La oficina de Conexión Américas en Casa Azafrán cambiará de horario durante el mes de diciembre:

Estaremos cerrados durante los siguientes días:

  • 8 de diciembre
  • 25 y 26 de diciembre

Los días de diciembre 18 a 21 estaremos abiertos de 9:00am – 5:30pm.

El día 22 de diciembre estaremos abiertos de 8:00am – 2:00pm.

Los días 27 y 28 de diciembre nuestra oficina estará cerrada pero podrá contactarnos por medio de teléfono de 9:00am – 5:30pm (615) 320-5152.

El día 29 de diciembre nuestra oficina estará cerrada pero podrá contactarnos por medio de teléfono de 9:00am – 2:00pm (615) 320-5152.

Holiday Hours for Conexión Américas and the front desk at Casa Azafrán:

12/8 – Closed

12/18 – 12/21 9:00am – 5:30pm

12/22 8:00am – 2:00pm

12/25 – 12/26 Closed

12/27 – 12/28 Front door closed, but the main phone line will be answered from 9:00am – 5:30pm

12/29 Front door closed, but the main phone line will be answered from 8:00am – 2:00pm


Date posted: December 7, 2017

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Time is running out for almost 9,000 Tennesseans. Will you join us to raise your heart and voice for Dreamers? Urge congress to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of the year! Please call our senators during this Week of Action for Dreamers.

This past Saturday hundreds of Nashvillians kicked off the Week of Action at Casa Azafrán for our Holiday Bazar and Day of Action, raising our hearts and voices behind the ideal of an INDIVISIBLE nation that celebrates the roots and possibilities of all its people.

While shopping for artisan food and gifts from dozens of local vendors, Nashvillians wrote over 300 postcards and left voicemail messages urging our legislators to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of the year. Thousands of immigrant youth have already lost their ability to work and study because President Trump ended the DACA program with no legislative plan in place.  

If you couldn’t make it for the Day of Action you can still lend your voice to the efforts to support immigrant youth who are contributing to our communities and economy.

During this Week of Action we ask you to call and email our Tennessee Senators every day. We hope to get 500 more calls and emails by the end of the week. When you call or email, add a heart to this post so we can add you to the tally.

Here are some ideas of what you can say:

    • Time is running out for the millions of young immigrants who are American in all but paperwork. President Trump created this crisis by ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and now it’s up to Republicans in Congress to join with Democrats to pass legislation.
    • Dreamers are us. While some are still students in high school, others are already doctors, lawyers, engineers and teachers.
    • This is urgent: Dreamers are already losing their DACA status. Since DACA recipients cannot renew their DACA status, many are already starting to lose their protected status. Young immigrants are having to put their dreams on hold. Many risk losing their jobs and having to postpone their higher education plans.
    • Do you know a dreamer? Share how they’ve impacted your life.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker
3322 West End Avenue, Suite 610
Nashville, TN 37203
Facebook | @BobCorker
Twitter | @SenCorker
Instagram | @SenBobCorker

Hello my name is ______________________________, and I live in [ CITY or ZIP]. I am calling to thank Senator Corker for his previous support of immigration reform and urge the Senator to support the Dream Act to protect young immigrants, including almost 9,000 Tennesseans, who are part of our economy and communities. Thank you.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander
3322 West End Avenue, Suite 120
Nashville, TN 37203
Facebook & Instagram | @SenatorLamarAlexander
Twitter | @SenAlexander

Hello my name is ______________________________, and I live in [ CITY or ZIP]. I am calling to thank Senator Alexander for his previous support of immigration reform and urge the Senator to support the Dream Act to protect young immigrants, including almost 9,000 Tennesseans, who are part of our economy and communities. Thank you.

U.S. Representative Jim Cooper [or Find Your Representative]
605 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | @JimCooper

Hello my name is ______________________________, and I live in [ CITY or ZIP]. I am calling to thank Representative Cooper for his longstanding support of a welcoming community and urge him to support the Dream Act to protect young immigrants, including almost 9,000 Tennesseans, who are part of our economy and communities. Thank you.

As 2017 draws to an end, let’s push our legislators to make sure this is a happy holiday season for everyone– including our immigrant neighbors, colleagues and friends.

Date posted: December 4, 2017

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On Thursday, October 19th, Conexión Américas hosted the 10th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony and announced the winners of the Orgullo Hispano and Amigo We Love Awards.

Orgullo Hispano

The Orgullo Hispano, or Hispanic Pride, Award recognizes unsung heroes in our community: Latino adults or young people who have been persistently working to better their immediate community –neighborhood, school, work place, nonprofit or civic organization. 

This year we honored two outstanding young Latinos who have been part of our familia for years: Berenice Oliva and Arturo Prieto Valdes. Both participated in our college access program, Escalera, at Glencliff High School, with Arturo graduating in our first class of students in 2015, and Berenice in 2016. Both now study at Trevecca University and are recipients of the Equal Chance for Education scholarship, which helps undocumented students pay for college. They both have become outspoken advocates for the community of young immigrant “Dreamers” here in Tennessee.

Two years ago Berenice was a finalist in the high school essay contest. Her essay back then still exemplifies her attitude and determination:

“I am not going to give up. Nowhere in my American Dream have I listed “giving up” as an option. I will fall and cry, but I will get back up until I get to the finish line of my goal. I will seek out help from other organizations that want to support me on this new pathway of my life. I will look for scholarships that can put me through college, and I will work hard to pay for what cannot be covered by the gifts of others. I am determined to stay dedicated to my dream, even when things get really tough. I will always try to get on the positive side. I know my American Dream is big, but I know I can do this.”

She continues to pursue her dream now, as a student of social work at Trevecca Nazarene University, with plans to later pursue a master’s degree.

Arturo joined the Conexión Américas familia during his high school years as well, and along with his parents starred in our 2015 short documentary The Bonds that Drive Us- a powerful story of his parents’ sacrifice and his dreams as a young person growing up in Nashville. He also was one of the students selected to meet President Obama when he visited Casa Azafrán in December 2014. He has stayed very involved with organizations at Trevecca, where he is a junior studying international business and public policy and also volunteers with Casa Azafrán partner the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition’s Jovenes Unidos Por Un Mejor Presente (JUMP).

Conexión Américas is proud to see them both develop into strong young Latino leaders. They courageously speak out about their status as a DACA recipients and advocate for a just solution for the many Dreamers like them whose parents sacrificed so much to bring them to this country. They have traveled to Washington DC to meet with the staff of Senators Corker and Alexander, and Representative Jim Cooper. They bravely shared their stories and urged our legislators to approve a clean Dream Act that protects all immigrants.

Our last Orgullo Hispano award went to Beatriz Salgado, principal at Goodlettsville Middle Prep. Beatriz has been in Nashville 24 years, and started out as a counselor at Hillsboro High School.  Prior to becoming principal at Goodlettsville Middle Prep, Beatriz was assistant principal at Overton High School and was a member of the inaugural Governor’s Academy for School Leadership Fellows. Through her leadership, Overton High School partnered with several programs to provide leadership development and academic support to minority students. Beatriz has been a role model for minority students at the schools where she has worked. She constantly shows her students how to give back to our community continue to succeed. Conexión Américas honors Beatriz for her unwavering dedication to students and creating a supportive environment for Latino and other young people of color. It’s counselors and principals like Beatriz who make all the difference in our students’ lives.

Amigo We Love

Conexión Américas also presented the “Amigo we Love” award to Rashed Fakhruddin, president of the Islamic Center of Nashville. The Amigo we Love award recognizes a non-Hispanic individual who has helped empower Latinos through their work, their service or actions. Rashed has worked for Nashville Electric Service for over 20 years, and also serves on the Education Report Card Committee, MNPS’ Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Partnership Council and the Mayor’s and Nashville Public Education’s Inaugrual Parent Cabinet.

Rashed has worked tirelessly to ensure Nashville remains a welcoming community, where Latinos and all immigrants and refugees, are embraced as integral members of our communities. Key in that work are the annual diversity brunches at the Islamic Center of Nashville, where the Center opens its doors to Nashville, and invites the community to come together to eat and learn from each other. Rashed’s passion for empowering minorities in our community is also evident in his professional life. Last summer, Rashed hosted two Conexión Américas Escalera students from John Overton High School to intern at NES. The interns learned what it takes to work in an engineering environment, and gained a wonderful mentor and role model.

Past Winners Include:


Alvaro Manrique Barrenechea, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Alfonso Nieto, Hola Tennessee newspaper

Cecilia Gomez, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

‘Amiga We Love’ Award: Alice Randall, Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University


Leticia Alvarez, The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Luz Salazar, Neighborhood Health

Martha Zamudio, Community Volunteer

“Amiga We Love” Award: Lisa Quigley, Chief of Staff, Representative Jim Cooper


Verónica Zavaleta, Community Volunteer

José Flores, Metro Nashville Public Schools

The Latino Achievers Team of Carol Seals and Kathleen Fuchs

“Amigo We Love” Award: Dr. Michael Spalding and Equal Chance for Education.


Anne Moctezuma-Galicia, MLK Magnet School

Luz Belleza-Binns, Metro Schools Services

“Amiga We Love” Award: Kaki Friskics-Warren


Ruben de Peña,  Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Luisa Hough, Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee

“Amigo We Love” Award: Terry Horgan, Hispanic Services Director for Catholic Charities

Date posted: October 23, 2017

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Every year as part of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, high school students from Middle Tennessee are invited to participate in the Essay and Multimedia Contest for Young Latino Writers.

The purpose of this contest is to listen to the voices of the new generation of Latino voices in our community – Middle Tennessee high school students who reflected on the theme of “My Hispanic Roots, My American Dream.”

We would like to extend a special thank the teachers of Metro Nashville Public Schools, LEAD Academy, and University School Nashville for encouraging their students to submit essays and multimedia projects, and for all they do to celebrate our roots. 

This year Conexión Américas received the most entries ever in the ten years of the contest, and the selection committee had a difficult time deciding the four finalists. To recognize the outstanding work the students submitted, Conexión Américas decided to honor not just three finalists and a winner, but to also name three additional essays as honorable mentions.

The grand prize of a laptop computer went to Angel Flores, an 11th grader at Lead Academy, who wrote eloquently of his and his family’s motivations to move to the US and the struggles they still encounter despite being in the land of opportunity. Conexión Américas honored three more finalist essays, all which touch on similar themes: hard work and sacrifice, the difficulties of learning a new language and a hope to succeed with their own version of the American dream. The three honored essays were authored by Jeri Lopez, 9th grader at LEAD Academy; Eduardo Mendoza Zavaleta, 12th grader at Cane Ridge High School; and Yamilet Ortiz, 10th grader at University School of Nashville.

The honorable mention category featured three essays by: Jose Padron, 11th grader at LEAD Academy; Justin Martinez, 10th grader at LEAD Academy; and Yenni Guadalupe Gonzalez Salinas, 9th grader at University School of Nashville.

Winning Essays

Angel Flores vividly describes his home country, Mexico, and the reasons he and his family emigrated to the United States. He speaks fondly of the Mexico he knows, its proud and patriotic people, but also of the violence he and his family were forced to escape. While he misses Mexico, Angel is determined to stay in the US, his new home –even though it hasn’t been easy–to honor the sacrifices his family has made to get here.

He writes:

No volvería porque no desperdiciare las lágrimas, esfuerzo y sacrificio que mis padres que hicieron para venir a Estados Unidos, porque no desperdiciaría el último abrazo que le di a mi abuela, no desperdiciaría el “cada vez que me acuerdo de ti lloro todo el día” de mi abuela, no desperdiciaría el “se mejor de lo que yo alguna vez pude ser” de mi abuelo, no desperdiciaría el “me enorgulleces” de mi papa, no desperdiciare el “que te valla bien” de mi mama todos los días cuando voy al escuela. Porque nunca olvidaré esa tarde de Febrero cuando mi familia se reunió una última vez para decirnos adiós…

In English:

I wouldn’t go back because I wouldn’t waste the tears, the hard work and sacrifice my parents made to come to the US, because I wouldn’t waste the last hug I gave my grandmother, because I wouldn’t waste the “every time I think of you I cry all day” from my grandmother, because I wouldn’t waste the “be better than I could be” of my grandfather,” because I wouldn’t waste the “you make me proud” from my father, because I wouldn’t waste the “have a good day” from my mother everyday when I go to school. Because I will never forget that afternoon in February when my family got together for the last time to bid us goodbye.


Eduardo Mendoza Zavaleta was also a finalist last year. His essay exemplifies the struggle of young people who have spent most of their lives in the United States, but still long for the home that they left. He writes:

Over the years I have adopted the American culture. Living within a city where there music is constantly playing… At heart I feel at one with this country. Yet there is always a piece of me that will forever belong to my hispanic roots.

The bright beautiful colors. The sweet scent of freshly cooked bread. The nice calm sounds that could only be heard out in the country. This was my home. A beautiful town where there were not even concrete roads. Where my grandmother took us out to walk. I hope to one day see it again. Exactly the way it was as the day I left. I hope to see the beautiful colors painted across the outside of the hand made buildings. To once again be able to smell the same bread that was made by hand. To hear that nice calming sound that I have not heard since I have left. The day I finally experience these again, is the same day I can finally say I am home.

In her essay, Yamilet Ortiz thinks critically about what it means to be Hispanic in this country, and how it shapes her view on her American dream. She writes:

The first existential crisis I remember, the kind where you get all fidgety and nervous and you can hear your heart’s pulse through your ears, happened to me unexpectedly; I was eight. I never imagined that standardized testing could make me question my identity so much (or maybe it was the pre-test jitters getting to me). While filling out the personal information sheet, I was bemused by the overwhelming amounts of the different options of races to choose from. I thought, “How am I supposed to choose? What do I qualify as? ¿Quíen soy?” Heavily and neatly, with my #2 pencil, I filled in the bubble labeled “Hispanic”, and that’s what I’ve been identifying myself as for the past 7 years of my life.

Like many of our stand-outs, Jeri Lopez came to the US as a child not speaking any English. It was a long journey from Honduras to meet his parents, who had come in advance to start a life with which to welcome him, but he made it. He writes in English and Spanish:

Sí, estas son mis raíces hispanas pero yo creo que todos tenemos sueños americanos. Por ejemplo, el mío era aprender la cultura americana y sí lo logré. Mucha gente tiene mucha esperanza de lograr algo importante o feliz en sus vidas. Intentan y se caen y se levantan y se caen y se levantan pero nunca se rinden hasta lograr lo que quieren. América es el perfecto lugar para learn y trabajar para laugh and cry para cuidar and help para hacer oportunidades. You only need a little hope and that hope will grow and grow and never stop and yes, I can still smell my mango with chile and my papayas and tajadas and yes if you ask me where am I from I will answer blue and white with 5 stars. And yes, you will say “Honduras” and I will be glad to have my country near my side. I am from Central America and I cannot change my identity or my country or my habits or even my favorite singers but one thing that I am sure that I can change is to have a 2nd culture, a second language. But I will not change my mango and chile because it is favorite.

The first part in English:

Yes, these are my Hispanic roots, but I believe that all of us have American dreams. For example, mine was to learn the American culture, and I succeeded in that. Many hope to be successful in something important in their lives. They try and fail, get back up again and fail, get back up again and fail, but they never give up until they’ve accomplished what they’ve set out to do. America is the perfect place to learn and work, to laugh and cry, to help and make opportunities.

Honorable Mention Essays

Jose Padron writes of the hard work ethic his parents have instilled in him.

The first time I went to Mexico it hit me with how harsh was their life. I worked for less than a day in the fields and my body was done after one surco and I couldn’t imagine the pain in my back and arms after a full day of work every day. I had so much respect to my parents especially my dad because he started working different jobs at age 12. The hot climate in Mexico can be crucial so you would have to wear a Sombrero to protect you from the sun. You would have to put on a long sleeve shirt and pants to work. I have learned much more about my family and seen what they had to sacrifice for us to have a better life. The biggest sacrifice they had to do is leaving family members and not seeing them for many years. My parents came from nothing with a big family so it was hard for their parents to raise them with little money. They had to look out for each other and take care of their younger siblings.

Justin Martinez writes about the struggle to confront others’ expectations of who he should be and find his own identity.

All my life, I’ve been told I’m not a “real” Mexican. “Wait! You don’t eat guacamole?!” “You’re not gonna put salsa on your taco?” “What do you mean you don’t like soccer?” Everyone in my life questioned if I was really latino or not. My parents and my brothers refused to eat anything without my abuelita’s salsa. Meanwhile, I felt accomplished finishing an entire tortilla. At parties, I was the only one who didn’t know every single word to Selena’s “Amor prohibido”. But what set me apart from everyone else in my family was something bigger than my food preferences or my hobbies. I was the very definition of what a latino should never be. I was “unacceptable” and “disgraceful” in the eyes of my family and in the eyes of everyone else around me, for that matter. I was gay. Latino or not, everyone around me could always tell there was something off about me. People seemed, almost, horrified at the idea that I didn’t have the same goals as every other mexican boy around me.

In a truly poetic voice, Yenni Guadalupe Gonzalez Salinas expertly weaves Spanish sayings into an English essay claiming her rightful identity. She writes:

I come from a strong single mother who came to the United States of America to work all day and night to give her two children that opportunity to be a somebody in life.

I come from what I call “el barrio”, where everyone knows each other yet we can not trust each other, and it motivates me to study harder every single day to give my family a better life.

I come from the beautiful mariachi melody that makes me realize, I have goals and the time never stops running neither does the world stop turning, so I really should never stop trying.

I am from, “No puedes empezar desde arriba, siempre vas a empezar desde abajo y irte para arriba, y si te caes te tienes que levantar porque y si verdaderamente quieres algo vas a luchar hasta conseguirlo” because life has taught me that the roses come with thorns.

That phrase in English:

I am from, “you can’t start from the top, you are always going to start from the bottom and make your way up, and if you fall, you have to get up because if you really want something you’ll have to fight until you get it”

Thank you again to all the students who participate and the teachers who support and encourage them. We encourage all of you to participate again next year!

Date posted: October 23, 2017

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Nominate Your Unsung Hero

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, September 25th, 2017

As part of the activities of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration this year, Conexión Américas is calling for nominations for the tenth annual ORGULLO HISPANO Award. The award will recognize three Latino adults or young people who have been persistently but quietly working to better their immediate community –neighborhood, school, workplace, nonprofit or civic organization.


The ORGULLO HISPANO Award seeks to recognize Latino adults and young people living in Middle Tennessee who:

  • Love what they do, going above and beyond, and do it with contagious passion.
  • Work diligently, avoiding the limelight, because their greatest satisfaction is a job well-done that has a positive impact on others.
  • Demonstrate deep and sustained engagement over time in what they do.
  • Inspire others to get involved.
  • Do not call attention to themselves except as a way to garner attention for their causes.
  • Work hard and unselfishly to make a difference and have not been publicly recognized for their efforts.

Each of the three winners will be recognized through local media. In addition, winners will be featured on Conexión Américas’ website and electronic newsletter. The winners, joined by their friends and family, must be available to attend the award ceremony and reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 19th, 2017.


Do you know someone who embodies the spirit of the ORGULLO HISPANO Award? Please help us find this year’s three ORGULLO HISPANO Award recipients.

DEADLINE: Monday, September 25th, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.

Nomination: There is only one simple question to answer. Complete form here

For more information about Conexión Américas and our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, visit us online at or call us at (615) 320-5152

Nomina a un líder desconocido

La fecha límite para enviar nominaciones es el lunes 25 de septiembre del 2017

Este año como parte de las actividades de nuestra Celebración de La Herencia Hispana, Conexión Américas busca nominaciones para el Premio ‘ORGULLO HISPANO’. Este premio reconocerá a tres adultos o jóvenes Latinos/as que han trabajado con tenacidad, pero sigilosamente, para mejorar su comunidad, barrio, escuela, lugar de trabajo, organización sin fines de lucro o grupo cívico.


El Premio ‘ORGULLO HISPANO’ busca reconocer adultos y jóvenes Latinos/as que viven en la parte central de Tennessee y que:

  • Aman lo que hacen, dando más de lo esperado, y lo hacen con una pasión contagiosa.
  • Trabajan diligentemente, evitando la atención pública, porque su mayor satisfacción es un trabajo bien hecho que tenga un impacto positivo en otras personas.
  • Demuestran un compromiso profundo y constante en lo que hacen.
  • Inspiran a otros a involucrarse.
  • No buscan atención para sí mismos/as sino atención para su causa.
  • Trabajan tenaz y dadivosamente por el bienestar de su comunidad y no han recibido reconocimiento público por sus esfuerzos.

Cada ganador/a será reconocido/a a través de medios de comunicación locales (prensa escrita y televisión) durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana (15 de septiembre a 15 de octubre). Además cada ganador/a será reconocido/a en el sitio web y en el boletín electrónico de Conexión Américas. Los/las ganadores/as, acompañados/as por sus amigos y familiares, deben asistir a la ceremonia y recepción donde recibirán su premio el jueves 19 de octubre del 2017 a las 6:00 p.m.


¿Conoces a alguien que ejemplifique el espíritu del Premio ‘ORGULLO HISPANO’? Por favor ayúdanos a encontrar a los tres líderes desconocidos que merecen el Premio ‘ORGULLO HISPANO.

FECHA LÍMITE: El lunes 25 de septiembre del 2017 a las 11:59 p.m.

Nominación: Sólo tienes que contestar una pregunta simple. Encuentras el formulario aquí

Para más información sobre Conexión Américas y nuestra Celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, visita o llama al (615) 320-5152

Date posted: August 8, 2017

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Tenth Annual Young Latino Essay and Multimedia Contest
Entries must be submitted by Sunday, October 1st

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Conexión Américas is inviting students to participate in the 10th annual Young Latino Writers’ Essay and Multimedia Contest.

CONTEST DETAILS Latino high school students (9th through 12th grade) who live in Middle Tennessee are eligible to enter the contest. Applicants may enter one category only.

Theme: ‘My Hispanic Roots, My American Dream’

Language: English or Spanish entries accepted

Requirements and Guidelines. Choose one category to enter.

Essay Category
  • Original work of the student.
  • Up to 3 pages in length, typed in Times New Roman style font, 12 point font size, 1 inch margins on all sides, double-spaced throughout.
  • Entries can be submitted via e-mail to or delivered in person or by mail to: Conexión Américas, Attn: Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Multimedia (video or photo essay) Category
  • Original work of the student. May include family photos/video taken by others with permission
  • Video up to 5 minutes in length. Photo essay up to 20 photos with captions or commentary.
  • Links to entries on your youtube account/blog can be submitted via e-mail to or delivered in person or by mail on DVD/CD to: Conexión Américas, Attn: Hispanic Heritage Contest, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

All entries must include: Name of essay writer, teacher sponsor, school, grade, name of parent/guardian, address, county of residence, telephone number and email address if available.

  • Submitted work becomes the property of Conexión Américas.
  • The winner of the contest and two runner-up finalists must attend the awards ceremony and reception, tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, October 19th to receive the awards.

PRIZES The winner will receive a laptop/tablet computer. Two runner-up finalists will also be recognized and receive $100 each. In addition, winning entries will be featured on Conexión Américas’ website, other publications and social media platforms.

DEADLINE All entries must be received by Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, observed nationwide from September 15 to October 15, Conexión Américas and our sponsors celebrate the presence, contributions and rich cultural heritage of Latinos in the United States and in Tennessee.



Décimo Concurso de Ensayo y Proyecto Multimedia para Jóvenes Latinos

La fecha límite de entrega es el domingo, 1 de octubre

Para celebrar el mes de La Herencia Hispana, Conexión Américas invita a jóvenes Latinos a participar en el décimo Concurso Anual De Ensayo y Proyecto Multimedia para Jóvenes.

DETALLES DEL CONCURSO Jóvenes Latinos que viven en la parte central de Tennessee y que estén en preparatoria (9no a 12vo grado) están invitados a participar. Los solicitantes deben elegir una categoría para inscribirse.

Tema: “Mis Raíces Hispanas, Mi Sueño Americano”

Idioma: El ensayo o proyecto puede ser en inglés o en español.

Requisitos y Criterios. Elije una categoría para inscribirte.

  • Trabajo original del estudiante
  • No más de 3 páginas de largo, escrito electrónicamente en tipografía Times New Roman, tamaño de 12 puntos, con márgenes de una pulgada en cada lado y espacio doble.
  • El ensayo se puede enviar por correo o en persona a: Conexión Américas, ATTN: CONCURSO DE ENSAYO, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 o vía e-mail a
Proyecto Multimedia (video o ensayo de fotos)
  • Trabajo original del estudiante. Puede incluir fotos o video de familiares con el permiso de la persona que tomó la foto o video.
  • Duración del video –cinco minutos máximo. Ensayo de fotos un máximo de 20 fotos con subtítulos o comentarios.
  • Para entregar el proyecto puedes mandar un enlace del video en YouTube o en línea a o enviar Durun CD/DVD a: Conexión Américas, Attn: Concurso Multimedia, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

El ensayo/proyecto debe incluir la siguiente información: Nombre del escritor/a, maestro/a patrocinador, escuela, año/grado, nombre de un padre de familia o encargado legal, dirección postal, condado donde reside, teléfono y dirección electrónica (e-mail) si se tiene.

  • Los ensayos y proyectos recibidos se convertirán en propiedad de Conexión Américas.
  • El ganador o ganadora del concurso y dos finalistas deben asistir a la ceremonia y recepción donde recibirán su premio el jueves 19 de octubre del 2017 a las 6:00 p.m.

PREMIO El/la estudiante que gane recibirá una computadora personal. Dos finalistas también recibirán $100 cada uno, y serán reconocidos con certificados. Además, estos tres ensayos/proyectos serán publicados en el sitio web de Conexión Américas y en otras publicaciones.

FECHA LÍMITE: El 1 de octubre 2017 a las 11:59 p.m.

Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, conmemorado en todo el país del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, Conexión Américas y nuestros patrocinadores celebramos la presencia, las contribuciones y la rica herencia cultural de los Latinos en Estados Unidos y en el centro de Tennessee.

Date posted: August 4, 2017

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Join us for our next INDIVISIBLE Open House celebrating the United States’ Independence Day. | Únete a nosotros para celebrar la independencia de los Estados Unidos.

RSVP here | Entrada gratis

BISCUITS & TACOS! Two of our culinary incubator entrepreneurs will be selling lunch–City Kitchen’s southern brunch food and La Estrellita’s handmade tortilla street tacos. | DISFRUTA DE COMIDA Compra comida típica de Tennessee de City Kitchen y tacos de La Estrellia loncheria, ambos emprendedores de nuestra cocina comercial.

STORY BOOTH Share your story of what it means to be an American and what it means to be part of the Nashville community. | CABINA DE GRABACIÓN Graba tu historia de lo que te significa a ti ser parte de este país y esta comunidad.

RAISE YOUR VOICE Write postcards to our legislators supporting the principles of an INDIVISIBLE community. | ALZA TU VOZ Escribe cartas a nuestros legisladores con mensajes de apoyo para una comunidad indivisible.

CREATE COMMUNITY ART with interactive digital art and projects for kids. | CREA ARTE COMUNITARIO con arte digital interactivo y proyectos para niñ@s.

Join us anytime between 11a-2pm. Acompáñanos entre 11am y 2pm.

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Date posted: June 29, 2017

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Artists will lead a community mural created with coins from around the world representing the roots & routes of Nashville’s diverse residents at Azafrán Park on Nolensville Road.

Artistas locales van a crear un mural comunitario con monedas de todo el mundo como una representación de las raíces y los caminos de los residentes diversos de Nashville para el parque Azafrán en Nolensville Pike.

Bring your coins from around the world to | Trae tus monedas de otros países a:

Casa Azafrán | 2195 Nolensville Pike | Nashville

More info | Más información 

Alex Macias | | 615-320-5152


Date posted: June 21, 2017

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Six Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) students will attend a three-week policy debate institute at the University of Michigan from June 22 to July 9 as the result of a recent partnership between the Nashville Debate League and Conexión Américas. Participating students include, sophomores Herberth Sanchez and Brunny Lopez from Glencliff High School, sophomore David Martinez from Overton High School and juniors Angie Rodriguez, Vanessa Hernandez and Paola Pastor from Lead Academy.

The six participating MNPS students are first-generation Americans, all of whom aspire to be the first in their families to attend college. The University of Michigan Debate Institute is a great step toward that goal. The Michigan Debate Institute is a highly rigorous program attended by the most successful debate teams inthe country, including the winners of the last 12 Tournament of Champions in high school policy debate.

This summer, the nearly 400 students attending the camp will come from 37 states and will include students from Nashville private schools, Montgomery Bell Academy and University School of Nashville. The camp consists of a comprehensive lecture series on argumentation theory, debating skill workshops and practice debates. Students will also build a solid foundation of basic debate theory and will hone their analytical argumentation skills and persuasive speaking styles. Participating students will reside on the University of Michigan campus for the duration of the program and will attend lectures and workshops at the University.

The six MNPS students attending the debate camp are members of the Nashville Debate League (NDL), a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 to bring policy debate programs to MNPS. The league operates, in part, through a generous grant from the Nashville Public Education Foundation. With the newly available funding, the NDL seeks to expand their policy debate program in the eight high schools they already serve (Hillwood, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Hunters Lane, McGavock, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lead Academy, White Creek and East Nashville Magnet) and build two additional programs at Overton and Glencliff High Schools— two schools where Conexión Américas already operates an after-school college-access program.

To build the two new programs, the Nashville Debate League recently formed a partnership with Conexión Américas, a long-standing Nashville nonprofit whose mission is to build a welcoming community where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. Conexión Américas has recently expanded the scope of their work to include education policy initiatives in order to address the chronic educational disparities that exist with Latino students and other students of color in Tennessee.

“It is the ideal match,” said Alexza Barajas Clark, board member of the Nashville Debate League and research and communications manager at Conexión Américas. “To rely on the expertise of Conexión Américas in understanding the educational achievement gaps of students of color in Nashville and across the state is precisely what the NDL needed to ground the work that we do,” continued Barajas Clark.

“The University of Michigan Debate Program is thrilled to join with Conexión Américas on this innovative partnership. Diversity, equity and inclusion are major priorities for UM and this relationship increases our ability to attract top academic students from around the country to Ann Arbor for part of the summer,” said Aaron Kall, Director of Debate at the University of Michigan. “We have great hope that a positive camp experience will propel these students to strongly consider the University of Michigan as top choice for college. The recruitment process will begin immediately, as the students will spend significant time in top-notch University facilities and learn about the admissions process. We expect this will be only the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership that will pay strong dividends for everyone.”

Date posted: June 19, 2017

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Dreamers across Nashville received some respite today from the current Administration’s harsh rhetoric on immigration with the decision to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The move provides temporary relief to hundreds of young Nashvillians who worry about their status in this country while balancing school and work to support themselves and their families.

“I can still hope and shoot for the stars,” said Berenice Oliva, a 19 year old DACA recipient and social work major at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Started in June 2012, DACA allows certain people who came to the United States as children to qualify for deferred action from deportation proceedings and remain in the country. With DACA, many are able to come out of the shadows to live, work and study. Young people with DACA receive Social Security numbers in order to obtain employment, and, in some states – including Tennessee – can get a driver license.

“I can now focus on school instead of worrying about whether I will be able to renew my driver license when it expires next year,”Oliva added, pointing to the privileges that come with DACA status. As the only one in her family who can obtain a license, her family relies on her for transportation to and from work.

Oliva, a graduate from Glencliff High School, successfully completed Conexión Américas’ Escalera program, which promotes economic mobility for immigrant and refugee youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning and access to information about professional careers. She has just completed her freshman year at Trevecca Nazarene University. Without DACA, Oliva’s studies and professional development would become almost impossible.

The news today relieves many, however, others still face an uncertain future. While DACA remains untouched, the Administration rolled back another similar program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA would have provided protection to undocumented parents of US born children. Both were meant to be temporary solutions to fix a broken immigration system.

“Continuing DACA is a step in the right direction, but our leaders in Congress must also work to find permanent solutions and keep our families together,” said Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Conexión Américas.


Date posted: June 16, 2017

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