News Release: Admission and Financial Aid, Events

Nov. 4,  2011

Latino Youth Leadership Conference to Be Hosted at Emory Nov. 5

News Article ImageA scene from the 11th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference.

Emory University is hosting the 12th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  The conference is organized by the Latin American Association and seeks to encourage Latino middle and high school students to explore their options for higher education.

More than 1,000 Latino youth, grades 6-12, will converge on the Emory campus to participate in a full day of activities that include interactive workshops around leadership development, future educational opportunities and the importance of making good decisions.

Sessions for parents also will be available on navigating the U.S. educational system, educational opportunities for their children, and ongoing efforts to stop bullying and prevent gang activity.

Emory’s Office of Admission’s annual Exito Emory, a Latino high school access program, will be incorporated into conference activities, showcasing Emory's community and diversity initiatives.

The program includes motivational speakers, many coming from national organizations such as the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, plus information sessions led by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and others. More than 400 corporate and student volunteers from Atlanta businesses, colleges and universities will assist in these efforts.

Emory alumna and university trustee Teresa Rivero, lead senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver the opening welcome for the conference and participate in several panels during the day for students, parents and teachers.

For more information about the conference, contact Emory’s Office of Community and Diversity, 404.712.1246. 


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