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February 6, 2008 > Latino education summit

Latino education summit

By Shari Wargo

"Education is Everybody's Business- Motivating Students into Higher Education" was the theme and motto of the Latino Summit event held at California State University East Bay (CSUEB) on Saturday, Feb. 2. According to their press release, CSUEB, Chabot College, Hispanic Business, Education and Training, Inc., Hispanic Chamber of Alameda County, and the Alameda County office of Education held the summit to "improve the education of and opportunities for Latino youth in Alameda" County. The response to this event was overwhelming on Saturday as parking lots reserved for the event were nearly full, and though the conference began at 8:30 a.m., more students were still arriving at 11 a.m. to learn about the amazing opportunities open to them.

The day-long event consisted of breakfast, lunch, a conference and resource fair, and information about many doors to new possibilities for the attending teens. As part of the resource fair portion of the Latino Summit event, different classrooms at CSUEB held discussions or covered information for the betterment of high school students. In one room, scientists and engineers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were involved in a career panel discussion while in other rooms discussions highlighted how to get into college and how to interview with a college recruiter. Some classrooms focused on success in the workplace, business career insight, vocational career information, and finances.

CSUEB's Latino Summit not only focused on sharing ways Latino high school students could graduate high school and get into college, but also provided helpful tips about the college experience following the acceptance letter. Students learned methods to pay for college. They learned about how community college can help, what tests are necessary take and what happens when a student transfers. Moreover, CSUEB offered on-the-spot admissions the day of the event. Latino high school students were able to apply and receive admission to CSUEB without the mailing and waiting process. Helpful staff was nearby to assist with the process.

The Latino Summit was an incredible opportunity for attending high school students, not only because they received instant admission information, but for the additional information available as well. The summit was about more than simply attending an institution of higher learning, it was about success, the reason for college in the first place. Students at the summit were offered a variety of tools in order to live a successful life, meaning a healthy and happy one.
A workshop titled "Don't Worry, by Happy" demonstrated simple Yoga techniques for the students' relaxation. Another workshop called "Nutrition for College Bound Students: How to beat the Freshman Fifteen," with the expertise of Dr. Lucy Phuong and Dr. Paul Espinas, showed students how to stay fit, active and make healthy choices during stressful times and changes in your life.

The Lawrence Hall of Science's Family Health program created the "Food and Fitness Festival." This festival had 12 hands-on and interactive stations designed to promote nutrition, physical activity and awareness of the importance of fruits and vegetables for wellness. The Hayward Nutritional Learning Community Project (HNLCP), a program founded by Hayward Unified School District teachers in 2002, uses this hands-on festival to teach kids about fruits and vegetables in local schools. The "Financial Literacy" workshop informed students about how to manage money in order to have good credit. Students also learned how to take control of their credit, pay for college and other expenses, and consider financially rewarding careers.

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