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Armando Raul Mendez

June 2008

Armando Raul Mendez is far from a “typical” high school senior. His passion and dedication to bettering the world beyond his immediate borders is exemplified by his unselfish act to “adopt” the children from the La Botija Mountain in Honduras. This young man of Cuban descent has sought to not merely effect tangible, lasting change in another country, but to also foster a greater sense of global awareness and responsibility in both his local community and Miami, FL as a whole.

In numerical terms, Armando’s dedication and effort culminated in over 10,000 books and $2,000 in school supplies being donated, and approximately 750 hours of community service performed. The vast majority of the service hours which were required in order to not only package and ship the books and supplies, but to also procure donations from both institutions and private citizens, were performed by Armando himself. In human terms, Armando’s outstanding efforts have ensured that the children of the Montana de la Botija shall be afforded an opportunity to know and experience the world through the written word as well as ensuring that the students in the surrounding towns and villages will have access to textbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

Armando also helped to publicize the book campaign by participating in a radio interview highlighting the effort. Armando’s commitment, sense of civic responsibility, and exceptional service distinguish him as a CHCI Young Leader of Today.

Past Young Leaders of Today

Daniel Hernandez Jr.
Imelda Cortez
Amy Lara
Michael Diaz
Veronica Hernandez
Armando Raul Mendez
Higinio Turrubiates, Jr.
Rachel Ruiz
Amanda Barboza
Raven Medina
Ana Rosa Martinez
Eugenia (Gina) Murillo
Jesus Alcala
Brenda Lizzet Lopez
Elena Carolina Svetlana Arciniega
Rene Octavio Valenzuela
Rosangela Serrano Morales
Danielle Alvarez
Sarah Diaz
Yaima Gonzalez
Isaac Guillermo Lara
Angie Lizeth Cruz
Veronica Pozas
Kendrys Vasquez