The Oakland Raiders will honor Beatriz Leyva-Cutler with the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards (HHLA) on October 19th at Raiders home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler is the Executive Director of The Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. (BAHIA) located in West Berkeley. BAHIA is one of the only full-time bilingual child development programs providing vital early to school age care services to the Hispano/Latino familias in Northern Alameda County. She has been with BAHIA since 1980 and the Executive Director for over 26 years.
< p>Her primary responsibility is supervising, administering and managing four bilingual child development programs, Centro VIDA, Bahia School Age Program, La Academia de Centro VIDA and Academia de Bahia. Beatriz has taught Child Development in Spanish in local community colleges as a way to bring more Latinas into the position of Teachers and Directors.
With support from Verizon, each award recipient will select an organization that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation. Leyva-Cutler has chosen BAHIA Inc. and the Chicana Latina Foundation to receive the donation.
“This recognition is not only for me – but for the many Latinos and supporters who advocate and work in schools, bilingual education, child care programs and youth development and leadership,” said Leyva-Cutler.
Verizon’s participation in this initiative is part of the technology company’s “Heritage of Tomorrow” program, which recognizes how Hispanics are helping to shape the nation’s future in areas including entrepreneurship, science and innovation.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity for Verizon to join with the nation and celebrate the contributions of 32 individuals who are making an impact in their communities,” said Jay Jaffin, Vice President of Marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Our participation in the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards is part of our larger commitment to share our success with the communities where we live and work.”