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Latino Youth Conference

GRCC's Bob & Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center presents the 15th annual Latino Youth Conference March 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. The theme of this year's conference is   "The Power of Dreams" (El Poder De Soñar).

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 fifteenth 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, juliemushing@kentisd.org

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 2014)
  •  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 8th through 12th grade students to participate in the fifteenth annual Latino Youth Conference Student Art Contest.  This contest is open to all Kent ISD eighth through twelfth grade students 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, flyers and t-shirts.  The conference will be held on March 4, 2014 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 8th through 12th grade students
  • 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.  

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

We are pleased to announce the 2014 winners:

  • 1st place Daniel Lopez, City High School
  • 2nd place winner Breza Gonzales, Innovation Center High School
  • 3rd place winner Alex Vasquez Valasquez, Kent Career Tech Center

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork.

The winners were recognized at the Latino Youth Conference. 

Call for Program Proposals

The Latino Youth Conference Committee invites you to submit a program proposal, please see Call for Program Proposal by January 31st.