Uplifting the Next Generation of Mexican-American & Underprivileged Students

AVANZA is passionate about inspiring the next generation of Mexican-American and underprivileged students to pursue their dreams through a strong education while providing a support network along the way. Together, we can advance and further contribute to society. Watch the videos below to learn about three outstanding role models.

Luz Rivas is a graduate of MIT and Harvard, founder of DIY Girls,  past Public Works Commissioner in LA, and now represents the San Fernando Valley in the California State Assembly.

Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa came to this country as a undocumented farmworker and worked his way up to be a neurosurgeon, author and researcher.

Jose Hernandez worked his way from farmworker in California as a youth to being the first Mexican-American NASA astronaut. You can also watch the movie based on Jose's life story, A Million Miles Away, on Amazon.

AVANZA Earns Great Dome Award

Avanza was selected as a 2018 winner of the annual MIT Great Dome Award. The award ceremony was held on September 21, 2018 at the MIT Alumni Leadership Conference in Cambridge, MA.

Congratulations to all members of Avanza for this wonderful recognition of your volunteer efforts inspiring our communities through the group efforts.

Accepting the award on behalf of Avanza were Rene Gonzalez, Eduardo Grado, and Frances Pinedo.