If you weren’t able to attend the Latino Youth Leadership Conference, you can watch the event on demand here:


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


Samantha Ramirez, Entrepreneur and Filmmaker


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 Ramirez

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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Workshop 1:

Science at Your Fingertips

Presented by ScienceATL

  1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
  2. Register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
  3. Search for and select the Science At Your Fingertips game, or search by game code WKXEBV.
  4. Enter the game’s password: LYLC2020
  5. The app will then ask you to create a player name. To be considered for prizes, enter your first and last name. Click “Create Player & Join Game.”
  6. You’re in! Start completing missions!

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/eIuxIP7XJVU

 Workshop 2:

Exploring the Carlos Museum: Art of the Americas

Presented by Emory College faculty and students

To watch the video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jGZ-rUhjyQ&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=1


  1. Design your own t-shirt! In order to “Create the World We Want to Live In,” sometimes it is helpful to know a little about our past.  In this workshop, in the first video, you will go on a virtual tour of Mesoamerican art and culture exhibits at Emory's Carlos Museum. The objects in this exhibit and the designs on them tell us about the world as it was for the indigenous people of ancient Mexico, but they still speak to us today.  In each of the next videos, Emory art history students will tell you about different objects.  If you like, watch all the videos, but choose the one object that you find most interesting.  What do the designs on the object mean to you? What do they mean to your world? Thinking about the object and the figures on the object, and thinking about how to create the world we want to live, make your own design for a t-shirt.  Please incorporate the text "Create the World We Want to Live In" in your t-shirt design and share it with us on Instagram with the tag: #LYLC20. For more information and to submit your design for review by Emory students and graduates, click here.  At least three designs will be selected to be included on the LYLC 2020 website.

Submission Type: Google Form here

  1. DO NOT MISS THE TOUR! Watch these four videos from Emory students:

VIDEO 1: Batten, click here

VIDEO 2: Maize God Vessel, click here

VIDEO 3: West Mexican Figure Pair, click here

VIDEO 4: Turquoise Earspool, click here

Workshop 3:

Diary of a Wimpy Middle School Student

Presented by LAA’s LYLA students

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/4IOIsj471IE

Workshop 1:

Self-Care: Giving the World the BEST of Me

Presented by Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

PART 1, click here https://youtu.be/gnThnktO_yA

PART 2, click here https://youtu.be/Chs3bnIH4J4

Workshop 2:

I am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams

Presented by GSU LASSO

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/vApJiddZtFc

Workshop 3:

Real Talk from High School Students

Presented by LAA’s LYLA students

PART 1, click here https://youtu.be/fDgJjKgqGg4

PART 2, click here https://youtu.be/B3kNJFZnn0U

Workshop 4:

GA Tech Students Stories

Presented by GA Tech Students

Nina Sara Fraticelli-Guzmán | Bioengineering PhD Student | Georgia Institute of Technology

To watch the video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9WRSbyE960

Workshop 1:

Trying on the Cape: Careers as Nursing Superheroes

Presented by Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

VIDEO 1: LYLC Welcome, click here

VIDEO 2: Becoming an Nurse, click here

VIDEO 3: SBAR, click here

VIDEO 4: NeLL, click here


Get to know students in the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory!  Explore careers in healthcare and get a glimpse of what it is like to be a student at the beginning of a career in nursing. Learn how health professionals communicate with each other and how you can use this information even if you follow a different educational path.

Workshop 2:

Discovering & Creating Your Story

Presented by Mario Becerra Alemán, Emory University student, in collaboration with Emory faculty

To watch the video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLVRNPcpi4&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=4


Begin creating your own digital story!  In this first video, Emory undergraduate Mario Becerra Alemán shares his experience creating a video with different elements to tell parts of his story.  He shows you how to think about your own story and design the foundation for your own digital story, which can then be the first steps for your personal statement in the college application process.  You can then watch one or two of the digital stories below that were created by Cross Keys High School graduates who are now in college.  Then, to submit your own plan for your digital story to receive comments from Emory graduates.  For more information and to submit your design click here.

Submission Type: Google Form here.

Digital Story 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRMrTSYkf3I&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=7

Digital Story 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSlg4uhpn0g&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=5

Digital Story 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QfjyTTEGtY&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=16

Workshop 3:

More than a Student

Presented by GALEO

VIDEO 1: Why is Civic Engagement Important?, click here https://youtu.be/AX3wMaA07RI

VIDEO 2: Get involved, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoWgsmyXmiE

VIDEO 3: Civic Engagement in High School, click here: https://youtu.be/xoFi8KLX6kE

Workshop 1:

Money Talks: College within Reach

Presented by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/pVfebBz4zQk

Workshop 2:

So, you want to go to college?

Presented by Emory College Office of Admissions YouTube channel

In this set of videos created by the Emory University Office of Admissions, you will find many answers to your questions about college and the college application process.  These are videos about all kinds of colleges and universities, not just Emory.  Check them out!

VIDEO 1: Holistic Review Process, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdlU6JUfW8o

VIDEO 2: Types of Colleges, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ar1rkuUYdQ

VIDEO 3: Application Plans and Platforms, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdaCaCUpzPk

VIDEO 4: Writing the Essay, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwcz8xwJq0

VIDEO 5: The Intangibles of your College Search, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0o1Dxv7Ops

Workshop 3:

Stories on a Line, in a Circle, Out in the World

Presented by Aline Mello (author and editor) and Xanda Lemos (Emory graduate student in History), supported by the Emory Woodruff Library

Stories on a Line I, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz9LLE-KHzU&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=2;

Stories on a Line II, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m14Zv3lRI0c&list=PLDSBylqXf9oGfanG0OVZd1mXFhJhMAh1i&index=3


This workshop will prepare you to write your personal statement for your college application, based on your story that is connected to stories of the people around you.  In the first video of this workshop, Emory graduate student in history Xanda Lemos talks about literatura de cordel, the civic engagement and literary movement in Brazil that expands to Latin America and beyond.  In the second video, writer and editor Aline Mello invites you to use what you learned from Xanda to gather stories of your own, then create a story about your own identity and context, as a first step to the college essay only you can write. You will then have the opportunity to submit a photo of the stories you gather and a document with your own story for comment and response from Emory graduates.  For more information and to submit your story, click here.

Submission type: Google Forms here.

Workshop 4:

Tu Nueva Familia

Presented by GSU Admissions (Downtown and Perimeter campuses)

Admissions presentation

To watch the video, click here https://share.vidyard.com/watch/b2Nqmvw9tBzX35SJmAfzXd?

Para ver el video, haz clic aquí: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/Mym2xoPWtc7oBBb5DPcq9b?

Workshop 5:

Make the Most of College

Presented by GSU Perimeter Academy

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/f6oc-AmzQ44

Workshop 6:

The Importance of Building Your Community in College

Presented by various GSU Latinx organizations

PART 1, click here https://youtu.be/EsvFQpYRolQ

PART 2, click here https://youtu.be/28-ED8mprSk

Workshop 7:

Beyond Doctors & Nurses

Presented by GSU LASSO

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/sm-oHjQqumA

Workshop 8:

Viajando y Soñando: Study Abroad Experiences

Presented by GSU LASSO

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/SQddE3xgvIk

Workshop 9:

Day in the life of a Latinx student at GSU

Presented by GSU LASSO

PART 1, click here https://youtu.be/KHxUf6qcOdw

PART 2, click here https://youtu.be/-5jlrcEjRwA

Workshop 10:

Choosing your major

Presented by GSU LASSO

PART 1, click here https://youtu.be/veTx0JBpaVc

PART 2, click here https://youtu.be/EfdgQShXeSU

Workshop 1:

Padres empoderados para un futuro educativo

Presentado por Adrián Calderón, USHLI (United States Hispanic Leadership Institute)

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/JkDMNcENtvA

Workshop 2:

El camino a la universidad - Oficina de Admisiones de Emory College

Presentado por Lupe Alfonso (decana asistente de admisiones de Emory University)

VIDEO 1: El camino a la universidad #1, click here https://youtu.be/EM3a4GNesB8

VIDEO 2: El camino a la universidad #2, click here https://youtu.be/FFbHx8AHKUY

VIDEO 3: El camino a la universidad #3, click here https://youtu.be/eZhUmOinxFo

VIDEO 4: El camino a la universidad #4, click here https://youtu.be/0pJf7muY0Mk

Workshop 3:

Becas y ayuda financiera

Presentado por la Asociación Latinoamericana (LAA) en colaboración con Hispanic Scholarship Fund

PART 1, click here https://youtu.be/QMSM_ht9zQ8

PART 2, click here https://youtu.be/oIVgzL18DFY

Workshop 4:

Consejos para padres. Gracias mami y papi.

Presentado por GSU LASSO

Para ver el video, haz clic aquí https://youtu.be/V-Oar31S_G0

Workshop 1:

De inmigrante indocumentado a médico de emergencias

Presentado por el Dr. Andrés Patiño

To watch the video, click here https://youtu.be/TJfK-mfOvP8

Workshop 2:

GA Tech Students Stories

Presented by GA Tech Students

Nina Sara Fraticelli-Guzmán | Bioengineering PhD Student | Georgia Institute of Technology

VIDEO 1: Undergrad/college video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9WRSbyE960

VIDEO 2: Grad school video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWB5RnYGDAc

Workshop 3:

University of North Georgia admission and scholarships in Spanish

Presented by University of North Georgia

To watch the video, click here https://ung.edu/undergraduate-admissions/hola.php

Workshop 4:

Tu Nueva Familia

Presented by GSU Admissions (Downtown and Perimeter campuses)

Admissions presentation

To watch the video, click here https://share.vidyard.com/watch/b2Nqmvw9tBzX35SJmAfzXd?

Para ver el video, haga clic aquí: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/Mym2xoPWtc7oBBb5DPcq9b?


Journeys to Education, First Gen: Navigating Many Worlds

Presented by Emory University

Emory Sociology Professor Timothy Dowd and former student, Marisela Martinez-Cola, now Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utah State University discuss what it means to be a "first generation" student and the many different worlds first gen students have to navigate.

To watch the video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkEJqC2qjtw&list=PLZtcO_ciOcWSsXoh2COmKsXRkFILYzcVy&index=5