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Passion, pride strong for students in Esperanza Academy Dance Ensemble. 6abc Action News; October.13, 2021

The Esperanza Academy Dance Ensemble has about 25 students at Esperanza Academy Public Charter High School. Perhaps you’ve seen their incredible performances around the city. For these 15 to 18-year-olds, this is where talent and dedication meet passion and pride. “It brings them joy, empowerment, and self-esteem,” said Tania Ramos Otón, the Dance Teacher at…
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Hispanic organization marks 35 years investing in North Philly community

The reverend Luis Cortés jr., 62, gave the invocation prayer at Barack Obama’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration Luncheon, conferred with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about not separating migrant families at the border and sipped tea with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Yet wherever Cortés goes, his heart stays in El Barrio: the streets of North Philly’s…
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Philadelphia’s faith leaders partner with one another and the city to increase vaccine access in communities of color – WHYY; June. 12, 2021

Rev. Rubén Ortiz is the director of national programs at Esperanza, a faith-based nonprofit working to strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, and advocacy. Even before the vaccine was available, access to COVID testing in Philadelphia’s predominantly Hispanic Hunting Park neighborhood was close to nonexistent. And according to Ortiz, many in this community make…
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