Joel Ceballo advises the NHCLC’s Education Initiative on engaging parents, church leaders, and educators on actionable strategies to lower the national Hispanic high school drop out rate. A champion of Higher Standards, Joel works to ensure that students graduating from high school are well prepared to enter college or join the workforce and thrive. Joel earned his Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University and has a Certified Financial Planning Certificate from Barry University. Recently, Joel served as architect of Hispanic America: Faith, Values and Priorities – a landmark study published by Barna and commissioned by American Bible Society, Barna: Hispanic, OneHope and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. A South Florida resident, Joel enjoys being mentor and dad to his three sons and being coached by his exceptionally smart and tenacious Papillon, Mio.