Hispanic Youth Educational Summit
The Hispanic Educational Summit is an initiative of the NCSHP to promote and disseminate information on the benefits of formal and higher education among the Hispanic youth of North Carolina.
There is a vital need to encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, excel in their studies and pursue higher education. The Summit has been planned in part to fulfill this need. As you know, educated Latino youth, who become acculturated role models, are a tremendous investment in North Carolina’s future.
Our Summit is the largest educational conference in North Carolina for middle and high school Hispanic students. More than 10,000 students from schools in more than 50 counties throughout North Carolina have participated in our annual summit initiative since 2000. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute’s study “The New Latino South and the Challenge to Public Education” by Andrea Wainer highlights our summit initiative as: “Especially noteworthy is the NCSHP which organizes an annual statewide Hispanic educational summit“.
- To serve as an outreach program to promote education among 7th – 12th grade Hispanic students utilizing workshops and presentations.
- To motivate Hispanic students to excel at their highest potential in their studies through motivational talks by speakers who have achieved success in their professional careers.
- To offer Hispanic students tips and information to acquire skills and develop strategies to improve their academic achievements.
- To inform Hispanic students on educational opportunities and school programs in various community colleges and universities.
Workshops / Presentations:
* Life Skills
- Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
- Pregnancy Prevention and More..!
* Education Planning
- Graduation Requirements
- Study Skills
- School Resources
- SAT Preparation and More..!
* Career Planning
- Science and Computers
- Health Careers
- Real Estate
- Media Communications
- Accounting, Finance, and Banking
- Bilingual Skills and More..!
Information on Academic Programs & Services
* Community Colleges
* Universities and Colleges
* Educational Institutions
* U.S. Armed Forces
* After School Programs and More..!
Students Helping Students Go to College
At this year’s Summit, we are asking ALL students and participants to help us raise money for the “Students Helping Students Go to College” Scholarship established within the NC Hispanic College Fund.
Please bring a donation of at least $1 to contribute to this worthy cause of helping high school students realize their dreams of going to college!
Tentative Conference Agenda
Hispanic Educational Summit
Friday, March 22, 2013
7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 – 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
Welcome to Participants
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Yasmin Metivier, Panoltia, Inc.
9:40 – 10:20 AM Concurrent Session I
Exhibit Hall Visited by 11th and 12th Grade
10:30 – 11:10 AM Concurrent Session II
Exhibit Hall Visited by 9th and 10th Grade
11:20 – 12:05 PM Lunch and Prize Drawing
12:15 – 12:55 PM Concurrent Session III
Exhibit Hall Visited by 7th to 8th Grades
1:05 – 2:05 PM 2012 – 2013 Scholarship Recipients Recognition
“Stay in School Campaign” Video Contest Winners
2:05 – 2:15 PM Prize Drawing for Summit Participation Punch Cards
Opening Keynote Speaker
“Connecting Choices With Consequences”
Born to a teen mom and abandoned by his biological father, Gabe Salazar could have become a statistic. Instead, his energy, tenacity and positive spirit lead him to become a successful motivational speaker for teenagers. It wasn’t easy. He had to overcome obstacles of extreme poverty and gang influence to become the first in his family to college. He attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX and pursued a degree in Theology. He worked in Texas at a school as an aide with atrisk at behavioral students, and he was a church youth pastor. He soon discovered an amazing talent to inspire teens to pursue the very best that life has to offer. So he pursued professional youth speaking as a full-time career. And it’s certainly the best decision Gabe could have made! Today, Gabe travels all over the world speaking at schools, teen conferences, and teen camps. Through the use of master storytelling, humorous stories about his youth, and powerful skits, Gabe’s message inspires and motivates his audience to action. After Gabe’s keynote address, gang members turned in their gang rags, a teen handed over a knife he intended to use on a boy who had been bullying him, and a teen mom told Gabe she was planning to take her life and her baby’s life, but after hearing his message, she changed her mind. Gabe considers his speaking career to be extremely fulfilling. He speaks at more than 160 schools and teen events a year. This year he crosses a milestone by celebrating his 2 millionth student reached. He’s recognized as America’s #1 Latino Youth Speaker by Popular Hispanics Magazine. Gabe’s message challenges teenagers and encourages them to make positive choices in their lives and to dream big. Gabe lives in
Los Angeles, California with his wife, Nancy and four children. Gabe Salazar has been contracted by various agencies and organizations to be their keynote
Closing Keynote Speaker
Irving Zavaleta-Jiménez was born in Veracruz, Mexico. He and his family immigrated to Burlington, North Carolina in the fall of 2000.
As is the case with many recently arrived immigrant families, Irving’s parents wanted to see him and his sister have more and better opportunities for life success here in the U.S. Not surprisingly, there were many challenges along the way. Irving faced significant cultural and language barriers. He seriously considered quitting school and working full-time to help contribute with family expenses. However, a life-changing event prepared him to conquer these and many other challenges that were yet to come. Despite the major obstacles and his peers’ expectations, Irving was able to graduate from high school with honors in four years. Irving was also very proud to be the first ESL student to be inducted in the National Honor Society, winning the school’s 2004 Character Award and the Mathematics Achievement Award.
Irving also obtained a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from High Point University in 2011. Irving started IZJ Consulting, a firm which provides financial and bookkeeping services as well as inspirational speeches across the nation. We hope that you leave this conference empowered to fight for your dreams, as Irving once did.
“How Skipping College will Cost You”- Maria Teresa Palmer
Students will understand: 1.The value of higher education, 2.Some of the barriers Hispanic students encounter in school that prevent them from graduating ready for college or work, 3.how they can prepare for an overcome those barriers.
“Want a Job, Career? Accounting/Finance - Not Just for Geeks! ”- Henry Paula, Partner-CPA, CohnReznick LLP:
Introduce students to benefits of different professional careers; why and how they can overcome the obstacles they face; how they can keep themselves motivated and focused; what worked for me as a low grade high school athlete from Cuba that never studied until college; and, how my fluency in Spanish has helped me, at times. I can be specific as my profession, CPA, more general to encompass other careers or focus on financial literacy and its importance to all, no matter our work or profession.
“Hispanics and Sex Ed” -El Pueblo
“What you need to know about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” – Gabe Zeller
“Introduction to Decision Making and Consequences: Self-Image & Self- Esteem, Stereotypes” – Adela Henry
1. The Students will learn to make decisions in life and deal with stereotypes/Self- teem 2. Make good choices in school as they select their classes 3. Participate in a cooperative learning activity 3. They will learn briefly about my years as an ESL student and decisions I made to graduate from HS and college.
“Questions about Immigration Reform, Deferred Action and my Educational Future”- Ricardo Velasquez
For students to ask questions about immigration concerns, how immigration reform may affect them, how to appy for deferred action and other forms of immigration relief.
“Take Control: Discover the Winner in You”- Nora Herrera-Olivieri (In Spanish)
Descrubre tus habilidades y recursos para vencer los obstaculos que se presentan y alcanzar tus sueños y metas.
“How to be Successful in High School” – Cecilia Polanco
Steps to take while in high school to build resume, strong teacher relationships for recommendations, what to participate in, the SAT and ACT, applying to college and for scholarships.
“Why you Need to Have a Vision and Going for It” – Jenison Dominguez
“Making the most of your summer vacation: College Preparation for Middle and High School Students”: Tracy E. Ray, PhD, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Diversity, NCSU
This workshop will share with students, parents and educators information about a range of summer pre-college and enrichment opportunities available to middle and high school students offered by colleges, universities, and industries. It will also share when and how to apply and how to attend summer programs free or on partial or full scholarship as a middle or high school student.
“How to stand out on a college application”: Ryan Everett, Assistant Director, NCSU
Overview of the college application process and tips on how to make your application stand out among the others.
“How to Get the Dream Job you’ve Always Wanted”: Dr. Andrew Behnke, Professor, NCSU
Latino youth will learn to dream big, and will be given tools to help them apply themselves to be ready for the jobs of the future. Youth will learn the importance of college in making those dreams a reality. Youth will learn about the cost of college and how to fund college expenses.
“Transforming the World: Science and Engineering Power”: Marlon Aguirre
Encourage Hispanic HS students who want to pursue a career in Technology, Science. Engineering and Match (STEM). Provide an overview of the opportunities for people pursuing those kind of disciplines.
“Math and Science – Your Future Career” : Maria Hernandez, Math Instructor, NC School of Sciences and Math
To introduce students to possible careers in the math and science fields And to explain the opportunities for students to further their studies at the NC School of Science and Mathematics. In this session we will share ideas related to various careers in math and science and help students explore a few fun problems to whet their appetites. We will also share information about the NC School of Science and Math and how they can start preparing themselves for future study in these important areas.
“How to Say No and Keep your Friends” : Portia Lambright, Senior Administrator, Wake County Public School System
Participants will learn strategies on how to handle peer pressure that could get them in trouble with the law or an adult authority.
“Careers in Law Enforcement” Jose Lopez, Chief of Police, Durham Police Department
To share with the students about the career of law enforcement officer and his experiences on this field.
“The Never Boring Life on an Interpreter” : Yasmin Wurtz Metivier, President, Panoltia
If you are bilingual, the world holds many wonderful opportunities you might not know about.
“Undocumented Students CAN Go to College” : Graig Meyer, Director of Student Equity, Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools – This workshop helps undocumented students understand what options for post-secondary education are available to them and which options might be the best for them as individuals.
“Study Skills” : Ricardo Perez and Andrew Belonga
Students will learn how to improve their study skills to effectively retain their knowledge and improve their school performance.
“Careers in Law “ : Yesenia Polanco, Attorney
To share the many options available for students interested in a career in Law. The Panel will discuss their life experiences as law students and lawyers
“How Your Behavior Affects Your Education and your Future” : Maria Rosa Rangel, Senior Administrator, Communities in School Wake County
To make students aware about the challenges they will face in middle and high school such as bullying, gangs, drugs, culture isolation, culture identity and what are the NC DPI suspension policies that could get students suspended from school.
“How to Earn College Credit in High School” : Theresa Wahome Tate, Ed.D., NCDPI College Access Coordinator – How to earn College credit in high school
“Click CFNC.org: Connect to College and Careers!”: Donna Weaver, Spanish Services Coordinator, College Foundation of North Carolina
Students will learn why you need to have a solid plan in order to achieve your dream career. Students will learn ways to research the perfect career based on their individual interests. Students will learn the education required to pursue their dream career. Students will learn about awesome NEW careers they may not have heard about.
“Financial Literacy for teens” – Carrie Gray:This workshop teaches participants the basics of credit. It explains credit scores, credit reports, credit cards, loans and how to deal with debt. Throughout the topic, participants are introduced to good and bad credit and learn how to build good credit and avoid too much debt.
“Careers in the Navy – The Education of a lifetime. Career opportunities in no time“ : Jesus G. Lamberti, Recruiter and Aviator, U.S. Navy
Enlist in the Navy, and not only help your country-you positively impact your career. Here, you get an unbeatable education. Learn hands-on skills. Grow your talents. Put them to work immediately in an exciting Navy career that may translate directly to civilian jobs the world over. Top jobs. With competitive pay. because you started at the front of the line. In the Navy. Long after you finish serving your country, your training continues serving you. Ready to move forward? Pursue your degree while you serve, or complete your education later with over $70,000 for college. Earn college credits at major universities in the U.S, and on board ships serving in all corners of the globe. Get technical training in many jobs that transfer into accelerated placement in civilian fields. Or earn and Scholarship and step into a commanding position as Naval officer.
Adelante Education Coalition of NC
Appalachian State University
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
Central Carolina Community College
College Foundation of North Carolina
Cooperativa Latina Credit Union
Durham Technical Community College
NC A&T University- School of Education
NC A&T University- Admissions
NC Association of CPA’s
NC Division of Services for the Blind
UNC at Charlotte
UNC at Wilmington
UNC Health Care
UNC Medical School
Wake Technical Community College-HEP Program
North Carolina State University
FROM WESTERN REGION
Take I-40 east to Exit 295, Gorman Street Exit. Turn left, follow Gorman 2.5 miles (through 4 lights). McKimmonCenter is on right before 5th stoplight.
Take 64 East to US 1 North/440 North. Follow 440 North to Western Boulevard Exit. Exit right and follow Western Boulevard to 2nd light. At 2nd light take right onto Gorman Street. McKimmonCenter is on the left.
FROM EASTERN REGION
Take I-40 West to Gorman Street Exit 295. Turn right, follow Gorman 2.5 miles (through 4 lights). McKimmonCenter is on the right before 5th stoplight.
Take US 1 South into Raleigh. Take 440 South to Western Boulevard/NC State exit. Exit right proceed under bridge. Go to 2nd light on Western Boulevard and turn right onto Gorman Street. McKimmonCenter is on the left.
Take US 1 North. US 1 North merges into 440 North. Follow 440 North to Western Boulevard Exit. Follow Western Boulevard to 2nd light. Take right onto Gorman Street. McKimmonCenter is on the left.
Summit 2013 Commentary Final