As a community activist she has served or been a member of numerous organizations, they include: Pennsylvania Hispanic Journalists & Writers Association, Women of Color Caucus – Chair, Criminal Justice Commission – Commissioner, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights – Correspondence Secretary, Hispanic Media Coalition - Vice-chair, The Authors Registry, The National Women’s Organization, The Professional Women of America, , The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, and The Manchester Who’s Who.
Iris Violeta has been the recipient of many awards such as: The American Poetry Award – The Amherst Society Poetry Award – The President Award For Literary Excellent – The International Poet of Merit Award – The National Authors Registry Award for Literary Excellent – The Poet Laurel Award for Poetic Achievement –– Channel 6 ABC Award for Journalism Excellent – The International Poet Laurel of the Year Award - Resolution No. 781 City of Philadelphia for Literary Accomplishments – National Image Leadership Award for Excellence and Commitment on Literature – Most Influential Latino Award – Channel 6 ABC Latina Woman Award – Delaware Valley Woman of the Year Award.
Iris Violeta has been a long time member of the National Association of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW). She has served as their National President (2004-2006), President of the Philadelphia Chapter and First Vice- president to the National Board.
“Having worked with numerous governmental and private agencies in the past, I can honestly say that the Pennsylvania State Police holds its members to the highest professional standards.
Being a member of the Pennsylvania State Police has provided me with some of the most rewarding experiences and memories that will last a life time.
Working as part of the recruitment team affords me the opportunity to network and inform the community about our department. It also gives me the chance to meet some of our future’s best and finest members. It is a great honor to be serving this country’s first and finest State Police agency.”
The Hispanic Choice Awards honors Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware’s Latino professionals, organizations and businesses across all sectors and the important contributions they make via a high production awards ceremony and entertainment event.
The HCA is a three-part elegant affair; a VIP reception, a red carpet entrance and an awards show featuring live performances from today’s top Latin music performers and appearances by local & national leaders.
Established in 2004 as an intimate affair to honor the local Latino business community, the HCA has grown to be the most widely anticipated Latino event in the Delaware Valley. The event attracts over 1,000 industry leaders, community advocates, business owners and community members.
Director, Youth Programs for Juniata Boys and Girls Club
Javier is a hard working family man who dedicates his free time to creating a safe haven for the youth in the area.
Photography By: Hugo Umpierre
For the month of March 2012, El Zol Philly would like to recognize Alejandra Luna who is a Resource Specialist at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Alejandra serves the community with empathy and passion. We deeply admire her strength and leadership abilities. For these reasons we would like to name Alejandra Luna as El Zol's March Community Hero.
Photograph by: Craig Morse, Culture: Subculture Photography
This month of February 2012 El Zol Philly would like to give recognition to Sister Helen Cole for her outstanding achievements in the community. Sister Helen Cole has a remarkably gentle and peaceful demeanor, not to mention a great sense of humor. We deeply admire her accomplishments and dedication. For this reason we would like to award Sister Helen Cole as February’s Community Hero.