National Latino Children’s Summit to be held in Arizona
A Call to Action
To register please go to http://elatinavoices.org/national-latino-children’s-summit/ or http://www.nlci.org/News-and-Events/2012_Summit.html
Phoenix – The National Latino Children’s Institute, in partnership with eLatinaVoices, will convene a national summit of organizations serving Latino children on October 19-20, 2012, at the University of Arizona, Virginia Piper Campus Center, located at 550 East Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona.
The Summit will bring together child serving organizations, including educators, employers, public policy makers, community organizations and Latino leadership to have a frank discussion about the action needed to prepare Latino youth to reach their full potential and successfully join the future workforce of our nation. “The strength of our nation and Arizona is contingent on taking bold and competitive actions to develop jobs quickly, protect, educate and prepare our young and assure businesses are invested in developing the Latino workforce for the future. The time is now and action is our priority.” stated Olga Aros, Founder of eLatinaVoices, an online community of Latinas advocating for children and change.
The Summit will gather leaders to address priorities established by the National Latino Children’s Agenda. Special sessions will cover a variety of public policy topics including: health and well-being of children; effective and equitable education; the importance of bridging identity, language, and history; child safety; youth leadership; and civic engagement and political empowerment. Subject matter experts will lead all sessions from a national level and also offer a local Arizona perspective.
Sixty youth leaders will be selected as full participants in the Summit and receive special training on leadership, advocacy and civic engagement.
Included in the Summit proceedings on October 19, 2012 is a Children’s Welcome Reception for the general public and a docudrama film viewing of “The Lemon Grove Incident” by Paul Espinoza. The film is a story of the nation’s first successful legal challenge in 1930 to school segregation and the Mexican American community response. On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the National Latino Children’s Summit will commence with Plenary Sessions, Workshops, “We the Children” Luncheon and Town Hall with invited lawmakers and public policy representatives.
Invited and confirmed speakers include:
Honorable Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
Honorable Charles A. Gonzalez, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives
Eva Longoria, Actress and Activist
Tom Saenz, President & General Counsel, MALDEF – CONFIRMED
Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO – CONFIRMED
Benito Martinez, Actor – CONFIRMED
Kipling J. Gallion, Deputy Director, Salud America! – CONFIRMED
Ana Luisa Cody, External Affairs, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – CONFIRMED
Wendy Cervantes, VP, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus – CONFIRMED
Jose A. Rico, Executive Director, U.S. Department of Education, WH Initiative on Hispanic Education
Patricia Gandara, Ph.D., Professor of Education. UCLA & Co-Director the Civil Rights Project
Registration is $100 and covers all activities. Space and attendance is limited to 260 registrants, with a priority to children serving organizations, government agencies, lawmakers, public policy advocates, Latino community leaders and advocates, youth and donors and sponsors.
To register please go to http://elatinavoices.org/national-latino-children’s-summit/ or http://www.nlci.org/News-and-Events/2012_Summit.html.
To host and sponsor the Summit and events, workshops or make a donation, please contact Yvonne Faustino, Summit Marketing Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Summit, please contact Olga Aros, NLCI Latino Children’s Summit Chair at email@example.com or call 623.845.6382.