A Report From La Oportunidad: 15th Annual Latino Youth Peace & Leadership Conference
Check out this special report from La Oportunidad that highlights their 15th Annual Latino Youth Peace & Leadership Conference that took place in May.
by Maureen Springer, Youth Program Coordinator at La Oportunidad
This year’s theme for the 15th Annual Latino Youth Peace & Leadership Conference was “Express Your Identity/Expresa Tu Identidad.” It enabled Latino youth to explore their own personal and cultural identity through a variety of different art forms (visual art, dance, music, spoken word, and theater). National keynote speaker, Gabe Salazar was wisely selected by the youth planning team to deliver a powerful message to our youth on the day of the event.
Some key outcomes from the event:
• 258 Latino middle and high school youth representing 24 Minneapolis, suburban and outstate schools, along with 68 adult mentors, school personnel, community leaders, and artists participated in the 2015 conference.
• 95% of youth expressed increased skills, knowledge and/or positive attitudes in at least one of the following areas: self, relationships, education and/or community.
• 86% of youth reported increased pride in and/or connection to their culture.
• Some things that youth reported taking away from the conference that they would use in their
everyday life were increased self-confidence, embracing and believing in themselves, and being proud of who they are.
You can see photos from the event on La Oportunidad’s Facebook page here.
For more information stay tuned for an article on this event which will be featured in our summer newsletter “Peace News” and our 2015 Annual Report to the Community. Sponsors were also included in the printed program distributed on the day of the conference as well as mentioned during the recognition portion of the event.
Thank you to our conference sponsors Augsburg College, Youthprise, Medica Foundation, Mall of America, and McDonalds for making it all possible.
On behalf of the 258 youth and 68 adults who participated at this inspiring event, we thank you again for your support, we could not have done it without it!