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Latino Youth Summit
SAVE THE DATE! 12th ANNUAL LATINO YOUTH SUMMIT
The University of Toledo
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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.
La Prensa article: http://www.laprensatoledo.com/Stories/2013/032913/lys.htm
About Last Year's (2013) Latino Youth Summit
The 2013 Summit continued the success of prior events, with between 500-600 Latino
junior high and high school youths in attendance.
In a departure from previous years, the Summit was spread out over two days, May 7th and 8th. Day One included hands-on nursing and pharmacy activities along with engineering projects such as Sounds and Vibrations and Electrical Engineering. Day Two activities included personality assessment, learning about career opportunities here and abroad, learning about safety and trauma, experiencing a virtual hospital and plastination (a process of preserving body parts for study) and obtaining information about real-world personal finances.
Once again, Latino 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.
Around the same time as the Latino Youth Summit a smaller event is held which provides opportunities for parents to be engaged in dialogue with professionals from areas such as the UT Office of Admissions, Adelante, and other educational institutions and community agencies. Parents may ask questions and collect business cards from other Latinos employed in schools and universities. This is an opportunity to empower parents to help their children graduate from high school and encourage college attendance. [Download the Parent's Track flyer]
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.
Senior students who register for and attend the Summit 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.
More scholarship information:
- University of Toledo President's Summit Award
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Scholarships for Hispanic Students (Fastweb)
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
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The members of the Latino Youth Summit Committee would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make the 2013 event possible:
College of Pharmacy