In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, MassLive asked readers to identify people who are emerging Hispanic leaders throughout the state, working to make a difference in their own area of interest, be it politics, education, business or the arts.
These are people our readers have identified as inspirational, who may be doing good acts for their communities. They are being recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to inspire change.
His story: Nelson Rivera is the founder, designer and creative director of Favela Streetwear, a clothing brand established in 2015.
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Rivera said he has been an entrepreneur since the age of 12, when he began working with his father to sell goods from electronics to fashion pieces up and down the East Coast.
He has always been creative, he said, and started out drawing and painting on canvas, but eight years ago began putting his designs on clothing. Today, he is still releasing designs for Favela, including both screen printed and embroidered pieces.
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In addition to his creative pursuits, Rivera is passionate about basketball, and Favela has sponsored men’s basketball leagues in Holyoke in the past, and is now working with the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club to sponsor teams in the organization’s youth basketball program.
In his words: “Have a real passion for the arts. Practice your craft. There’s so many brands out there now, but don’t let that discourage you. Let your creativity speak for itself.”
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Each day, we will introduce more leaders, and we’re always open to hear about more inspiring people. If you’d like to suggest someone else who should be recognized, please fill out this form.