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Latino Youth Summit to be held at University of Toledo


By La Prensa Staff


The annual Latino Youth Summit (LYS) will draw more than 500 Northwest Ohio middle and high school students to the University of Toledo over two days in mid-May. The 17th annual event is considered the largest gathering of Latino students in the region.


The LYS registration deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 24, 2019. The summit annually provides college planning and career path information through sessions about pre-high school and pre-college coursework and information about various occupational fields. Emphasis is placed on the importance of skills in science, math and technology in the current job market.

The summit also includes hands-on activities in nursing and pharmacy, engineering, health professions, health and wellness, and real-world personal finance. The students also are given a mini-preview of the UT campus.


Middle school students will attend the first day of the Latino Youth Summit on Tuesday, May 14. Those sixth through eighth grade students from Toledo Public Schools and elsewhere are bused directly to campus and spend most of their time in the student union. But campus tours are part of the dayís hands-on activities.


High school students then head to the UT campus for the summitís second day on Wednesday, May 15. Those students will have access to a college fair, as well as the usual activities where they explore various career and educational pathways. Students also receive a free T-shirt.


Results of studies show that preparation for college success needs to begin early and must be sustained throughout a studentís academic career. One goal of the Summit is to address the Latino achievement gap in northwest Ohio, and the reality of a growing Latino population.


The summitís first goal is to get Latino students to even consider college, by showing them all of their options after high school. Volunteers also will talk to students about the Latino-oriented supports on the UT campus once there, such as mentoring by other Latino students and successful adults attached to the UT alumni affiliate. Retention and completion activities are just as important as recruitment these days for the overall success of Latino students.


The summit each year features a keynote speaker with ties to the Latino community who share their story of success in overcoming adversity. The speech includes a message of hope to inspire the student audience to reach higher. This yearís keynote speaker will be Dr. German Garcia-Fresco, otherwise known as Dr. Fresco. He is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur from California, who will speak to students about "10 Things I Didn't Learn in School."


LYS also will welcome new partners from UT's Biology Department, the College of Health and Human Services, and Huntington Bank. 


Students are bussed to the UT campus from their home school districts. Those attending the summit are held to a code of conduct. The same behavioral rules apply as the ones at their home school. A three-strike system is in place, up to and including dismissal from the summit.


Latino high school seniors who plan to attend UT m the fall are facing a Feb. 28 deadline to apply for a Presidentís Summit Award scholarship, which provides $2,000 and first-year housing, for a total of $10,000 in aid. Students must attend the summit and maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. There are ten such scholarships available.



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