Latino Youth Conference

GRCC's Bob & Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion presents the 18th annual Latino Youth Conference "The Power of Dreams" (El Poder De Soñar) March 7, 2017, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

The Latino Youth Conference was created to encourage and motivate all youth to strive for educational excellence. It is our hope that this conference helps students to realize that higher education is a vehicle for a successful future.

The Latino Youth Conference will celebrate its eighteenth year in Grand Rapids. The conference seeks to encourage and motivate West Michigan 8th grade middle school students to look beyond the goal of high school graduation to higher education.  

The conference is free and open to all interested 8th grade students.

For student registration questions please contact Julie Mushing,

2016 Latino Youth Conference

2015 Latino Youth Conference

2014 Latino Youth Conference

2013 Latino Youth Conference

2012 Latino Youth Conference

Latino Youth Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $1,000 to seniors in high school (see sidebar for cover, application and recommendation form). 

Applicant Eligibility

  •  Senior (class of 2017)
  •  Actively attending high school
  •  Be of Hispanic Heritage
  •  Fall under one of the following categories:
  • Academic Achievement (GPA of 3.0 and above)
  • Academic Progress (GPA of 2.00-2.99) 

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Hispanic Scholarship

Art Contest

We invite you to encourage your Kent ISD students 8th grade and up to participate in the eighteenth annual Latino Youth Conference Student Art Contest. This contest is open to all Kent ISD students 8th grade and up who would like to submit their one dimensional art work.

The purpose of the contest is to recognize student artwork which focuses on Latino culture and heritage and to build excitement for higher education.

The Latino Youth Conference Planning Committee will select three winners from the pool of entries. The winning artwork will be used for the conference program cover, posters and flyers. The conference will be held on March 7, 2017, at the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse.

Guidelines for artwork

  • The one dimensional artwork should reflect the theme of the conference; “The Power of Dreams” or “El poder de soñar”
  • Open to all Kent ISD students 8th grade and up
  • The image should be colorful and reflect something that is common to all the various Latino cultures and heritages
  • Include on the back of artwork: Student name, school, school mailing address, teacher email address and phone number
  • Art entries need to be submitted no later than December 1.  

The winners of the 2017 Latino Youth Conference Artwork Contest:

1st place winner: Gustavo Vargas, Southwest Community Campus

2nd place winner: Lizbeth Lopez, Southwest Community Campus

3rd place winner: Elise Van Stensel, Rockford Middle School

Prizes:  1st place $200.00, 2nd place $100.00, and 3rd place $50.00