This website is dedicated to providing a background on the Hispanic Youth Foundation of Northern Virginia (HYF of NOVA) with a specific emphasis on the Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Teacher of the Year Award Application process.
In the fall of 1997, several Hispanic business owners of Northern Virginia met to discuss how they could assist local school systems address the low performance of Hispanic students. This initial meeting fueled the idea of creating an educational foundation dedicated to raising funds to support educational programs designed to assist Hispanic students at risk in Northern Virginia. In February of 1998, the Hispanic Business for Youth Foundation (HBYF) was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) 3 public foundation with an initial membership of twenty-two Hispanic CEOs. In 2005, the foundation became simply known as the Hispanic Youth Foundation (HYF).
Since 1998, the Hispanic Youth Foundation of Northern Virginia (HYF of NOVA) has dedicated its financial resources to helping Hispanic students achieve their full potential by developing and implementing creative education solutions to overcome poor academic motivation, cultural isolation and other barriers. In 2007, the HYF Board of Directors decided to exclusively focus their financial resources on the Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Teacher of the Year Award as a way of recognizing and encouraging teachers who have demonstrated exemplary resulting in working with Hispanic students in Northern Virginia.
To achieve this objective, HYF entered into an alliance with Marymount University. First, HYF established an endowment with Marymount University. Second, Marymount University School of Education and Human Services invited HYF to present the Victoria D. de Sanchez award at the annual School of Education and Human Services awards dinner.
Please refer to the tab above entitled Annual Teacher of the Year Award. The qualifications, nomination process and selection criteria are described therein. All applications must be submitted by 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014.
The winner will be announced at the Marymount University School of Education and Human Services Awards banquet on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7 pm.