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Archives On The Air 250: HOPE - Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education

The Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education, also known as HOPE, is a Laramie County nonprofit. HOPE recognizes and celebrates the achievements of Hispanic youth in Cheyenne. Students have the opportunity to compete in an essay contest reflecting on their Hispanic heritage.

Many write about the advantage of being bilingual and the importance of strong family ties. Some celebrate their pride in an Aztec heritage or their love of traditional foods like tamales and menudo. The essays also reflect the challenges of growing up as a first generation American, and the painful feelings of being subjected to discrimination and stereotyping.

Some students describe visits to grandparents in Mexico and celebrations like Cinco de Mayo, which honors the victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862.

Learn more about the HOPE scholarship recipients in the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education collection at UW’s American Heritage Center.