The 15th annual Latino Summit at Harper College was a successful event which occurred on Friday November 20th, 2015. There were over 510 students in attendance. The event has continued to grow with a passion for inspiring youth to establish post secondary goals for college attendance and career development. The Latino Summit also takes great pride in establishing scholarships for Latino Senior students. This year there were 36 scholarships awarded to deserving students. The scholarship process is highly competitive with over 120 scholarship applications received. The Latino Summit Committee is a selfless committee that continues to prosper and pay it forward to younger generations!
"Every 30 seconds, a Latino citizen turns 18 and becomes eligible to vote," Gabriel Sanchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, said at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual policy conference in Washington on Tuesday." That's 66,000 each month. That's a powerful number." We Latinos and Latinas are a powerful people in many respects, so we need to start using this power, especially when it comes to politics. We need to get involved in politics, and at least educate ourselves in the area so that we have our voices heard.
Click here to see How Young, Diverse Voters Will Shape 2016's Elections
Where were you 5 years ago? Five years ago, 33 Chilean miners were trapped about 2,000 ft. underground when their mine collapsed. The world stood still, holding their breath and awaiting news of any survivor. The movie 'The 33' came out on 11/13/15.
Watch was the Latino actors had to say about this historic event in Latino history: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/stars-chilean-mining-movie-33-drama-affirmation-life-n459866
13 Northwest Suburban High Schools To Participate In 14th Annual Latino Summit
More than 500 northwest suburban high school students will participate in the 14th annual Latino Summit on Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harper College.
The all-day event, which focuses on the importance of staying in school and pursuing higher education, targets Latino high school freshmen and sophomores, including students from Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, John Hersey, Rolling Meadows, Vanguard and Wheeling high schools; Maine East and Maine West high schools; Glenbrook South High School; Barrington High School; and Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine high schools.
The keynote speaker is Andres Lara, who escaped from Cuba at the age of 16 and arrived in the U.S. without any money or his parents, according to his biography. At the time, he did not speak the English language. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.thecubanguy.com/
Now 26, he is currently the CEO of A. Success Training, former president of Inspiration Magazine and a nationally known speaker. He is also the author of three books and has appeared on radio shows and news articles across the country.
Transportation and lunch will be provided at no cost to participants. Students will hear presentations by Latino professionals and college students. Speakers will discuss the obstacles they have overcome in order to achieve success.
The inspirational and informative program will help participants begin making plans for life after high school, which is key to realizing their goals. Students will also have a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, make contacts and meet peers with similar aspirations for the future. Presentations will be made in English and Spanish.
The Latino Summit is a self-supported endeavor and each year must find funds to finance the event and the scholarships provided to deserving seniors. For more information or to offer financial support, whether individual or corporate, please contact Claudia Rueda-Alvarez at Cruedaalvarez@maine207.org. Also feel free to visit the official Latino Summit website at LatinoSummitNWS.org