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Santa Monica College To Host 25th Annual Latina/O Youth Conference This Saturday

Posted Feb. 26, 2014, 9:08 am

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica College Latino Center will present its 25th Annual Latina/o Youth Conference this Saturday, March 1.

The conference will be held at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.

This year’s conference theme is “The History, You, and the Future.” The conference features two keynote speakers: Civil rights activist and United Farm Workers cofounder Dolores Huerta, and motivational speaker Roy Juarez Jr., renowned as an advocate for homeless youth and education.

The daylong conference focuses on encouraging and motivating young Latinos and Latinas to pursue higher education and build strong foundations for future achievements. Open to high school seniors, as well as Santa Monica College students, the conference includes interactive workshops, peer panel discussions, and a college and career expo.

At the expo, conference attendees will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from several colleges and universities – including UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, SMC, and more – as well as to Latinos and Latinas working and pursuing careers in a wide variety of professions.

The conference, which attracts more than 500 attendees each year, was founded by Guadalupe Castro, Gloria Curiel, María León-Vazquez, and Rita Morales.

For additional details, visit or call 310.434.8520.

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