The article chronicles the story behind the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, as W.D. Boyce drew inspiration from a dutiful Scout in the U.K. More than two million Scouts later, the organization still strives to model youth into productive, well-rounded adults.
With many hispanic leaders at the helm of this mission, the BSA continues to cultivate youth development in every community in the country.
In the article, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer Ponce Duran explains, “Scouting will continue to be a valuable and relevant program because of our diverse staff, volunteer leadership, and membership.”
Duran’s role evolved from the BSA’s need to ensure diversity remained a priority in the organization. With an extensive Scouting background and a track record for embracing diversity in his position as southern region director, Duran was the right man for the job.
On Duran’s appointment as the BSA’s first chief diversity office, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh explained, “We believe every child should have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from Scouting’s adventures. Ponce will help strengthen Scouting’s connection to diverse cultures and communities and further our commitment to giving kids fun experiences and instilling values and character that last a lifetime.”
But Duran is not the only hispanic leader ensuring the success of Scouting in communities nationwide. BSA National Commissioner Tico Perez, CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions Ralph de la Vega, founding member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce José Niño, and many others have a hand in shaping the movement.
Learn more about the Latino leaders at the forefront of the Boy Scouts of America by checking out the coming issue of Latino magazine – hitting shelves September 15. You can also catch a peak at the article below.