They have lived in this country for most of their lives. They have grown up like normal Americans, attending our public schools and working hard to realize their dreams. They are proud Georgians. They are our teachers, priests, nonprofit staff, college students and gas station workers. But they feel they’re in the shadows and rejected by the country they love.
Listen to the stories of these young immigrants, who have benefited from a deportation deferral program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Listen to their fears, their dreams, their realities, their concerns and their hopes.
2016 youth conference
More than 1,800 middle and high school Latino students from Georgia gathered on a Saturday in November 2016 at Georgia State University for the Latino Youth Leadership Conference.
Le ofrecemos a la juventud latina el apoyo y los recursos que necesitan para que logren su sueño de ir a la universidad. Vea el video de la 15ta Conferencia Anual de Liderazgo para Jóvenes Latinos, que se llevó a cabo en noviembre del 2014 en The Westminster Schools.
2014 Latino Youth Leadership Conference at The Westminster Schools
On November 8, 2014, about 2,000 middle and high school students from all over Georgia, parents, teachers, volunteers and college-age mentors came together at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta for the Latin American Association’s annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference. The conference motivates Latino youth to graduate from high school and go to college and beyond.
Serving the Latino Community is Our Passion
The Latin American Association offers a space for Latinos 55+ to gather… See Gloria Patiño, 93, talk about how she loves coming to the Club de la Tercera Edad every Friday.
How Deferred Action Is Changing the Lives of Young Immigrants
The Latin American Association has played a key role in helping eligible young immigrants in Georgia secure Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration deportation deferral program for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Listen to Yehimi and Aline, two college graduates in their 20s who came to the LAA seeking help when applying for the program, talk about how Deferred Action has created new opportunities for them.
2012 Latino Youth Leadership Conference at Emory University
The Latin American Association’s 13th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference is titled “The Stepping Stone for Your Future: Identity, Knowledge and Leadership.” The annual conference’s goal is to motivate middle school and high school youth to graduate from high school and attend college.
2013 Latino Youth Leadership Conference at Emory University
Check out the video from the 2013 Latino Youth Leadership Conference!
How the LAA Is Changing Lives
The Latin American Association’s mission is to help Latino individuals and families achieve their aspirations for academic, social and economic advancement.
Working with Families and Youth
The Latin American Association serves more than 50,000 individuals a year through its various programs and services in the Latino community. Learn more about the work of this organization.