'Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo (Each Mind Is A World)' - The Hispanic Education & Media Group's (HEMG) Award Winning Film and Curriculum That Targets Hispanic High School Dropout Prevention - Launches Fundraiser for a Statewide New Mexico Program

Special Guests of Honor - Carlos and Deborah Santana - to Participate in

HEMG's August 2nd Benefit and Live Auction in Albuquerque



A Limited Edition Santana II Guitar to Be Featured



Jul 24, 2003, 01:00 ET from Hispanic Education & Media Group, Inc.

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hispanic Education & Media
 Group, Inc. (HEMG) launches an initial "rollout" for "Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo
 (Each Mind Is A World)," the award winning High School Hispanic Dropout
 Prevention and Leadership Development Program, with an August 2, 2003
 fundraiser in Albuquerque, NM.  This private event will be hosted by
 Ambassador & Mrs. Ed Romero and co-hosted by Governor Bill Richardson, Lt.
 Governor Diane Denish and Cabinet Secretary Edward J. Lopez, Jr.  Proceeds
 will help establish the initial momentum for a statewide effort that will
 serve as a model for a national initiative targeting Hispanic youths
 (ages 13-18) who are "at risk" for school failure.
     In addition to their participation, the Santanas have donated a limited
 edition, Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Santana II guitar to be featured in a live
 auction at the August 2nd event.  The Santana II is an exquisite, "special
 order only" instrument handcrafted from the finest "Artist Grade" curly maple
 and Brazilian rosewood.  Much of the design and construction on the Santana II
 pays tribute to the very first hand-made guitars that Paul made for Carlos
 over two decades ago.  The retail value of this world-class instrument is
 $6,000, and the experience of owning it -- and playing it -- is truly
 priceless.  Those present on August 2nd will have the rare opportunity to
 place bids to acquire it for their personal collection.
     HEMG was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been dedicated to
 improving the quality of life in the Latino community through broad-based
 media and educational initiatives since 1989.  In addition to gracious
 supporters Carlos and Deborah Santana, actors Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos
 and playwright Luis Valdez have been active supporters since HEMG's inception.
 HEMG's flagship program, Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo, is an innovative, rigorous,
 multi-disciplinary high school curriculum that builds academic competency via
 culturally sensitive materials for Hispanic students.  As a group, these
 youths have the nation's highest high school drop-out rate, with New Mexico
 being hard hit.
     Since its introduction in 1997, Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo has been
 implemented at over 300 individually selected schools and community centers
 nationwide.  Over the course of the past seven years, the pioneering program
 has won more than 12 national awards, including honors for a feature-length
 documentary that has aired on HBO and PBS, been screened at NYC's MOMA, and is
 on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  HEMG's forthcoming launch
 of Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo to help the youth of New Mexico is its first
 large-scale, statewide effort.
     The August 2nd benefit is the initial step in raising seed money to move
 the program forward from its groundbreaking status.  In addition to the
 ongoing fundraising efforts from private and philanthropic sources, Senator
 Manny M. Aragon is championing a bill in the New Mexico State Senate to help
 underwrite the historic curriculum.  Carlos and Deborah Santana have voiced
 their support for the legislation in stating that Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo
 " ... is life-changing for youth and needed in every state and barrio."
 
 

SOURCE Hispanic Education & Media Group, Inc.
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hispanic Education & Media
 Group, Inc. (HEMG) launches an initial "rollout" for "Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo
 (Each Mind Is A World)," the award winning High School Hispanic Dropout
 Prevention and Leadership Development Program, with an August 2, 2003
 fundraiser in Albuquerque, NM.  This private event will be hosted by
 Ambassador & Mrs. Ed Romero and co-hosted by Governor Bill Richardson, Lt.
 Governor Diane Denish and Cabinet Secretary Edward J. Lopez, Jr.  Proceeds
 will help establish the initial momentum for a statewide effort that will
 serve as a model for a national initiative targeting Hispanic youths
 (ages 13-18) who are "at risk" for school failure.
     In addition to their participation, the Santanas have donated a limited
 edition, Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Santana II guitar to be featured in a live
 auction at the August 2nd event.  The Santana II is an exquisite, "special
 order only" instrument handcrafted from the finest "Artist Grade" curly maple
 and Brazilian rosewood.  Much of the design and construction on the Santana II
 pays tribute to the very first hand-made guitars that Paul made for Carlos
 over two decades ago.  The retail value of this world-class instrument is
 $6,000, and the experience of owning it -- and playing it -- is truly
 priceless.  Those present on August 2nd will have the rare opportunity to
 place bids to acquire it for their personal collection.
     HEMG was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been dedicated to
 improving the quality of life in the Latino community through broad-based
 media and educational initiatives since 1989.  In addition to gracious
 supporters Carlos and Deborah Santana, actors Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos
 and playwright Luis Valdez have been active supporters since HEMG's inception.
 HEMG's flagship program, Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo, is an innovative, rigorous,
 multi-disciplinary high school curriculum that builds academic competency via
 culturally sensitive materials for Hispanic students.  As a group, these
 youths have the nation's highest high school drop-out rate, with New Mexico
 being hard hit.
     Since its introduction in 1997, Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo has been
 implemented at over 300 individually selected schools and community centers
 nationwide.  Over the course of the past seven years, the pioneering program
 has won more than 12 national awards, including honors for a feature-length
 documentary that has aired on HBO and PBS, been screened at NYC's MOMA, and is
 on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  HEMG's forthcoming launch
 of Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo to help the youth of New Mexico is its first
 large-scale, statewide effort.
     The August 2nd benefit is the initial step in raising seed money to move
 the program forward from its groundbreaking status.  In addition to the
 ongoing fundraising efforts from private and philanthropic sources, Senator
 Manny M. Aragon is championing a bill in the New Mexico State Senate to help
 underwrite the historic curriculum.  Carlos and Deborah Santana have voiced
 their support for the legislation in stating that Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo
 " ... is life-changing for youth and needed in every state and barrio."
 
 SOURCE  Hispanic Education & Media Group, Inc.