Latino Initiatives

2015 Latino Youth Summit

Latino Youth Summit

To be held at The University of Toledo
Monday, May 18th, 2015 (program starts at 10:00)
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 (program starts at 9:30)

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                       May 18, 2015       May 19, 2015     **All Forms Must Be Completed 

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Past Summits
Parent's Event
Current Sponsors

 What is the Latino Youth Summit?

Results of studies show that preparation for college success needs to begin early and must be sustained throughout the school years. One goal of the Summit is to address the Latino achievement gap in northwest Ohio, and the reality of a growing Latino population. The Summit serves to instill feelings of pride in the students' heritage, along with the inspiration to strive for fulfillment of each student's potential towards creating a more promising future.

The Summit seeks to arm youth and families with college planning and career path information through sessions about pre-high school and pre-college coursework and information about various occupational fields. Emphasis is placed on the importance of skills in science, math and technology in today's job market.

Each Summit involves a keynote speaker chosen for their ties to the Latino community, their success in overcoming adversity, their message of hope, and their ability to engage a diverse body of students.

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About Last Year's (2014) Latino Youth Summit

The 2014 Summit continued the success of prior events, with around 400 Latino junior high and high school youths in attendance. Due to a rescheduling of mandatory state testing, the summit was held on one day. Included were hands-on activities in nursing and pharmacy, engineering, health professions, and real-world personal finances. The students also learned about career opportunities here and abroad and were given a mini-preview of the UT campus. In addition, the students were given the opportunity to meet representatives from colleges that comprise the ECHHO (Educators in College Helping Hispanics Onward). This college fair allowed students to obtain information pertaining to college admission and scholarship opportunities. The Summit provided ECHHO with an opportunity to interact with the largest gathering of Latino youth from northwest Ohio.

Overnight Experience

As part of the Latino Youth Summit Experience, an overnight component has been established. Up to sixty Latino students from the 8th through 12th grade spend a day and night on The University of Toledo campus. They take part in a number of educational sessions, classes and fun activities with the purpose of preparing them for a university career.

Programming has also been established for elementary school-aged migrant students for early exposure to a college environment.

Latino Youth Summit Elementary

Research has shown that reaching even young children and making them aware of the importance of and opportunities for education has beneficial results. To this end a program targeting migrant grade school students has been developed. The short day visits throughout the summer allow students to experience the university environment and hopefully encourage them to think about their opportunities when the time comes to further their education.

Latino Youth Summit Elementary 2013

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College Scholarships

Senior students who register for and will be attending the Summit on Tuesday, May 19th are highly encouraged to apply for a college scholarship at The University of Toledo. Ten $2000 scholarships are available, and each includes room and board for the first year. Six were awarded in 2013. A 3.00 GPA is required to qualify for these scholarships.

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Past Latino Youth Summit Programs

2009 Speaker
2010 Speaker 2011 Speaker
2012 Speaker 2013 Speaker 2014 Speaker

Forms and Documents

 Online Registration Grades 6-8

 Online Registration Grades 9-12

 2015 LYS Liability Release Form


2014 Sponsors

The members of the Latino Youth Summit Committee would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make the 2014 event possible:

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 College of Pharmacy Logo
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Huntington Bank Logo
 Target Logo
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Walgreens Logo Directions Credit Union Logo Enrollment Services Logo
Catholic Schools Logo Logo International Studies Logo
Special Thanks To:
  • Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity
  • ECHHO Participants
  • Latino Student Union
  • LYS Volunteers
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
  • UT Student Union Staff
  • …and many more!
Last Updated: 11/23/15