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On October 22, 2016, In partnership with Rutgers University–Newark Office of University-Community Partnerships, Newark Public Schools, and the Garden State Scholars.  We hosted 150 high school male students ranging from the ages of 13-20.

The Latino Youth Leadership Conference featured five tracks:  “The Reality of an Athletic Scholarship”, by “How Do I Afford College”, “Breaking Stereotypes” our signature workshop “Man-Up Hermano! Leadership Training” and “Just Do It” presented by Nike’s Regional Director. These workshops include the important life skills within the Latino community; leadership training and mentoring opportunities. The facilitators are experienced professionals within their field.  

Our distinguished Keynote speaker was Juan Cartagena President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who has vast experience litigating cases on behalf of Latino and African American communities in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, language rights, access to public education for poor and language minority children, and housing. Mr. Cartagena is a former Municipal Court Judge in Hoboken, NJ. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Cartagena also served as General Counsel to the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

Featured Guest Presenters included:  Mr. Engelbert Santana, Assistant Dean of Advisement for the Honors Living Community, Rutgers University-Newark; Da’Mon Merkerson, Academic Advisor, Temple University; Judge Severiano Lisboa III, Jersey City, Municipal Court; Jason Cortés Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark; Patti Coleman, Retail Territory Director for NIKE; Michael Plata, Esq. Partner at Archer & Greiner; Amod Field, Vice Principal of International H.S. Boys to Leaders Foundation is proud to partner with The Anibal Ramos, Jr. Civic Association who this year awarded the first educational scholarship to Joseph Terrones, from our Youth Advisory Board. Mr. Ramos has committed to offering one of our members a scholarship every year as his commitment to our youth.

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