Youth Summit 2014 continues to inspire students
The University of Toledo’s annual Latino Youth Summit
(LYS)—presented by the Office of Excellence and
Multicultural Student Success—has been inspiring achievement in
Latino students for 12 years.
A one-day event open to students in grades 6-12, this year’s LYS
is Wednesday, May 7, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The LYS seeks to arm youth and families with college planning
and career path information through sessions about pre-high
school and pre-college planning, and information about various
occupational fields. Special emphasis is placed on the
importance of skills in science, math and technology in today’s
“This program is geared towards the Latino student. It’s a full
school day on a college campus with college professors and
students as presenters and guides. It gives the students that
one-on-one time to ask questions and see firsthand some of the
amazing things our students experience at UT every day,” said
Cecilia Rivera, UT Greek Life coordinator and co-director of
LYS. “Most of our volunteers are UT alumni, staff and students
so it gives them great perspective.”
Sam Centellas was chosen as this year’s keynote speaker.
Centellas currently serves as the Executive Director at La
Casa De Amistad in South Bend, Indiana. He worked as a
higher education professional at several universities and was
also the National President of his fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta
International Fraternity, Inc.
“I saw him speak at a conference and felt his message would fit
our program. His presentation entitled “Abuelita’s Hands” is
just we need for a program like LYS. This presentation talks
about the significance of family, tradition and then importance
for people to work together and drive towards common goals,”
Scholarships will be awarded to eight high school seniors who
plan to attend UT. The scholarship includes one year of
on-campus housing and $8,000 in tuition dollars split up in
$2,000 increments over four years.
A summer program for migrant farmworker children is also part of
the Latino Youth Summit Experience.
For more information, contact Rivera at
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