Idaho Hispanic Youth Summit

More than 760 students are registered for the annual Idaho Hispanic Youth Summit at Boise State University on Monday.

Courtesy of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

The annual Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit in Boise Monday will bring together more than 760 Idaho students for a day of workshops and interviews with college and internship recruiters.

It's the largest gathering of Hispanics in the state, according to the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, which is putting on the event.

Idaho colleges and universities, along with Portland State University, will be on hand to interview high school seniors and offer approximately $300,000 in scholarships. The Idaho National Laboratory will interview students for paid summer internships.

The summit, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boise State University Student Union Building, will focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), leadership skills, college preparation and substance abuse prevention.

STEM workshops will be put on by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Meridian Library District, the Micron Foundation and BSU’s Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers.

Boise Police will provide substance abuse prevention workshops, and the University of Idaho and the College of Southern Idaho will present on financial aid.

Second Chance Grace will bring in a mobile maximum security prison cell — a replica of presenter Peter Vasquez’s prison cell — to help students understand the consequences of substance abuse. Vasquez will talk about how he turned his life around.

Roberto Rivera, president of The Good Life Organization, will give the keynote address.

Rivera is an award-winning artist and educator who specializes in applying best practices in engaging youth. He earned an undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he created his own major titled “Social Change, Youth Culture and the Arts." He got his master’s at University of Illinois at Chicago in youth development with a focus on social justice, urban education and hip-hop.


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