Empowering and Inspiring Latino Youth

For many years, we have been inspiring Latino students to pursue higher education and follow their dreams. Our annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference is an exciting day full of high energy, inspiration, motivational speakers, practical tips for college, workshops and a College and Career Fair for Latino middle school and high school students from all across Georgia. Parents, teachers, school staff and volunteers also participate. Now in its 17th year, the Latino Youth Leadership Conference attracts nearly 1,800 students, parents, teachers and volunteers. The conference aims to motivate Latino students to finish high school and pursue college; provide them with the tools and skills they need to access a college education; develop leadership skills; and promote career exploration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view photos from the 2016 Latino Youth Leadership Conference.


2016 Latino Youth Leadership Conference

WHAT:  17th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference: Education is My Superpower
WHO:  Latino middle school and high school students from all over Georgia. Parents, teachers and school staff are invited to participate.
WHEN:  Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:  Georgia State University. Arrival & check-in will be at the Student Center, 33 Gilmer Street, S.E., Atlanta, Ga. http://studentcenter.gsu.edu
COST:  FREE. Breakfast and lunch provided at no cost.
REGISTRATION:  Student registration is closed!

The Latino Youth Leadership Conference offers sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to reach Latino students who are motivated to go to college and beyond. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

REGISTRATION FOR THE YOUTH CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED!

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Click here to view the video from the 2015 Latino Youth Leadership Conference, which was produced by the following students in our Latino Youth Leadership Academy at Cross Keys High School: Cesar Daniel Martínez, Kelvin González, Salvador Martínez, Cristian Osorio and Beni Melvin Martínez.

 

Student Registration  CLOSED

Middle and high school students from across Georgia are invited to participate in the conference. Students MUST register to attend the conference. *

Please register using the links below. After registering, please download the permission slip (in English or Spanish), print it, fill it out and bring with you on the day of the conference.

Middle school students click here to register.

High school students click here to register.

Click here to download permission form (English)

Click here to download permission form (Spanish)

* Parents are invited to participate in the conference, but do not need to register now. Parents will be able to register on the day of the conference at Georgia State University.

 

Teacher and School Staff Registration  CLOSED

Teachers and school staff (counselors, administrators, parent liaisons, etc.)  who are attending the conference MUST register. Please register using the link below.

Click here to register.

 

Mentor-Guide Registration  CLOSED

College students and young professionals who wish to guide the students throughout the conference for the entire day can register as mentor-guides. Mentor-guides are not the same as conference volunteers. Mentor-guides MUST register.

Click here to register.

 

Workshop Presenters  CLOSED

Those individuals interested in presenting a workshop at the conference are invited to submit a proposal. Please use the link below to complete the application. Presenters will be notified by late October.

Click here to submit a workshop proposal.

 

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Click here to register as a corporate sponsor or an exhibitor.

Click here to register as a nonprofit, college or university.

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17th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference

For the past 17 years, we have been inspiring Latino students to pursue higher education and follow their dreams. Our annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference is an exciting day full of high energy, inspiration, motivational speakers, practical tips for college, workshops and a College and Career Fair for Latino middle school and high school students from all across Georgia. Parents, teachers, school staff and volunteers also participate in the conference. Now in its 17th year, the Latino Youth Leadership Conference attracts nearly 1,800 students, parents, teachers and volunteers. The conference’s objectives are to:

  • Motivate and inspire Latino students to finish high school and pursue college
  • Provide students with the tools and resources they need to access a college education
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Promote career exploration


2016 Keynote Speaker

Carlos Ojeda Jr.

Carlos Ojeda Jr. has been called one of the most dynamic speakers in America today. A former university administrator, professor and small business development center director, he now focuses his energy on empowering students to succeed by teaching them that their voice is their power. He is a youth development expert, with more than 15 years of experience inspiring students, from elementary school to college and education professionals in 40 states.

Combining his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for changing the lives of youth across the country, Ojeda started CoolSpeak: The Youth Engagement Company. CoolSpeak provides youth motivational speakers, programs and events designed to engage, educate and empower youth. CoolSpeak represents more than 25 of the top youth speakers in the country, and has certified and licensed 50 facilitators and practitioners nationwide.

Ojeda is an educator, youth speaker, author, poet, entrepreneur and yet still finds time to be a devoted husband to his wife, dedicated father to his sons and committed to his family and community.

The 2016 Latino Youth Leadership Conference keynote speaker is presented by McDonald’s.


 

Featured Motivational Speaker

 

 

 

 

Shayla Rivera

Shayla Rivera is a former aerospace engineer with NASA who has gone on to become keynote speaker, TV host, emcee, humorist, comedian, actor, writer, producer, and awareness expert. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rivera attended Texas A&M, where she earned a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and a minor in psychology. She joined McDonnell Douglas Space Systems at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to work on the shuttle and space station for eight years.

Rivera left NASA to pursue her interest in psychology, becoming a corporate trainer and a motivational speaker. She has been speaking and performing for 21 years. Somewhere along the way, Rivera discovered she had comedic skills and soon became a regular at comedy clubs.

The award-winning comedian created the hit one-woman show “Rocket Science & Salsa” and hosted the 13-episode TV series “You’re Not The Man I Married.” “My number one goal is to inspire, through laughter and my keynotes,” Rivera says.

 

Thanks to all the sponsors of this year’s Latino Youth Leadership Conference:

 


Contact

  • For more information, please contact Youth Programs at 404.638.1810 or laalylc@thelaa.org
  • To participate as a conference sponsor or as an exhibitor in the College and Career Fair, contact Gisella Cattaneo at 404.638.1815.
  • For media opportunities or coverage, please contact Aixa Pascual at 404.234.4143 or apascual@thelaa.org