21st Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference | October 29 and 31, 2020 | A two-day virtual experience
For the past two decades, the Latino Youth Leadership Conference has inspired middle and high school students from across Georgia to pursue higher education and follow their dreams. The LAA’s Latino Youth Leadership Conference is an inspirational and high-energy experience featuring motivational speakers, workshops, a college and career fair and opportunities to connect with fellow students on a university campus. In 2019, the annual conference attracted 2,300 students, parents and teachers to Emory University. The Latino Youth Leadership Conference, now in its 21st year, provides Latino students with the tools they need to access post-secondary education, develop leadership skills and explore careers.
COVID-19 has changed our world and our approach, and we are viewing this as an opportunity to reach an even larger number of students, families and schools. This year, the Latino Youth Leadership Conference will be held virtually on OCTOBER 29 with a virtual kick-off event, followed by a college fair on October 31, 2020. October 29th will also be the release date of grade-specific workshops (y también para padres) that participants can link to from here on our website!
This event is FREE and open to students, parents and school staff. Registration is required. Please complete a registration form through the links above.
Fernando Meza, Atlanta United FC Defender / Sponsored by Georgia Power
Mariachis Búhos de Oro
Remarks by musician Israel Arce
Santiago Marquez, CEO, Latin American Association
Dr. Carlos Del Rio, MD, Emory School of Medicine & Grady Health System
Gabe Salazar, America’s #1 Latino Youth Speaker
CALL TO ACTION
Samantha Ramirez, Entrepreneur and Filmmaker
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
Inspirational remarks by Fernando Meza, Atlanta United FC Defender / Sponsored by Georgia Power
Mariachis Búhos de Oro
Remarks by musician Carolina Sifuentes
CRISTNA, Pop/R&B artist
Luis Andino and Diana Pitcher, Youth Services Program Managers
America’s #1 Latino Youth Speaker | Motivational speaker over 14 years | 160+ schools & camps every year
Motivational Youth Speaker Gabe Salazar overcame poverty, gang influence, and homelessness to become a successful entrepreneur. He’s a highly, sought-after keynote speaker who has been inspiring teens, families, teachers and school administrators with a message of hope and dreaming big for more than 15 years.
After being mentored by his high school principal in South Texas, Gabe was rescued from gang influence and became the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX with a Bachelor of Science.
He began his career as inclusion specialist for special education and behavioral students at an intermediate school in San Antonio, TX. He soon discovered his unique talent to speak to teens and families after performing a motivational assembly at his school. Today, he’s a professional speaker who travels all over the world to schools, teen conferences, churches and camps.
Gabe has spoken to millions of teens throughout his career including national tours for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, U.S. Air Force Family Services, and Ford Salute to Education. Popular Hispanics Magazine recognizes him as America’s #1 Latino Youth Speaker.
Gabe lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Nancy and four children.
Samantha “Sam” Ramirez-Herrera is an entrepreneur (OffThaRecord.com, public speaker, Emmy Award winning storyteller, mother, feminist, and civil rights activist.)
Sam’s unorthodox path to becoming a digital media maverick is rooted in her own story of drive and determination. She was 7 years old when her parents decided to move the family from Mexico City to the United States, seeking a better life. As an undocumented immigrant, she grew up in the shadows, working hard to get ahead while at the same time fearing the possibility of discovery and deportation. After graduating high school, without the opportunity to attend college she waited tables and worked other jobs to make ends meet before becoming a DREAMer, thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Through her work, Sam addresses topics she is passionate about, including feminism, economic justice, immigration, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and mental health in communities of color.
Sam has appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and written up in Forbes, Mundo Hispanico, The Washington Post, Atlanta Business Chronicles, BITCH Magazine, The Collegian, Remezcla and more. As a signed speaker, she has spoken to audiences nationwide over 30 colleges and universities over the past year alone. She was named a 2018 scholar at The Aspen Institute and at HATCH Experience North America.
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