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Bentonville, Arkansas - October, 2009
Rafael Arciga, was awarded the Young Community Leader award for his involvement in the community and for serving as a role model for the youth at the 11th Annual Heroes de Corazon ceremony October 15, 2009.
Arciga received the award in conjunction with his fraternity's own award for serving the community of Northwest Arkansas, whose combined efforts with other organizations in the community gave way to the award.
"More than anything, this award is for me to continue being motivated, to keep working toward the needs of the community and to try and help those peers who might not have the same access to education," Arciga said.
The winner of Young Community Leader award is a man or a woman less than 30 years old who has given unselfish and extensive service to the Hispanic and/or Latino community, and is considered a "rising star" within the Hispanic and/or Latino community, according to the award committee.
Arciga, 23, is a founding member of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Arkansas and immediate past president for the chapter. Arciga and seven other men founded Phi Iota Alpha in Fall 2007, establishing it as the first and only Latino fraternity in the state of Arkansas. Arciga also serves as the Deputy State Director for Young Adults for the League of United Latin American Citizens, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at the University of Arkansas, Education chair for the Arkansas Citizens First Congress and is part of the Board of Director for Legal Aid of Arkansas.
The event was sponsored by Walmart and its Hispanic/Latino Associate Resource Group (HLARG) and was also part of the closing celebration for this year s Hispanic Heritage month.