“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Awards Night for Youth
Círculo de la Hispanidad founded Awards Night over thirty years ago in response to the dismal graduation rate of Hispanic students in Long Beach.
The concept of Awards Night is to recognize the achievements of youth including academic success as well as effort as a way to support and recognize youth at all levels from elementary school through high school. Also we have honored immigrant students in the bilingual and dual-language programs including non-Hispanics.
What has happened over the past thirty years has been a shift of culture where excellence is expected of students and the children and their families look for the Awards Night celebration to honor their achievements both academic and through effort.
Círculo asks the school district Principals to submit names of students every year for its Awards Night ceremony. Students are selected based upon academic achievement as well as effort. Círculo also recognizes non-Hispanic students including students in the Dual Language Program, and Language Department who have excelled or showed great effort. Over two hundred students are recognized each year.
Awards Night is also a celebration of the students that have been awarded a scholarship through Círculo de la Hispanidad. Each year Círculo accepts applications from students in Long Beach and Hempstead High School (where its offices are based) for scholarships for those accepted to college. The agency has a committee of volunteers from the schools, Círculo’s Board Members and others that uses special criteria to select applicants. Criteria includes volunteer work as well as effort and academic achievement.
Círculo Holiday Show:
Círculo holds its annual Winter Holiday show the First Friday in December. The event features children and adults in its cultural and dance programs. Performances including presentations by Círculo’s guitar classes, Tae Kwon Do, Salsa, Merengue and Flamenco students among other performances.
At the holiday show elementary school age children are invited to submit letters to the Three Kings. This is a cultural celebration that Círculo holds every January to distribute toys to children. Children must attend the holiday show to participate in the Three Kings Celebration event and to receive a gift.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Círculo conducts a variety of Hispanic Heritage Month activities every year to celebrate the culture and heritage of Hispanics.
Events include cultural activities with music, film, art, dance and other activities designed to celebrate Hispanic artists and enrich the lives of individuals learning about Hispanic culture.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Círculo holds an annual Mother’s Day Celebration the second Friday of May. The celebration features performances from Círculo’s children, youth and adult programs including guitar, Tae Kwon Do, Salsa, Merengue and Flamenco among other performances.
The celebration in held in Long Beach at the Linden School auditorium. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Long Beach office.
Círculo holds its annual Spring Gala every May. Individuals and companies are recognized for their contributions to the community. Funds raised from Círculo’s Spring Gala support college scholarships for high school graduates from Long Beach and Hempstead who are matriculating to college or vocational training institutions. In addition funds are used to support Círculo programming. Scholarships are distributed to youth at Círculo’s Annual Awards Night held in June.
Save the Date for Círculo’s Spring Gala 2015: Friday, May 15, 2015.
The event takes place at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York. For information on sponsorships contact Círculo’s Long Beach office.
Three Kings Cultural Celebration:
Círculo holds a cultural celebration each January for Three Kings Day, or Los Reyes Magos, a holiday in Spanish speaking countries which is celebrated on January 6th. Circulo celebrates this cultural holiday by distributing gifts to children on this day. Children need to have attended the Círculo holiday show in December in order to participate. Letters are given to the Reyes Magos at this time by the children attending. The children indicate their request for a gift on the letter. While Circulo cannot guarantee that every request is granted, all children that submit a letter at the Holiday Show in December are given a gift when they attend Círculo’s Reyes Magos celebration which is held at Circulo Center in Hempstead in mid-January.
Walk for Peace
WALK FOR PEACE OCTOBER 15, 2016
Long Beach, New York Boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard
Círculo de la Hispanidad began its “Peace Walk to End the Silence on Domestic Violence” with a purpose to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community and to provide information to break the silence on violence. It holds the walk every fall on the Long Beach boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard. The event begins with a program including different speakers following by a walk on the Long Beach Boardwalk.
Círculo’s Salva Domestic Violence Program posts educational information on large posters throughout the boardwalk in both English and Spanish offering facts, statistical information, and resource information about domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in our society. These educational posters also include artwork by children in Círculo’s youth programs.
The Salva Domestic Violence Program of Círculo de la Hispanidad has been in operation since 1984. Gil Bernardino, Founder and Executive Director of Círculo de la Hispanidad, created the program to serve the needs of the Spanish speaking community in Nassau County who was being victimized. At that time there was no bilingual hotline in New York State to help victims. Círculo created its bilingual English/Spanish hotline for victims of domestic violence, the first in New York State, and has been helping individuals ever since. “When you are in crisis, it is critical to have someone that speaks your language, to understand your pain and suffering, and to help you find support”.
Since its creation, the Salva program has helped to support hundreds of individuals and families over the past thirty years by providing them with advocacy and support to help them reach safety and live free from violence. Support services offered by the Salva program include weekly support groups in Spanish, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy including court advocacy, and education, in addition to the hotline. All staff are bilingual in Spanish and English.
For information on sponsorships, volunteering or to get involved with this event contact the Long Beach office at 516-431-1135