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FIFTH ANNUAL LATINO YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark Office of University-Community Partnerships.

The Youth Advisory Council created the framework for the conference which included the design of the t-shirts and the conference theme: Life Is Color Blind -"Color is not something that should impact how we address and treat each other"said M. Anthony Cardona.

The conference featured the following tracks: Obstacles and Pitfalls of a Minority Male College Student; STEM Pathways for Young Men; Embracing Ethnicity; Youth at Work; Prepare Yourself for a Job and Our Signature Workshop: Man-UP Hermano Leadership Training on Public Speaking.

Keynote Speaker: Goldin Martinez, Founder and CEO of Get Focused! Get Focused is a social movement led by certified personal trainers whose mission is to empower young people to read and exercise. The company was launched in 2009 by personal trainer Goldin Martinez as a way to teach young people the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. As a personal trainer, Goldin realized that there was a need for a quality fitness program that would teach young people about the importance of exercise and staying healthy and decided that creating a movement called Get Focused would become his mission. Goldin's vision was to create a movement that would go beyond just squats and push-ups and begin to introduce youth to the fundamentals of building a strong mind and body so that they can ultimately build a strong future for themselves.

Get Focused creates fitness-based book fairs and pop-up shops that begin to plant the seeds of literacy and exercise into our communities. They partner with schools, hospitals, recreation centers, and nonprofit organizations looking to inspire children to read and exercise. Through these successful partnerships Get Focused has been able to inspire thousands of young people to live a healthy and active lifestyle. To bring Get Focused to your community please contact us at Info@getfocused.org

Guest Speakers:  Honorable Mayor Ras. J. Baraka, City of Newark; Senator Teresa Ruiz; Andre Hewitt, Esq. Certified Trainer with Dale Carnegie in NY; Humberto Baquerizo, MBA- Rutgers NJMS Office of Diversity; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - NJIT; Dr. Jose Aviles, Vice Principal, Franklin Township NJ; John Fernandez, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity, Inc; Ariel Fernandez, Academy For Urban Leadership Charter School located in Perth Amboy. Boys to Leaders Foundation is proud to once again, partner with The Anibal Ramos, Jr. Civic Association and awarded a scholarship to Angel Masonaive, from our Youth Advisory Board. 

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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