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Latino Youth convene at UT to make positive impact


An estimated 7,513, 231 Latino Youth ages 15-24 live in the United States, according to the U.S. Census. In Ohio, Latino Youth ages 15-24 make up 19% of the Latino population, approximately 42,105 of Ohio’s population. 


This Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, Latino and non-Latino youth and youth-serving organizations have united on a statewide and Midwest Regional effort to discuss the positive developments of Latino youth. 


NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will partner with its Affiliates: Adelante, Inc. (Toledo), El Centro de Servicios Socials, Inc. (Lorain), and the Ohio Hispanic Coalition (Columbus), and others including: the Greater Toledo Urban League, The University of Toledo Office of Latino Initiatives, and The Latino Student Union, League of United Latin American Citizens “ LULAC” (Cincinnati), Esperanza (Cleveland)- to convene over 100 youth leaders at its Líderes: Learning to Lead, Learning to Change Congreso in Toledo, Ohio on Dec. 19th at the University of Toledo’s Student Union Auditorium at 10:00 a.m.


The Líderes: Learning to Lead, Leading to Change Congreso is part of a series of mini-youth conferences that will be held at different sites around the country. Comprised of student leaders from the Midwest, Líderes participants will learn how to identify issues affecting their community and how to constructively and effectively address these needs.


The Congreso will feature a variety of workshops that focus on issues such as immigration, education, and workforce development. “The workshops and activities designed for Líderes Congresos will equip, inspire, and empower participants to develop a youth-led agenda for positive change in their own communities and throughout the United States,” said Berenice Bonilla, NCLR Líderes Coordinator. 


Registration begins at 9:00 am, and the conference will be held from 10 am – 5 pm.  Guest appearances by Andrew Z from Kiss FM for Latino RealTalk from 12:15 to 1:00 PM; Rubén Castilla Herrera from LatinoLeaderSHIFT Initiative, León Mason from Senator’s Sherrod Brown’s Office, and many others.


For a complete list of Líderes: Learning to Lead, Leading to Change Congreso workshops and activities in your city, please contact Greg Hickman (Lorain, OH) at 440-277-8235 or at [email protected];  Jesús Ovalle (Columbus, OH) of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition  at (614)840-9934 or [email protected], Adreanna Rivera (Toledo, OH) of Adelante at 419-244-8440 or [email protected]






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