I first became involved with the LAA in 2010 as a volunteer and student-mentor for the Latino Youth Leadership Conference. Since then, I have been part of the youth conference every year and have been an intern in two departments.

One thing is to say that you have volunteered with the LAA, another is to say that you have been part of a team of hard-working people that spends hours looking for ways to help the Latino community in Georgia. I was part of that team and I will always be thankful to the LAA for the opportunity to work with them. This internship not only allowed me to be part of a great cause, but also helped me better my communication skills and boost my self-confidence.

I can’t wait for next year’s youth conference to connect with students and witness the powerful impact the conference – its opening ceremony with more than 1,000 students, motivational speakers, workshops, students walking in groups across a college campus — has on the students.

​I don’t think I will ever stop working with the LAA. Their cause is too great and their will is too powerful. If one wants to be involved in the community and make an impact, being an intern is a great way of doing so. SUMMER 2014

Estefany Palacio, Georgia Gwinnett College ’14 and communications intern in Winter 2014