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Last updated 02/18/15

Conexiones Executive Director Testifies Before Howard County Board of Education

Jannette O'Neill-González spoke in support of the World Language Program on February 3, 2015. Read Jannette's statement.

Conexiones Announces Selection of New Executive Director

Jannette O'Neill-Gonzalez Mrs. Jannette O'Neill-González brings a wealth of talent and experience as the leader who will lead Conexiones. Read more about Jannette.

2015 Board Meeting Schedule

All meetings held at Howard High at 7:00 PM:

Patapsco Friends Meeting to Award Four Students Emma & Tom Byrne Peace Award

Patapsco Friends Meeting will award one prize of $200 to one student in November of each year. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will select the student based on the work and/or projects the student was engaged in over the past year. In addition to the county-wide winner, three other finalists will receive a $50 prize. All applicants will receive a certificate of participation. For more information see the Patapsco Friends Meeting website.

Partnership With Freddie Mac

Conexiones is partnering with Freddie Mac to educate Hispanic families on better credit, money management and responsible home ownership. Freddie Mac offers CreditSmart® Consumer Online Training. En Español vea Su crédito, su casa y su futuro.


2015 Conexiones Annual Awards Application

Every year Conexiones hosts an Annual Awards Convocation to recognize Howard County Public School Hispanic high school students. The 2015 Conexiones Annual Awards Application is now available and is open to Hispanic Seniors who will graduate in May 2015 with a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0

We invite students to apply now. The application deadline (postmarked or submitted online) is Saturday, March 7, 2015. To learn more and complete an online application, see the 2015 Conexiones Annual Awards Application Instructions and Guidelines.

Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation by Howard County

Howard County Council Presents Conexiones with Proclamation Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 6th 2014, the Howard County Council Presented a Proclamation to Conexiones in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Annual Hispanic Achievement Awards

On Wednesday May 14, 2014, several hundred people gathered in the auditorium of Long Reach High School to celebrate the accomplishments of 104 soon-to-be high school graduates. These aren't just any students; they are 104 of Howard County's accomplished, intelligent driven Hispanics who have been recognized for their dedication to academics, serving the community and overcoming life obstacles. This year students from each of Howard County's 12 public schools were honored.

See a complete report by Sara Martinez, including the names of all the awardees.

Here also is a slide show from the festivities.


The mission of CONEXIONES is:

  • To ensure that every Hispanic student in Howard County will complete high school and will continue in productive and satisfying directions.
  • To develop partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, community leaders and parents to provide comprehensive programs to advance the leadership capabilities and educational achievement of Howard County Hispanic youth.

If you believe in our mission, we encourage you to donate to Conexiones. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


Advocacy for Hispanic Students in Howard County

CONEXIONES has been an advocate for changes in policies, practices and personnel of the Howard County Public School System, that improve the performance and educational outcomes for Hispanic students. These efforts directly resulted in the establishment of the Hispanic Achievement Specialist position within the HCPSS and the addition of Hispanic Achievement Liaisons in all schools with a substantial Hispanic population. This approach promises to serve as a national model.

Conexiones Advocacy with the Board of Education

On May 1, 2014, Conexiones met with the Board of Education and leadership of the Howard County Public School System.  At the meeting, Feli Solá-Carter, President, David Rodriguez, Advocacy Chair, and Maryann Maher, Secretary, acknowledged the positive results in the increased graduation rates and decreased dropout rates for Hispanic students in the county.  They stressed the need for continuing and intentional attention to participation of Hispanic students in Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement classes in the STEM field, and appropriate staffing of the Hispanic Achievement Liaison positions commensurate with data based staffing decisions. Please see the Conexiones Presentation here.


We support our mission by providing assistance and support to encourage students to complete high school, consider higher education opportunities and to be successful in their career choices.

Student Clubs

In order to nurture a positive ethnic identity and strengthen a sense of belonging, we support Hispanic youth clubs organized within the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). These clubs build community, celebrate Hispanic heritage, foster academic achievement, and provide leadership experiences.