Latino Youth Summit educates, motivates prospective students
The University of Toledo hosts the
Latino Youth Summit from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and
Wednesday, May 15 and 16, 2018 for area high school and
middle school students.
Junior high students attend May 15, while high school students
visit May 16.
Each year, more than 500 Latino junior high and high school
students visit campus to learn more about the different
educational opportunities UT provides along with other
A goal of the summit is to equip students and families with
information and resources for college planning and different
career paths that are available through sessions of pre-high
school and pre-college course work.
“This is our 16th annual Latino Youth Summit,” said
Aleiah Jones, program coordinator in the Office of
Multicultural Student Success at UT and committee chair of
the event. “It has a legacy in our community as being the
largest gathering of Latino youth in northwest Ohio.”
The summit aims to encourage students to strive for success and
a promising future while instilling a sense of pride for their
heritage. It also seeks to address the Latino achievement gap in
northwest Ohio, according to Ms. Jones.
During this event, students participate in hands-on activities
in different fields such as pharmacy, nursing and engineering,
and learn about educational opportunities both at UT and abroad.
High school students, who register and attend the event, are
encouraged to apply for the President’s Summit Award
worth $2,000 annually. Ten of these scholarships are available
and include room and board for each recipient’s first year.
This year’s keynote speaker is Josué “JQ” Quiñones, an
educator and life coach. His address is 10 a.m. in the Thompson
Student Union Auditorium on both days of the summit.
Quiñones was born and raised in the Hunts Point area of the
South Bronx in New York. He shares his story about attending
college to create a better life for himself. He is dedicated to
inspiring and providing motivation to audiences along with
encouraging them to live a “quality lifestyle built for success”
and has spoken to more than 20,000 students and professionals.
“As he frequently shares, his life experience has led him to
truly believe what you actively and consistently engage in, or
surround yourself with, is a determining factor of success,” Ms.
This ideology and lifestyle led Mr. Quiñones to coin the phrase:
“Success is a lifestyle!”
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