Positive Impact Awards celebrates its 5th anniversary. 2017 was a year plagued with natural disasters for the U.S., from hurricanes impacting Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico to multiple wildfires across California. Movements such as #metoo resonated in all corners of the country, challenging the social perceptions of our society.

During these trying times, Latinos found themselves rising as leaders and role models, supporting their communities, and making a lasting change in our country. The PIAs are determined to highlight these individuals and promote a positive change nationally.

Since its creation in 2013, the PIAs has honored a total of 33 outstanding Latinos across the United States who have dedicated their work to the creation of resources and educational programs that have empowered those in their communities and helped them achieved their dreams. Some past winners include, Dante Alvarado-Leon, Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Veronica Herrera, Doniece Sandoval, Alicia Rascon & Laura Donnelly, Jesus “Chuy” Medrano, Gaby Pacheco, Dr. Anthony Gonzalez, and George Torres, among others.

Winners will be honored during a gala at the annual Hispanicize Event (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), hosted in Miami at the JW Marriott Marquis from April 17-19, 2018.

National Call and Criteria for Nominees

Following is the criteria for Positive Impact Awards nominees:

— Nominees can be of any ethnicity, resident status, educational level, age, work and/or professional background.

— Candidates can be nominated in one of several categories, including: community revitalization, professional development and empowerment, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), financial literacy, or other area that may not fit these categories.

— Nominees do not have to be affiliated to any nonprofit or organization, although nonprofit organizations are encouraged to nominate their most outstanding volunteers.

— There are no age restrictions. The nomination of teenagers and young adults is strongly encouraged.

— Aspiring candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.

— Special consideration will be given to individuals who achieve their magnanimity through volunteerism.

— The top four finalists will be asked to produce two letters of recommendation and submit a two-minute video on YouTube explaining their work and what the nomination means to them.

Sponsors to Date and Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsorship information is available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779.

About the Hispanicize Event

Now in its 9th year, Hispanicize 2018 Week (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz18) is the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2018 is taking place April 17-19th in Miami, FL at the JW Marriott Marquis and is expected to gather more than 2,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent), Twitter and Snapchat (@Hispanicize).