Congratulations Hermana Espirituosa!
Hermandad Inc., a community
development agency, has honored our very own Hermana, Yahira “Espirituosa”
DeLeon for her work within the Latino community. Hermandad Inc. work primarily in rural
communities of Latin America and Caribbean.
Throughout LI, Yahira has over
20 years of personal commitment to the needs of our youth and of the Latino
community. She has aided in community outreach programs and dedicated a vast
amount of her personal time by facilitating workshops/speaking engagements at
many national conferences at colleges and universities throughout LI and NY
State, such as Somos Unos, Latinas Unidas, Somos El Futuro and La Vision
Conference to name a few and has been recognized for her leadership, continued
dedication and work in and out of the Latino community on LI. In 2010, she became a volunteer with the Girl
Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) by partnering SIA’s R.O.S.E. Mentorship program
to the GSNC Hispanic/Latino Task Force.
A program that provides mentorship and programming that will aid young
Latinas ages 13-18 in relationship building, academics, leadership and personal
and professional development. In 2013,
she was named one of Long Island’s Top 25 Advocates for Latino Empowerment by
The Hispanic Network. She currently
works for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. as the Community Initiatives
Manager where she services the Latino and all other communities throughout the
county where GSNC is under-represented and girls are under-served.
Yari has been married for 10
years to her loving and supporting husband Jules DeLeón and her proudest
accomplishments are her two beautiful daughters Maia and Leila, who in their
own right are quite the philanthropists and community advocates.