15th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference For the past 14 years, Washington-Lee High School’s Latin American Students Association (LASA) has spearheaded the annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference. With the added leadership of Latino students from Wakefield High School and Yorktown High School, this event has grown from a school effort to a countywide event involving 350 students from all middle and high schools in Arlington. The conference is now coordinated by CELA - Congreso Estudiantil Latino Americano (Latin American Student Congress), a countywide organization of representatives from all three Arlington high schools. CELA is comprised of the officers of Latinos en Acción and Latinas Leading Tomorrow (Wakefield), Latino Club and Friends and the International Club (Yorktown), and LASA. The purpose of this one-day conference is to: Foster leadership among Latino students by involving the students in the coordination of the event; Inspire Latino students and provide positive role models by bringing successful Latinos as keynote speakers and career/college presenters; Expose students to a college campus by holding the conference in a local college or university; and Provide college and career information. The students of CELA play a key role in the planning and organizing of the event. They work with the direction and support of secondary schools’ Bilingual Resource Assistants and select the theme, plan the program, identify workshop topics, and provide support on the day of the conference. Students will convene in the morning for the keynote speakers, who will address the theme of the conference, Facing the Future Together/Enfrentar Juntos el Futuro. Students will then participate in an interactive workshop on the theme, reflecting on future goals and the challenges ahead. After lunch, high school students will attend a workshop according to their career interests. Middle School students will participate in leadership training. Arlington Public Schools, George Mason University and Escuela Bolivia, Inc. co-sponsor the conference. The conference, which will be held at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus on November 16, 2007, has been coordinated with staff support and resources from the Offices of ESOL/HILT and Minority Achievement, Department of Instruction, Department of Student Services and the Department of School and Community Relations.
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