Youth Advocacy and Leadership

eLatina Voices, in partnership with the Helios Education Foundation, Chicanos Por La Causa and the National Latino Children’s Institute, will convene the National Latino Children’s Summit on October 20 and 21, 2016 in Phoenix, Az.

We are calling on young Latinos, between the ages of 16-24 years, to participate in the Youth Leadership Summit and explore the issues and challenges facing our Latino youth. This two-day summit will bring together students and summit participants with policymakers and other partners to dialogue, learn and commit to taking actions for the betterment of children and their future. 150 young adults, ages 16 to 24, from Arizona will be selected.

FIRST DAY: On day one, the Youth Advocacy and Leadership Summit will convene 150 students at the University of Arizona, Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, located at 550 E. Van Buren for a leadership, advocacy and civic engagement curriculum.

Student participants will attend leadership, advocacy and community engagement sessions designed to build knowledge, advocacy skills, and civic engagement savvy. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues of concern in their communities and develop possible solutions. Advocacy skills will be developed and honed so that participants will ultimately articulate personal thoughts on public policy issues using multiple strategies and modalities.

SECOND DAY: On day two, the Youth Leaders will join attendees of the National Latino Children’s Summit at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown and engage in roundtable discussions with Latino leaders and community based organizations about the most pressing challenges facing young Latinos in the United States and in Arizona. A dialogue with elected officials during the Legislative Debate is included as part of the advocacy and civic engagement training. The Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity to learn and practice our “voice” in community and political engagement processes.

Participants must provide their own transportation and hotel accommodation. High school students must submit a planned/excused absence from the school attendance office and a signed waiver from parents. Once registered, these will be given or sent to you. Bring them with you on First Day.

You are not registered until paid on the next page, if payment applies.

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