Latinx Heritage Month may be drawing to a close, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating. On Saturday, Oct. 12, LatinxEd will be hosting its second annual 20 Under 20 banquet, an event honoring 20 Latinx students from across the state who have established themselves as future change-makers. The event will last from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
LatinxEd is the only educational initiative in North Carolina that offers multi-year support to Latinx students and immigrant families that are seeking higher education opportunities. Last year, the organization launched the 20 Under 20 initiative, which focuses on elevating some of North Carolina's most exceptional Latinx students.
Verenisse Ponce-Soria, the program assistant and social media manager for LatinxEd, said that deciding who to select for the honor is a difficult task.
“We get so many amazing applications, it’s so hard to choose,” Ponce-Soria said. “All of these students are involved in a million different things and they’re so passionate. They do all these amazing things for their community and they tell us all about their identity journey, how being Latinx has impacted their life and how it has impacted their future and what they want to do with their future.”
Ponce-Soria also described the three pillars of Latinx 20 Under 20 — scholarship, leadership and community — and how each Listmaker embodies them in a different way.