Annual conference motivates, prepares Georgia’s Latino youth to go to college, pursue careers; conference registration now full

ATLANTA, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2014) —

WHAT:   The Latin American Association’s 15th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference, a daylong event filled with motivational speakers, workshops and a College and Career Fair for Latino middle and high school students.

The goal of the conference is to motivate Latino youth to pursue higher education. Workshop topics include how to apply for scholarships and financial aid; how to do the college application; how to build your brand; careers in science; etc. Conference registration for students is now full.

The Latin American Association works to ensure that Latino teens graduate from high school and go on to college and careers. Though overall high school dropout rates have been declining, Latinos tend to drop out of high school at a higher rate than other groups. Nationally, the high school dropout rate among Latinos is 17 percent, nearly three times as high as it is among whites and nearly double the rate among blacks, according to the Pew Research Center.

AT&T is the presenting sponsor of the 15th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference.

WHO:   More than 1,800 Latino middle and high school students from all over Georgia, their parents and teachers, as well as college student volunteers

Keynote speaker is Dr. Victor Rios, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a motivational speaker who frequently talks to Latino youth. Keynote speaker is Dr. Victor Rios, a professor of sociology at the University of California,

WHERE:   The Westminster Schools, 1424 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

WHEN:    Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CONTACT:   If interested in covering the conference, please contact Aixa Pascual at 404-638-1823 or

  • Presenting Sponsor: AT&T
  • Hosted by: The Westminster Schools
  • Presenting Media Sponsor: Telemundo Atlanta
  • Platinum Sponsors: McDonald’s, Wells Fargo
  • Gold Sponsors: Brace Family Foundation, Coventry One, Georgia Power, PS Energy, Turner
  • Silver Sponsors: GE, UPS
  • Media Sponsors: El Patrón 105.3, MundoHispánico