October 22, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month

The month of September is officially designated as Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” as stated by the Library of Congress.

Parents and children can learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month through the following educational websites:

The following are some interesting facts (via PR Newswire, GobiernoUSA.gov and USA.gov) about the Hispanic community, which continues to grow in both numbers and contributions to the social, economic and cultural life in the United States:

Population and Language
Key Facts: Hispanics are the largest minority group in the country with more than 50.5 million people, or 16.3 percent of the population. 35 million people speak Spanish at home and more than half of those say they speak English “very well,” according to the Census Bureau.

Did you know?: The Federal Government launched the Spanish-language portal GobiernoUSA.gov in 2003 to provide meaningful and useful information for people with limited English proficiency. It’s the sister site of USA.gov. Both portals centralize information on federal programs and services.

Last Names
Key Facts: Several Hispanic last names make the list of the top 15 most common last names in the United States. The most popular Hispanic last name was Garcia, in eighth place, according to the 2000 Census. Rodriguez, Martinez and Hernandez took the ninth, 11th and 15th places, respectively.

Did you know?: You must let the Social Security Administration know if you change your name. Otherwise the agency will not properly record your earnings, which might affect your Social Security benefits.

Armed Forces
Key Facts: There are currently more than 1.33 million Hispanics serving in the nation’s Armed Forces. Additionally, there are about 1.1 million Hispanics 18 years or older who are veterans of the Armed Forces.

Did you know?: Almost all males who live in the United States and are between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service, even those who lack proper immigration documents. This is required so that the country knows who it can enlist in case of a national emergency. Individuals who don’t register could lose government benefits or even be denied a job.

Small Businesses
Key Facts: Hispanics are businesspeople. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States grew by 43.7% from 2002 to 2007, according to the latest census figures. The rate of growth was double that of the rest of the population.

Did you know?: The Small Business Administration offers business training as well as a wide range of financing programs to help all small businesses. The agency also has programs designed to help minority businesses, including those owned by Hispanics and women.

Education
Key Facts: At the time of the last Census, 63% percent of Hispanics 25 and older had at least a high school education. Also, 14% of Hispanics 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree.

Did you know?: The federal government offers financial assistance such as loans and scholarships to people who want to go to college. Help is provided through Federal Student Aid, an office of the Department of Education.

USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov are the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Enjoy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Joscelyn, Owner of Mami of Multiples & Mami Innovative Media

Joscelyn Ramos Campbell has more than a decade of experience as an award-winning former federal government public relations executive under the Bush and Obama administrations. The “super-connected power mom“ was recently named by Latina Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Latina Mommy Bloggers on the Web“; by CBS News as one of the “Top Bloggers in the Business“; by NBC Latino Work-Life Balance series as a “Top Latina Mom Blogger“; an Empowering Latina in the Marketing Field; by CNBC.com as a Top Latino Social Media Stars and Leading Hispanic Bloggers. She is the owner of Mami Innovative Media and founder of Mami of Multiples, one of the nation’s leading Latina American parenting and lifestyle sites offering resources and helpful tips for families. She is a nationally syndicated Parenting Columnist and co-hosts a Talk Radio Show. Joscelyn is a public speaker, military wife and mother to a teen son and identical twin boys. Connect with Joscelyn at @JoscelynRC & @InnovativeTalk.

Comments

  1. What an awesome guide for all things Hispanic Heritage related! This is smart.

  2. I love all this info. I’m going to check out some of the links.

    I already new I had a very popular last name, though.

  3. Great post ! thanks for sharing the info ! :)

  4. Such great info & resources! Totally going to use this to celebrate this month with my daughters.

  5. Perfect guide…. Thanks for sharing I will have to look into some of these links!

  6. I LOVE this! Thank you – will be sharing this for sure :)

  7. I love the SBA stats… my dad works in a high level position there and he never shares this kind of info with me! ha. Looking forward to all the HHM activities, recipes and programs!

  8. Thank for the stats and the video. Wow 1.1 million Hispanics in the Military.

  9. This is a great post. Clears up many misconceptions. Thank you!

  10. Awesome post Joscelyn!! :) I learned a lot, especially about Selective Service.

    -Gabie

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