Students Participate in Latinos in Action  Conference at Central Connecticut State University

Students Participate in Latinos in Action Conference at Central Connecticut State University

On May 1, 2019, over 275 junior high and high school students learned about leadership and opportunities to pursue higher education during the Latinos in Action (LIA) Youth Leadership Conference, May 1st, at Central Connecticut State University.

The conference brought together students and administrators from Hartford, New London, Middletown, and Brooklyn NY; for a day of workshops, cultural activities and leadership training. This year’s theme, “It’s Up to Me,” is a reminder to LIA students that they are responsible for their personal success and the success of their communities.

“We are pleased to work with administrators at CCSU to bring our students to this beautiful campus. We look forward to giving them first-class instruction and motivation from our keynote speaker and workshop presenters,” said Dr. Jose Enriquez, CEO and founder of LIA.

The conference featured a Latinos in Action alumnus as the keynote speaker. Franklin Mejías Castellanos, a graduate of South Broward High School, is the author of the book Más allá de mis manos (Beyond My Hands). He was recently awarded four Emmys at the annual Suncoast Emmy Awards in December of 2018. Franklin is a quadruple amputee who delivers a powerful message of persistence, positivity, and overcoming obstacles that brings to life the “It’s Up to Me” conference theme.

Latinos in Action has partnered with CCSU and Hartford Public Schools to make this first annual conference a reality. Hartford Public Schools was also the first school district in Connecticut to implement the Latinos in Action program. LIA is a leadership course offered at more than 200 schools across the country, serving over 9,000 students each year. Of those students, 98 percent graduate from high school and 85 percent enroll in college.

The mission of LIA is: Empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities. We achieve this through culturally responsive social-emotional learning, college and career readiness, and leadership development.

“The Youth Leadership Conference provides these brilliant students the opportunity to feel that they are part of something bigger than themselves, a principle referenced in the theme,” said Dr. Enriquez.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Eliana Cabrera at 385-207-4353 or Jose Enriquez at 801-404-0521.

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