March 14, 2008

Promoting Higher Education to High School Latinas in Southern California

“Following Our Dreams and Creating Our Future” “Siguiendo Nuestros Sueños y Creando Nuestro Futuro”

The Association of Chicana Activists (A.Ch.A.) is providing their 15th Annual High School Student Conference. Free workshops promoting higher education, culture, and activism will reflect this year’s theme: “Following Our Dreams and Creating Our Future.” The conference will be held at San Diego State University on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 @ 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free parking is available.

Since 1993, this conference has been motivating young Latinas to explore education, self empowerment, networking, and leadership skills through workshops centered on self-esteem, cultural awareness, civic involvement, health/beauty, college life, and political awareness. Each year, the conference brings 500-1,000 junior and high school students from San Diego, Imperial Valley and surrounding areas. Elvia A. Gonzalez from Southwest High School notes that the one new thing she learned that she will pass on to others is “(to) be successful but not at the expense of forgetting or letting go of who you are.”

Guadalupe Corona, one of the founding mothers of A.Ch.A. will be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual event. Ms. Corona currently serves as the Systemwide Director of the Latino/a Achievement Initiatives at Alliant International.

Both female and male students from middle schools and high schools are invited, as well as parents/guardians and other community members. Many workshops related to cultural, educational, sexual and career awareness are provided along with a free continental breakfast, lunch and entertainment. A.Ch.A is a non-profit student organization. Financial contributions earmarked help underwrite the costs of the conference every year! 

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