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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Oct 20, 2011 Dear Friends of Asociacion Tepeyac de Nueva York

We are celebrating today, 14 years of service, thanks to many supporters and friends in New York, in other states, and other countries. We have made many alliances to make possible all what we have achieved during this time. We are still sowing everywhere we pass, and we are hoping to see someof the fruits, very soon, during the following few years. Children of those immigrants who contributed to the foundation of Asociacion Tepeyac, have grown up. Many of them have now achieved the age to vote. They are now becoming important to all elected officials, because it is now the beginning of a new wave of new voters, who will make the difference during elections. Time has changed because new generations of immigrants and their children, who aregetting ready not only to vote, but to run this city and this country. We are sure that Tepeyac will contribute to make all of them ready for their future. We hope to have your support to be able to continue struggling to get access to Higher education to many immigrants and children of immigrants, who will run this city in few years. Asociacion Tepeyac has changed all the time during these 14 years, trying to be a key to face challenges, during important crisis and changes, to fix problems, to learn and teach about new resources, protections and education for immigrants, and their children, and to encourage the first and second generation of Mexican and other Latinos to make an important contribution to this country. Asociacion Tepeyac is still surviving even the hard times, even through the economic recession. We must say thanks to all of you, to all our many supporters and friends for your wonderful support during this hard time. We hope to celebrate with you our 15th anniversary, during all out cultural events next year. You are already invited to contribute and celebrate, what we have done together, during the past years. Let’s keep in touch during the following months, beginning now, and celebrate with great satisfaction, our 15thannniversary. I wish to hear from you, about your vision of the future and how we can contribute to make our world better. All of us can work together, as we have done during the past years, to leave a legacy for the new generations of immigrants and their children, for the City of New York, and for all our countries and families‌ Thanks for your wonderful support Sincerely,

Joel Magallan Executive Director

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6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

COCKTAIL RECEPTION 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DINNER & AWARDS PRESENTATION Honoring: Agueda Arias, UFCW Local 888 Evelyn De Jesus, United Federation of Teachers Teresa Garcia, Mexicana Solutions GOYA Foods, 75th Anniversary Sonia Ivany, NYC LCLAA Benita Johnson, Transport Workers Union Local 100 Jesus Perez, The City University of New York

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THE BEST IN MODERN JAZZ WITH: Kevin McDonald Jay Rattman Dylan Shamat

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Our Honorees Tonight we would like to thank for the generosity of our honorees. We greet you with deep gratitude.

Community Justice Award ­— Tepeyac honors individuals who have demonstrated lifetime commitment to the development and empowerment of communities and who promote inclusive opportunities for immigrants.

Ageda Arias Agueda immigrated to this country more than three decades ago and immediately started to participate in the community organizations. She participated in organizations like Housing, Education, Immigration, Health, and others to better her community; also was very active in the political arena. Her goal was and still is to empower her community. She began her career in the labor movement around 15 years ago as an organizer of Local 888 of United Food and Commercial Workers which represents more than 7,000 workers in the food, factory, professional, and healthcare, retail, and warehouse industries. Agueda is the Secretary Recorder for Local 888, UFCW. She is the first woman ever to be elected to a leadership position within her Union. She also serves as trustees of the Local 888 Health & Welfare Fund and she is the Delegate Representative in the UFCW Legislative and Political Action Department. Agueda is a member of the Executive Board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in New York City; National Board Member of the United Latinos of UFCW; National Board Member of the Minority Coalition of UFCW; Member of the UFCW Region 1 South Women’s Network Executive Committee; member of the Hispanic Labor Committee, NA ACP, CLUW, and Delegate of the New York Central Labor Council. She was a cofounder of the Dominican women’s collective, Centro Cultural Orlando Martinez among others. She has also been an activist in the issue of police brutality, human rights and international solidarity. Agueda earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at City College of New York City in 1996. She also graduated in July 2011 from NYS AFL-CIO/CORNELL Union Leadership Institute. She is married to Juan Villar with two children Norman, Minerva and a Grandson, Kaiden.

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OUR HONOREES

Community Justice Award ­— Tepeyac honors individuals who have demonstrated lifetime commitment to the development and empowerment of communities and who promote inclusive opportunities for immigrants.

Evelyn DeJesus Evelyn is an exemplary teacher adept at designing programs that deliver results for children and a fervent advocate for justice — undaunted and unafraid to speak truth to power. An impassioned activist and educator, Evelyn is cut from the same mold as Jules Kolodny, in the classic tradition of a formidable union leader. Evelyn traveled an unexpected road to educator and trade unionist. Her activism began when one of her daughters became ill during a school construction project. Evelyn blew the whistle on the shoddy school conditions exposing the toxic environment. Her courageous actions and the glaring attention that ensued snowballed into the Great Asbestos Scandal of 1993. She became a state certified parent educator, eventually attaining an assistant director position in a student support program for pregnant teens, the Evenstart Program, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree part-time. Evelyn transitioned easily to a staff position and shortly thereafter was elected chapter leader of PS 126. Evelyn’s innovative instructional strategies soon became the model within District 2 for collaborative team teaching and her classroom became a lab site for visitors and instructional leaders throughout the state. Distinguished among educators in her district, Evelyn was selected for inclusion in the Aspiring Leaders Institute for prospective principals. While Evelyn graduated with all the qualifications of principal, she channeled her passion and full commitment to the UFT. Evelyn is a strong articulator on a wide spectrum of educational and contractual issues. As the district representative for District 2 and subsequently as Manhattan borough representative — her current position — she’s well known for saying, “We can dance or we can rumble. You set the tone.” Evelyn’s insight and counsel is sought in a variety of key positions at the state and national levels through her service on: NYSUT’s Board of Directors and the Labor and Religion Coalition; the Executive Board of the AFT’s Latino Caucus, the AFT’s Policy and Program Counsel, among many others. As President of the Board of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York, Evelyn is actively involved in promoting economic and social justice around the world. With this group she has visited Mexico and Nicaragua where she met with union members, worked to support fair trade practices, and met with local leaders to work to improve access to a quality education for all people. She’s a trustee of our own UFT Elementary Charter School and a member of the U FT’s Executive Board. Evelyn’s spirituality extends into every aspect of her life — personal, professional and spiritual — and she credits her faith for her achievements. Evelyn is the proud wife of Louie and the mother of two beautiful daughters, Tiffany and Kristina. She has been blessed with four grandchildren and you can always see her smile when her they call her “Diva Nana.”

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OUR HONOREES

Tepeyac Excellence Award ­­—Tepeyac acknowledges individuals whose important contributions help to preserve Latino cultural values, foster Latino pride and heritage.

Teresa Garcia Teresa Garcia is a Mexican immigrant. Over time, she has emerged as a prime example of what is true and evident in immigrant women: perseverance, dedication, and hard work. In her own effective way, Ms. Garcia has made a personal commitment to help her community. Ms. Garcia was studying English and Philosophy in Queens College when circumstances forced her to seek a different career. As a student, Ms. Garcia had a zest for learning and innovative ideas which made her eligible for several awards and recognitions from the Zicklin School of Business and eventually earned a degree in International Marketing. The Mexican native and proud New Yorker excelled in the private industry, working in the area of marketing evaluating hospitability companies for several years. A dynamic worker, she later joined the financial services sector as a Registered Representative for World Financial Group, an AEGON company where she enjoyed helping individuals to take charge of their financial lives and became an advocate for immigrants accessing financial services. In 1999, Ms. Garcia began to volunteer with Tepeyac and joined the staff as Finance Director in May 2001. In the harrowing days of 9/11, Ms. Garcia worked hard to secure relief and financial resources with the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, FEMA, and VOAD as well as the 9/11 Fund, United Way, The Robin Hood Foundation, Soros Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and others. So Tepeyac, under the leadership of Joel Magallan, mobilized to prove the existence of undocumented workers who perished in the attack and to provide emergency cash relief to victims’ families and the jobless. During the days of the 9/11 crisis, Ms. Garcia effectively placed Tepeyac as the best positioned Spanish-speaking organization to provide relief services to undocumented immigrants. Post 9/11 with the immigrant community in crisis, Ms. Garcia developed Tepeyac’s 10- year strategic plan and played a crucial role in the management of the organization. Impressed by her knowledge of Mexican consumers, community activism, and negotiating skills, Goya Foods hired Ms. Garcia as a Public Relations Agent for Mexican Affairs in the tri-state area; currently her responsibilities have been expanded to other areas. In addition, in 2008, Ms. Garcia launched Mexicana Solutions to provide a range of services from business plan consulting, fiscal audit assistance to tax preparation. Ms. Garcia stills volunteers at Tepeyac and other Mexican immigrant organizations helping them strengthen their internal capacity.

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OUR HONOREES

Tepeyac Excellence Award ­­—Tepeyac acknowledges individuals whose important contributions help to preserve Latino cultural values, foster Latino pride and heritage.

GOYA Foods 75th Anniversary

The premier source for authentic Latino cuisine, Goya Foods is the largest, Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. Founded in 1936 by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, both from Spain, the Goya story is as much about the importance of family as it is about achieving the American dream. Goya was started in a small storefront in Lower Manhattan, New York, catering to local Hispanic families by distributing Spanish foods such as olives, olive oil and sardines. Driven by the belief that there was a growing consumer market for high-quality, fresh-tasting, Latino foods, the Unanues infused their personal philosophy throughout the company. This commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of Goya’s popular credo, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good”. The result of this simple, yet deeply resonant pledge is the evolution of Goya Foods into a leader in the Latin American food industry, with operations spanning the globe. From Goya’s modest origins, the company now boasts a full host of products ranging from condiments, pantry items, beverages and frozen foods representing all of Latin America. Goya has continuously increased offerings to what is today a milestone of over 1,600 products, and distributed brands, further solidifying its position as the definitive connection to Latin American cuisine. As the company continues extensive product diversification, it honors Goya’s founders by fulfilling their promise to make each meal a uniquely memorable experience for family and friends. Intent on building upon its rich heritage, Goya Foods provides consumers across the United States, the Caribbean and abroad with a comprehensive choice of Latino foods designed to fit into the full range of Hispanic tastes and preferences. In addition to new product development, the company has undergone the most extensive facilities expansion in its history, adding over one million square feet to its manufacturing and packaging capacity. Goya Foods and its consumers will realize substantial gains through the creation and strategic expansion of these new, state-of-the art manufacturing and distribution centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain. Goya’s commitment continues to be realized through its online presence, www.goya.com, which personalizes the consumer experience by providing great-tasting, authentic Latino recipes for the home cook as well as educating Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike to the diversity of Latin American cuisine. Visitors to Goya on-line are encouraged to become part of La Gran Familia Goya by receiving Goya e-News, a quarterly electronic newsletter full of timely recipes, new product announcements and fun prizes. The Goya eStore makes a variety of Caribbean, Mexican, South and Central American products including rice, beans, olives and a variety of condiments available to consumers online within mainland United States. Throughout its history, Goya Foods’ dedicated employees have helped to build the company’s solid reputation as the leading authority on Hispanic food. Whether presenting consumers with the finest products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, the Goya brand has insured quality for multiple generations of satisfied consumers. In addition, Goya Foods has been a proud supporter of programs and activities that benefit families and children throughout the world. They have taken the lead in numerous disaster relief efforts, providing food donations in times of crisis and consistently working with local food banks to assist those less fortunate. Goya Foods actively engages with social, civic and non-profit organizations on charitable endeavors that promote and sustain community wellness and the advancement of Hispanic culture. Goya Foods remains firm in its goal of being the brand of choice for authentic Latino cuisine while retaining its family-oriented approach to its consumers, all of whom comprise La Gran Familia Goya. 08—Annual Gala 2011


OUR HONOREES

Leaders of the Present Award

—Tepeyac honors outstanding Latino leaders who are improving our communities, demonstrating initiative, inspiring others, and who have made a significant impact in the lives of people.

Sonia Ivany Sonia Ivany is Regional Coordinator for the NYS Workforce Development Institute, AFL-CIO and President of the New York City Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Sonia began her involvement in the labor movement in 1972 as a rank-and- file leader in the organizing campaign that unionized the largest voluntary hospital in the country, Columbia Presbyterian into 1199. After the campaign, she assumed leadership positions as lead delegate,   and representative in local and citywide negotiations, education, hiring and cultural committees.  She was a leader and coordinator of 1199’s Hispanic Affairs Committee, later joining the 1199 staff as Citywide Political Coordinator. In that position, she organized the union’s participation in political campaigns, GOTV operations and several social justice coalitions. In 1990, Sonia joined the International Ladies Garment Workers Union as National Director of Special Projects, where she organized the union’s participation in the historic Solidarity Day and represented the union in national, city coalitions.  She was member of the political screening committee, initiated a Latino media program and was a NY Jobs with Justice founding member. She joined the staff of the NYS AFL-CIO in 1995, where she developed the first statewide union sponsored immigrant rights programs and instrumental in progressive labor initiatives in  areas of civil rights, politics, immigration policy, women’s issues and health care.  She has served as citywide coordinator for the NYC Central Labor Council GOTV operations for labor endorsed candidates, and numerous legislative initiatives and union campaigns. In her present position with the Workforce Development Institute, she develops programs of labor education and   statewide immigration policy, worker rights and women’s issues. Sonia has attended the Somos el Futuro Conference since its inception and has coordinated labor’s presenters in the Legislative Sessions of the NYS Assembly / Senate Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force since 1990.  She serves as a member of the Somos el Futuro Board, Inc. since 2005. Sonia has been honored by the NYS Assembly / Senate Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force, the New York City Council, NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Asian Caucus, Office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, NYC Comptroller William Thompson, Comite Noviembre, 1199 SEIU, National LCLA A, NYC Central LCLA A, Hispanic Labor Committee NYC CLC, NYS Teamster Hispanic Caucus, Latino Laborer’s Cultural Association, DC 37 Hispanic Heritage Committee, TWU Local 100, CSA Hispanic Committee, Workplace Project, NYCOSH Immigrant Council, and other organizations. She serves as a National LCLA A Vice-President, as Co-Chair, NY Alliance for Labor Rights, Immigrant Rights, Jobs for All, Delegate to the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Cornell University, ILR’s Labor Advisory Board, NY Immigration Coalition Board and Latino Leadership Institute Board.

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OUR HONOREES

Community Justice Award ­— Tepeyac honors individuals who have demonstrated lifetime commitment to the development and empowerment of communities and who promote inclusive opportunities for immigrants.

Benita Johnson Benita Johnson, Recording Secretary, Transport Workers Union Local 100 Began her union activist involvement through employment for New York City Transit in 1985,were she has worked as a Revenue Conductor, Quality Station Announcer and Construction Flagger. She served her union as a Shop Steward, Safety Inspector, volunteer organizer and Convention Delegate 2005, 2009. Benita has held a number of positions in various grass roots and educational organizations, she is a mother of two  sons who she raised primarily as a single parent. Currently she is the Chair of TWU Local 100’s Working Women’s Committee, an active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and the A. Philip Randolph Institute Ms. Johnson was elected as TWU Local 100’s Recording Secretary in December of 2009  

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Builders of the Future Award ­—Tepeyac honors individuals who have demonstrated lifetime commitment to the development and empowerment of communities and who promote inclusive opportunities for immigrants.

Jesus Perez Jesus Perez Mendez is Executive Director of the CUNY Working Task Force on Strengthening Educational Opportunities for the Mexican and Mexican-American Community, as well as Director of the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success at Brooklyn College. He was elected in 2009 to serve, a three year term, as a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (CCIME) representing New York, New Jersey and Connecticut where he participates in the Education and Honor and Justice Committees. He is a proud founding member of the Mexican American Student Alliance (MASA) and serves as a board member of Mi Casa es Puebla, Mano a Mano, Community Board 7 in Brooklyn, Casa Puebla NY, and Mexican American Societies (MAS) among others. Mr. Perez was born in Tulcingo de Valle, Puebla a small town in the Mixteca region. At the age of ten his family came to the United States in search of better life and thanks to his parents, Jesus Perez Rodriguez and Camila Mendez Aguilar, he was motivated to stay in school so he could have a better chance of reaching the American Dream. He is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and completely attributes his success to the support and love he received from his parents and the world-class education he received in CUNY. He has dedicated his life to promoting higher education access for Latino Youth, in particular for the Mexican Community. He knows that the future of this Great Nation and the world depends on the preparation of the next generation of leaders. Young Latinos are eagerly awaiting the call to lead but it is our responsability as a society to continue opening the doors for those men and women following our footsteps. Mr Perez is humbled by this Award and wants to dedicate it to thousands of immigrant parents, like his, who courageously ventured to an unknown land in search of a better tomorrow for their children no matter the costs.

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ABOUT TEPEYAC

ABOUT US Asociación Tepeyac is a 501 (C) 3 organization constituted in 1998, whose mission is to promote the human rights of Latino immigrants, ease their integration into NYC life, and help them contribute to their communities. The cornerstone of Tepeyac’s mission is to provide Latino immigrants with the tools necessary for successful integration into the social life of NYC.

Our programs We provide literacy and counseling assistance to the Latino community city-wide. Our services include English as Second Language (ESL) classes, high school equivalency program (General Education Diploma GED) and college test preparation (Scholastic Aptitude Test SAT), family and labor counseling, youth development programs, and financial literacy programs. Through our Tepeyac Technology Center, the organization provides computer classes to improve the employability and workforce skills of participants.

English as a Second Language The program equips participants with English skills they need to navigate the job market and facilitate classroom environments that promote English competency for everyday life situations. There is a focus on developing students’ employment vocabulary: restaurants, service industries, and construction. The curriculum identifies a core set of general English language grammar principles within the context of topics of daily life rituals (going to the doctor, getting a job, managing money) and occupational vocabulary (interview, safety, performance). There are basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

College Test Preparation (Scholastic Aptitude Test SAT) The SAT classes are designed to help students gain confidence they need to pass and score high on the official SAT test. The SAT test was designed by the College Board and administered by the Educational Test Services (ETS) in order to determine whether or not an individual has the basic knowledge to succeed in a college program. Areas covered include Math, Critical Reading, and Writing.

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General Education Diploma Preparation Test

(GED or high school equivalency) This preparation is for participants who have not obtained their high school diploma. The GED classes are designed to improve students’ abilities to pass GED tests on writing, reading, social studies, science and mathematics. These academic skills prepare students for pre-college level credit Math classes. The classes consist of a combination of individual and group work exercises and practice tests.

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Economic Development The program includes Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial Education, seminars, and other initiatives to improve the economic conditions of Mexican New Yorkers. The program of Financial Literacy provides essential knowledge on banking, credit, debt management, and savings. To assist homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure, Tepeyac offers information and resources to help Spanish-speaking clients. Entrepreneurial Education includes four courses: Business Development, Legal Issues of Small Businesses, Bookkeeping, and Administration.

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ABOUT TEPEYAC

Tepeyac Information Technology Center. The Tepeyac Technology Center offers computer literacy, and computer employability and workforce development programs using the Microsoft® Unlimited Potential Curriculum. •The Module I offers Computer Literacy and includes a basic understanding of hardware, software concepts, e-mail, Word Processing, video calls, web surfing skills, and data storage in computers and in external devices. •The Module II provides computer workforce development and preliminary technical certification preparation so students can build their IT knowledge and skills needed to compete in today’s workforce. Classes include MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. •The Module III provides students with computer productivity application classes: two Hardware Courses (Repair and Maintenance, and Software Configuration and Installation), Adobe® Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Encore, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash, AutoCAD 1, and AutoCAD 3D. This program trains students with the technology skills they need to succeed in global economy.

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Asociacion Tepeyac De Nueva York In its Annual Gala 2011 Paving the Path for Leadership Through Education


WALK Youth Leadership Development Program The program develops participants’ leadership skills through workshops on personal growth, career awareness, and community involvement. The program also exposes participants to a series of activities that promote identity, cultural awareness, self-esteem, and organizational skills.

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Our Speaker Jay Hershenson

Jay Hershenson is Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York — the leading public urban university system in the nation. His portfolio includes the development and implementation of CUNY’s external relations program, including governmental, media and community relations, marketing, communications and CUNY-TV and the administration of the Board of Trustees’ agenda, meetings and records. He has served as Vice Chancellor since 1984 and has worked in senior level administrative positions for six CUNY Chancellors and with over 100 CUNY trustees since the mid-1970’s. He has made a lifelong commitment to education and, in particular, to the use of higher education to positively transform lives. Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson has pioneered major public service partnerships between CUNY, media organizations, and corporate leaders. Together with New York Daily News Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn, he proposed and supervised five “Citizenship Now!” call-ins, assisting over 40,000 immigrants. He initiated the “Voting Rights and Citizenship” calendar and curricula project, partnering CUNY with The New York Times, JPMorgan Chase, TIA A-CREF and The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives. He is the Senior Project Director for “The Women’s Leadership,” “A Nation of Immigrants,” “Let Freedom Ring,” and “City Life” calendars and curricula, again with the Times, corporate and archival partners. His continuing collaborations on higher education matters with colleagues, governmental officials, education reporters, community leaders, and the business and labor communities are a “work in progress.” Under the leadership of Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson, CUNY has also launched a Web site called “Sí, Se Puede!” or “Yes, you can!” aimed at luring Mexican students, and assures them that even without documents they can enroll. “Hopefully, someday soon there will be immigration reform in our nation,” Hershenson said. “But since we live in the present, we want to do everything we can now.”

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Proudly Supports Asociacion Tepeyac de New York M o n sign o r Ke v in Su lliv a n Executive Director The Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York

Feeding the Hungry and Sheltering the Homeless Strengthening Families and Resolving Crisis Supporting the Physically and Emotionally Challenged Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth For Help: 888.744.7900 To Help: 212.371.1000 ext. 2051 To Learn More: www.catholiccharitiesny.org

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HELPING VICTIMS RISE UP AFTER THE FALL

In her uncertainty, mommy decided to go to New York and search for daddy herself. The governor of Morelos supported the families of the victims and that was a significant aid for us. Once in New York, my mother started started searching at the Red Cross, and there she found that there were many other organizations working for the cause, among them was Tepeyac. One of the hardest parts of all this was the moment they told us that we had to start thinking of declaring my daddy dead. My mom was very reluctant to do that; she did not want to give up on her search, which, sadly, had been unsuccessful. However at Tepeyac they always offered the counseling she needed and they made her see that, as painful as it was, it was something that had to be done. A death certificate was necessary for any government aid program. After a few week mommy came back home. She brought back ashes, but that was only symbolical because my dad’s body never showed up. Nonetheless, we had a Mass for him, and a proper funeral, just as if his real ashes were really there.

iovanna Marleth Ortega Mendoza

10 years later... I have always been interested in tourism and international affairs. I always liked the job flight attendants have, travelling the world and talking with people from all over the world. But for my dream to come true, I first need to learn English. That’s why after I finished high school I told my mother that I wanted to study English in New York.

Giovanna Marleth Ortega Mendoza is the daughter of Juan Ortega Campos, a hard working man like many others, left the comfort of his home to give his family a better life. He used to work at a restaurant at the first floor and made deliveries to all floors of the tower. Juan Ortega may not be today with Giovanna, but he has left her with great opportunities to study for which Giovanna is Giovanna currently studies at Berlitz Language Center. She has 2 enormously thankful. This is how she remembers that day: older brothers who study in Mexico. The oldest is to become a My dad came to New York when I was 6 years old. I remember he left for the US physician from the Escuela Medico Naval, and the other brother right after my birthday. We all went to say goodbye to the bus stop and my moth- is studying robotic engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey er told me he was going away temporarily to work. I was very young and I couldn’t (ITESM). Giovanna would like to study international relations. understand what was going on, I kept asking my mom where was daddy. He Her ambition drives her to apply to Harvard University, but she eventually called one day and told us he was fine and that we shouldn’t worry. And equally considers prestigious Tecnologico de Monterrey as well. since then not a day would go by without him calling us. Every night we would talk to him over the phone. When he called I was usually playing outside and when my brother yelled my name I’d go running because I knew daddy was on the phone.

She understands the loss of her father positively and is proud of what he and her mother have done for On that day (9/11) I came back from school and mommy was watching the news. her and her siblings. She told me about a terrorist attack in New York, but I was a little kid and little kids normally don’t think about negative things like terrorist attacks. I had no idea of the magnitude of what had just happened. We tried to contact daddy but it was very difficult to establish communication since all the lines were busy. When my mom’s call finally got through, she talked to a friend of daddy, one of his roommates. He said she shouldn’t worry since daddy had called him and said that he was fine. However, many years later I’m still wondering if this friend was telling the truth or if he just said that to calm us down.

Only God knows why these things happen, but I must say that we as a family have grown stronger, closer.

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omas Figueroa Medina Of all the jobs Mr. Tomas Figueroa Medina has had, none has been as life-changing as working at a restaurant at 130 Liberty St during 9/11. Mr. Figueroa moved from Mexico City to Brooklyn in 1990, and has been a Brooklyn resident ever since. In 1999 he got a job working at the 4th floor restaurant located inside the former Deutsche Bank Building. The day before was like any other day, my day started at 6:00am, I got off work at 2pm. But there was something I felt when I got on the subway train. I remember I was sitting close to the door, when this person came rushing in as the doors were closing. And that’s when I felt a sudden gust of cold wind; it was as if death were present right there. That day (9/11) like any other day, I got to work at 5:30 am, you go past security and swipe your card to go in the building and start work, as always. I was in charge of receiving all our produce orders; check that they were in good condition. And it was pretty much the same routine day after day. However that morning, we noticed that there weren’t many clients, which was very unusual. At 8am we see a lot of people coming in to get breakfast, and it was very odd to see our 800-peopledining room almost empty. Since there weren’t many people, we had our breakfast earlier than usual, and it was then when we heard the tremendous impact. The glass walls were shuttering so hard that some even broke. 2 World Trade Center was right in front of us and from the windows we could see all sorts of objects falling; the sky was covered with papers as if it were a parade. I could clearly distinguish chunks of burning metal falling down on the street.

“I am going back to the basics and recently went back to drawing on my sketchbook.”

The people from security told us to stay away from the windows and to get back to work. It wasn’t until we heard the second plane crash that we were told to evacuate. The first thing I did when I got out of the building was to run to the train station on Broadway. I took a 4 or 5 train, which I think was the last one before they shut the subway system down. Inside the train, people were very nervous and could not believe what they had just seen. And if that wasn’t enough, as we were crossing under the East River, the train stopped and we stayed there for 20 minutes. People stated yelling and it got a bit hysterical. I was just thankful to God that “I have always enjoyed teaching. Even before coming to the United States, I a few minutes later I was able to get back home to my wife and kids. taught at a rural secondary school in Chalco, a suburb of Mexico City. And it is very gratifying to see how people challenge themselves and how they eventually I found out about Tepeyac thanks to ROC-NY, a community-based or- improve and get ahead. I am constantly encouraging my students to always aim ganization founded by members of the restaurant Windows on the for something better; and at the same time you learn a great deal from your World, which used to be students as they impel you to become more knowledgeable, because you always want to teach them new things”. on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower. Mr. Figueroa currently teaches computer classes at Tepeyac and, ac- I would like to encourage all the generous donors to support Tepeyac. This is a source of skilled labor, and it is important to keep it alive. People come here and cording to students, his classes are very affable and joyful. receive training in computer literacy, among other things, because they want to prosper themselves, but also improve the community they live in. 024—Annual Gala 2011


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Erandi Trevino Erandi Trevino Is a full-time student at Seton Hall University where she has been awarded a merit scholarship and is majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations with a double major in Latin American studies and a minor in economics. Mrs. Trevino is an intern at Asociación Tepeyac where she serves as the ESL program coordinator. Apart from her eighteen credit course load, Erandi is actively involved in extracurricular activities around campus. She is an At-Large Senator in the Student Government Association where she works to represent the opinions of her constituents. Twice a week she also volunteers for the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute. She works part-time at the admissions office of the University where as a student ambassador to prospective students and their families. Her passion is Latin American history and the parallels that exist with our present society in both Mexico and other Latin American countries. Her goal is to help bridge the large economic gap in Mexico through empowerment and economic development.

Edson Hector Flores Edson Hector Flores was born in Portland, Oregon to a psychologist mother and an economist father. At age 8 his family moved to the colorful Mexico City. Edson is currently enrolled in Cuny’s Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, he is also a volunteer at Asociacion Tepeyac de New York and a member of the WALK youth leadership program, being its purpose to get young people involved in their community and motivate them to pursue a higher education. Edson joined the movement to support the Dream Act ever since he got to New York City. Edson plans to major in Economics and minor in International Business.

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