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MEDIA ADVISORY: Latino Youth Leadership Conference to be held at Emory Dec. 1

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Nearly 1,200 college-bound Latino middle and high school students from across metro-Atlanta and the state will gather on the Emory campus Saturday, Dec. 1 for the 13th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC), “The Stepping Stone for Your Future: Identity, Knowledge and Leadership.”

This is the second year in a row Emory has hosted the conference, which is a major initiative of Atlanta’s Latin American Association. The LYLC is designed to help motivate middle school and high school Latino youth to graduate from high school and attend college (registration for the conference is closed, but media are welcome to attend).

(See "Latino Youth Leadership Conference brings visibility to Emory's outreach to local community" for more details about the conference.)

Nearly 1,200 Latino middle and high school students, plus parents, college and corporate volunteers and school staff. Guest speakers include AT&T research scientist Alicia Abella and motivational speakers Consuelo Kickbusch and Ernesto Mejia.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Emory University, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta

The Latin American Association's LYLC features dozens of breakout sessions on topics such as immigration, deferred action, bilingualism and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Sessions also address how to write the college essay, how to prepare stress-free for the SAT and how to apply for scholarships. There will also be a career and college fair and a workshop for eighth-graders on transitioning into high school.

• In conjunction with the LYLC, a panel discussion on "Latinos, Education & The Future of the US: Crisis and Possibility" will be held at Emory Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Dr. The panel is sponsored by the university's Academic Learning Community on Latinos, Higher Education and Emory. 

The panel will be moderated by John Latting, Emory's dean of admissions. Panelists include: Frances Contreras, associate profesor of education studies, University of California – San Diego; Luis R. Fraga, associate vice provost for faculty advancement at the University of Washington; and James Montoya, vice president of relationship development for The College Board.

CONTACT: Media interested in covering the conference should contact Aixa Pascual at the Latin American Association at 404-638-1823 or

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