Victor Ruiz passes out bookbags at Esperanza's Back to School Event.
Photo courtesy: Esperanzainc.org
According to a Crain's Cleveland Business article, Esperanza, under Ruiz's leadership, has helped to raise the Hispanic graduation rate in Cleveland from 30% to 64.3%, more than doubling it within three years by 2014.
A Freshwater Cleveland article added, "While the numbers are still below the national average, Esperanza and Ruiz continue forward, with a mission to only improve further."
Ruiz is also a 2014 Baldwin Wallace Alumni Merit Award winner.