Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hispanic Achievers receives $50,000 gift from Nissan

Harding Place YMCA program develops academic and educational foundations, reinforces cultural identity, and cultivates leadership

Nissan North America, Inc. announced in August that it had contributed $50,000 to the Hispanic Achievers – a program of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

“Nissan is proud to support the Hispanic Achievers Program in its efforts to help the Hispanic community reach educational success,” said Stephanie Valdez Streaty, Sr. Manager of Philanthropy and Diversity Communications, Nissan North America, Co. “It provides us an opportunity to make a difference in the very neighborhoods we serve.”

The Hispanic Achievers Program’s purpose is to help children, youth, and adults in the Hispanic community achieve their educational goals and better their lives.

“Receiving support from a company of Nissan’s stature speaks volumes about its commitment to the community. Nissan’s generous contribution will help the Hispanic Achievers Program make a greater impact on Hispanics’ lives,” said Josias Arteaga, Director, YMCA Hispanic Achievers Program. “We’re thrilled that Nissan shares our commitment to education and this partnership will have a lasting impact in Hispanic communities across Nashville. We deeply value the support that the Nissan family has provided our efforts.”

The Hispanic Achievers Program also seeks to direct families on the right path, looking for ways to develop strong academic and educational foundations, to discover their cultural identity, and to establish leadership roles among its participants. Nissan recognizes the numerous strides that the Hispanic Achievers Program has made since its inception in 1992.

Nissan has long been a major contributor of other Hispanic organizations across the country including the National Hispana Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and is a proud long-time sponsor of the Copa Nissan Sudamerica.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and

Pictured, from left, are: Lucia Munoz, Hispanic Achiever; Karla Munoz, Hispanic Achiever; Josias Arteaga, Hispanic Achievers Director; Jim Barr, Harding Place YMCA Board Chair; Amy Kerr, Harding Place YMCA Executive Director; Dennis Bermudez, Hispanic Achiever; Stephanie Valdez Streaty (Nissan), Alexandra Amelang (Nissan), Stewart Bronaugh, YMCA of Middle Tennessee We Build People Co-Chair; Senora Munoz, Hispanic Achiever; and Jan Berry, YMCA of Middle TN Sr. Regional Development Director.

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