Apopka, FL – Last week, Gerardo Martinez received the 2020 Hispanic Youth Leadership Award from Orange County’s Hispanic Heritage Committee. This event allows Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and District Commissioners to nominate and recognize distinguished Hispanic youths who have excelled in academics, sports, community service, and more. He was nominated by the Youth & Family team for his commitment and passion for his community.

Gerardo is an 18 year old Apopka native who attends Apopka High School and is an outstanding scholar with a 4.6 GPA.  He is member of the National Honors Society, Science Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math) Honor Society, Rho Kappa (History) Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society. Additionally, he has played varsity tennis since his sophomore year and continues to grow as a student athlete preparing for his senior season. Outside of school, he is devoted to community service. As a compassionate leader he always sees the best in others.

Gerardo has been a part of Hope CommUnity Center from a very young age. He grew up attending Hope’s Annual Kids Camp and later became a Camp Counselor. In addition, he is also a member of Sin Fronteras Youth Group, Leadership Team, and Social Justice group. Outside of Hope, Gerardo loves tutoring and getting to know elementary-aged students and is a youth leader for his local church. He is a great leader at Hope CommUnity Center and the Apopka community is proud of his many accomplishments.



Hope CommUnity Center is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy, and spiritual growth.