Hispanic Educational Summit

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.

Recipients 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“.

Summit Objectives

  • 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.

Conference Highlights

Motivational Speakers
Workshops / Presentations:

* Life Skills
– Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
– Self-Esteem
– Pregnancy Prevention and More..!

* Education Planning
– Graduation Requirements
– Study Skills
– School Resources
– SAT Preparation and More..!

* Career Planning
– Science and Computers
– Engineering
– 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
* Museums
* After School Programs and More..!

Students Helping Students Go to College

Summit - Group of StudentsAt 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 28, 2014

8:00 – 9:45 AM    Opening Ceremony – Welcome & Keynote Lecture

9:50 – 10:30 AM   Presentation/Workshop I

(Concurrent Sessions)

Exhibit Hall Visit by 11th-12th graders

10:40 – 11:20 AM  Presentation/Workshop II

 (Concurrent Sessions)

 Exhibit Hall Visit by 9th- 10th graders

11:30 – 12:15 PM  Lunch

12:25 – 1:05 PM  Presentation/Workshop III

(Concurrent Sessions)

Exhibit Hall Visit by 7th- 8th graders

1:10 – 2:30 PM    Closing Ceremony

Keynote Speakers

2014 Opening Keynote Speaker

AndresLaraHiResSMALLER The Cuban Guy
Andres Lara

Andres graduated with honors from Montclair State University with a major in Speech Communication and a minor in creative writing. He is the author of several international-selling books including “Inspire The Sleeping Giant Within” which is published in Korea, Africa, and USA; “How To Stay Motivated During Difficult Times” and “The Finish Line”

He has appeared in famous radio shows and been featured in countless news papers all around the country. He’s currently the CEO of A. Success Training, former president of Inspiration Magazine, and a national known speaker.

His messages reach millions every week in 33 countries around the globe through his site athttp://www.TheCubanGuy.com. But what inspires his audiences the most is that he has accomplished all that by the age of 24.

Yet not everything came on a silver spoon for him. You see, at the age of 16 he escaped from Cuba. He arrived to America not knowing a word of English, without his parents, without any money, and was even homeless for a while.

How was he able to turn his life around? How did he  go from living his worst nightmare (living on the streets) to living his dream? What inspired him? What had him succeed in spite of all his challenges? That’s what he will reveal in his sessions.

2014 Closing Keynote Speaker

Pamela Silva

Pamela Silva Conde
News Anchor, Univision Network

Six-time Emmy award winning journalist, Pamela Silva Conde is co-anchor of Univision Network’s afternoon news-magazine show, “Primer Impacto” (First Impact) one of the highest-rated programs in the United States and in 12 Latin-American countries.

Prior to that she was part of the Univision Network news team as a national correspondent for the weekly newsmagazine show “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now), where she currently serves as a collaborating correspondent. In her previous role, Silva Conde anchored the leading Spanish-language morning newscast in South Florida “Noticias 23 Al Amanecer,” where she presented the news on a daily basis on both WLTV Univision 23 and WAMI TeleFutura 69. Aside from her duties as a news anchor she also worked on special feature and investigative reports, and also collaborated stories for Univision Network’s “Aquí y Ahora.”

Silva Conde joined the Univision Miami affiliate news team as an entertainment anchor and reporter in 2005, and soon became a fill-in news anchor. Prior to joining the Univision 23 news team, Silva Conde was the host of TeleFutura 69’s first local newscast, “Noticias en Noventa” (News in 90), a 90-second daily segment that brought viewers highlights of local news.

Silva Conde began her career at Univision in 2003 as a public affairs coordinator and producer for the community affairs show “Miami Ahora” (Miami Now) at WLTV 23. She also worked as a guest reporter for Univision Network shows, “El Gordo y La Flaca” (The Scoop and The Skinny), “Despierta América” (Wake-Up America) and “Control.”

A celebrated journalist, in 2006 Silva Conde won her first Emmy award for on-camera work, and in 2007 she won three additional Emmy awards for writing, news feature and human interest story. In 2009, she won her fifth Emmy for a feature story on Facebook. She was also recognized as Alumni of the Year by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Florida International University.

She is currently a member of the board of directors for Futuro Program, a nonprofit organization that provides educational services to Hispanic high school students, as well for Amigos for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect.

Silva Conde received a graduate certificate in communications from St. Thomas University and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, with honors, from Florida International University, where she also recently acquired a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Born in Lima, Peru, where she lived the first 10 years of her life, Silvia Conde moved to Miami where she currently resides with her husband.

SUMMIT 2014 Speaker Schedule:   Please view this before attending the Summit so that you and/or your students are prepared for what sessions you would like to attend.

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Feature Presentations

“How to Become a CPA – Not Just for Geeks! ” - Henry Paula, Partner-CPA at 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.

 “Introduction to Decision Making and Consequences: Self-Image & Self- Esteem, Stereotypes” – Adela Henry
tudents  will  learn to make decisions  in life  and  deal  with  stereotypes/self-esteem, make good  choices in school  as they select their classes, participate in a cooperative learning activity, and 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 stand out on a college application” – Ryan Everett, Assistant Director at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at Durham Police Department
To share with the students about the career of law enforcement officer and his experiences on this field.

“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 at 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” :  How to earn College credit in high school

“Click CFNC.org: Connect to College and Careers!”: Donna Weaver, Spanish Services Coordinator at the 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.

“How to Apply to a University, Community College and Private College” – Anna Buryk, Meredith College, Ryan Everett, NCSU and Constanza Gomez-Joines, Durham Tech
This workshop will discuss admission requirements for NC State University, Meredith College and Durham Community College as well as highlight the differences between public, private and community college admission processes.

“The SAT & ACT: Scores, Scholarships, and Your College Future” – Sheba Lowe Brown: A+ Test Prep and Academic Services
The workshop will help students understand the SAT/ACT better, improve their scores, and increase opportunities to earn college admission and scholarships. Students will be able to answer actual test questions and get real-time feedback using our electronic answering system. The session includes an overview of the SAT and ACT practice using several test questions and tips for how to score higher, and end by showing students how their test scores can help them earn college scholarships.

“Careers in Military and How To Pay for College” – Gilberto Alvarado, Military Academic Advisor at the University of North Carolina
This workshop will inform high school students about the different careers in the military and how the military can help them pay for college.

“Careers in Nursing” – Elizabeth Prata, Family Nurse Practitioner at the UNC Latino Clinic
This workshop will inform students, parents, and educators of the careers in nursing and the education needed for each.

“Personal Branding and Strengths Evaluation: Marketing Your Best Self” – Emily Gomez, Career Counselor at UNC-Chapel Hill
Students will identify their top strengths and learn how to construct stories to help with interviews and personal statements. Students will learn how to identify their transferable skills and how to stand out in a positive way.

“Introducing Health Careers” – Sherrod L. Basnight, Associate Director at Wake AHEC
Students will know the range of careers available in the health care fields. They will also learn what personal qualities a student should have that would be beneficial in a particular health career.

“The Art of Achievement” – Paul Cuadros, Writer and Associate Professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Rodrigo Dorfman, Filmmaker and Producer/Director at Melloweb Multimedia; Marlon Torres, Dancer, Choreographer and Managing Director for NC Arts in Action
If you’re serious about pursuing a career in the arts or just want to learn more about how the arts can help prepare you for success in school, other careers, and in life, you won’t want to miss this panel. Join Paul Caudros, Rodrigo Dorfman, and Marlon Torres in a conversation about the path to success in their art forms, how they’ve made a living in the arts, and how ou cna use art skills in everyday life and in preparation for college. You’ll be able to ask questions and view a trailer for a documentary based on Paul Cuadros’ book A Home in the Field and a trailer of Rodrigo Dorfman’s Roberto’s Dreams.

“What’s in Your Wallet(Banking Basics and Budgeting)” – Paul Angell and Tameka Reed, PNC Bank
This workshop will offer tips about the questions to ask and the steps to take and when applying to college.

“Kick Off Your Career in Sports Management” – Curt Johnson, Carolina Railhawks
This workshop will provide students with the benefits of majoring in sports management.


Adelante Education Coalition of NC

Appalachian State University

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina

Carolina Railhawks

Central Carolina Community College

City Of Raleigh – Public Utilities Department

College Foundation of North Carolina

Cisco Systems

Cooperativa Latina Credit Union

Democracy, NC

Durham Technical Community College

Fabio Ortiz Law Firm

Food Lion

Girl’s Scouts

Guilford College

Johnston Community College

Job Corps

Longwood University

Meredith College

Mexican Consulate

Nationwide Insurance

La Noticia

NC Association of CPA’s

NC Division of Services for the Blind

NCSU Admissions

NCSU College of Natural Resources

North Carolina Central University

PNC Bank

Social Security Administration

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC at Charlotte

UNC Greensboro

UNC at Wilmington

UNC Medical School


Wake Technical Community College-HEP Program



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Conference Location

The McKimmonCenter
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


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.

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.



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