CLEVELAND -- It's the biggest festival for the Cleveland Hispanic community and it takes place this Saturday.
More than 2,000 people are expected to gather at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland for the Convencion Hispana.
Joining us Friday was Jose Feliciano, chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable.
The Convención Hispana event is free and open to the public.
Convencion Hispana provides free breakfast and lunch, health screenings and exhibits, a job fair, networking, music, culture and raffles.
The Keynote Speaker is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
St. Ignatius is located at 1911 West 30th Street in Cleveland.
Convención Hispana is a one-day event sponsored by the Hispanic Roundtable, but it is also a three-year process of community empowerment & agenda setting.
Spearheaded through the work of four volunteer-led committees focusing in the areas of education, empowerment, health, and workforce & economic development.
The event serves as a vehicle for the collaboration of the Greater Cleveland Hispanic community organizations, partners and leaders while promoting the mission of the Hispanic Roundtable.
The work of the Convención Hispana has brought forth the development of many outstanding organizations in the Hispanic community, including: Esperanza (a non-profit organization focused on Hispanic education issues), the Hispanic Business Association, the Hispanic Senior Center, the Hispanic Domestic Violence Program, and the Hispanic Contractors Association.
As part of the education initiatives to encourage youth to attend college, there will be an essay contest for high school students with scholarship awards of up to $1000.
In addition, community leadership awards will be presented with nominations coming from the community and the Convención Hispana process.