The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan has the honor of continuing the legacy of the conference going forward by assuming leadership of the event and adding it to the Center’s programming. For the last two decades, the Latinx Youth Conference has sought to instill a passion for education in students by offering them:
• A glimpse into the college experience and other career pathways
• Coaching them on success strategies
• Affirmation of their Identity and sense of belonging
• Encouragement to envision future success now.
The goal of the conference is to cultivate an emotional and psychological worldview that
is bigger than the challenges these young people face.
The 2024 Latinx Youth Conference is a community‐led effort with more than one hundred volunteers that give time and talents to serve nearly 850 eighth-grade middle school students. Managed for the first time by the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, the event would not be possible without the generosity of partners that support an enhanced quality of life for underserved communities.
Thank you in advance for your participation and collaboration.
Grand Rapids Community College (111 Lyon St NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503).
Thursday, February 29, 2024.
From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Margaret Dominguez was born and raised in Mexico. She holds a B.S. in Physics from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico. She also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. Since 2009 she has been working as an Optical Engineer at NASA Goddard Space flight Center; where she is currently the test lead for the Grism component of the Roman Space Telescope, which will be launched in the mid-20s.
The 2024 Latinx Youth Conference will award four laptops scholarships to eighth-grade students who meet the following criteria:
-Enrolled as an eighth-grade student at a West Michigan school
-Identify as Latinx or Hispanic
-Participate of the Latinx Youth Conference
-Submit the requested information on or before the scholarship deadline
Interested students may submit for as many of the scholarship opportunities as they wish. Scholarship dollars must be used for education-related programming (i.e. college/university, technical school, after school and/or summer programming, etc.).
Make sure to upload your application before January 12, 2024.
1204 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW, Grand Rapids MI 49503