The annual Latino Youth Summit (LYS) will draw more than
500 Northwest Ohio middle and high school students to the
University of Toledo over two days in mid-May. The 17th
annual event is considered the largest gathering of Latino
students in the region.
The LYS registration deadline has been extended to Tuesday,
April 24, 2019. The summit annually provides 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 the current job
The summit also includes hands-on activities in nursing and
pharmacy, engineering, health professions, health and wellness,
and real-world personal finance. The students also are given a
mini-preview of the UT campus.
Middle school students will attend the first day of the Latino
Youth Summit on Tuesday, May 14. Those sixth through eighth
grade students from Toledo Public Schools and elsewhere are
bused directly to campus and spend most of their time in the
student union. But campus tours are part of the dayís hands-on
High school students then head to the UT campus for the summitís
second day on Wednesday, May 15. Those students will have access
to a college fair, as well as the usual activities where they
explore various career and educational pathways. Students also
receive a free T-shirt.
Results of studies show that preparation for college success
needs to begin early and must be sustained throughout a
studentís academic career. One goal of the Summit is to address
the Latino achievement gap in northwest Ohio, and the reality of
a growing Latino population.
The summitís first goal is to get Latino students to even
consider college, by showing them all of their options after
high school. Volunteers also will talk to students about the
Latino-oriented supports on the UT campus once there, such as
mentoring by other Latino students and successful adults
attached to the UT alumni affiliate. Retention and completion
activities are just as important as recruitment these days for
the overall success of Latino students.
The summit each year features a keynote speaker with ties to the
Latino community who share their story of success in overcoming
adversity. The speech includes a message of hope to inspire the
student audience to reach higher. This yearís keynote speaker
Dr. German Garcia-Fresco, otherwise known as Dr. Fresco. He is a
neuroscientist and entrepreneur from California, who will speak
to students about "10 Things I Didn't Learn in School."
LYS also will welcome new partners from UT's Biology Department,
the College of Health and Human Services, and Huntington Bank.
Students are bussed to the UT campus from their home school
districts. Those attending the summit are held to a code of
conduct. The same behavioral rules apply as the ones at their
home school. A three-strike system is in place, up to and
including dismissal from the summit.
Latino high school seniors who plan to attend UT m the fall are
facing a Feb. 28 deadline to apply for a Presidentís Summit
Award scholarship, which provides $2,000 and first-year housing,
for a total of $10,000 in aid. Students must attend the summit
and maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. There are ten such