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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.