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Latino Youth Empowerment and Legacy Building at Center of 2017 NCLR Líderes Summit

**On-site Press registration opens at noon on Friday, July 7 - North Building, Room 122B, Phoenix Convention Center**

PHOENIX—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will convene hundreds of young Latino leaders from across the country at the 2017 NCLR Líderes Summit on July 8–10. The youth gathering will run concurrently with the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference held at the Phoenix Convention Center. Wells Fargo is the champion sponsor of this year’s Líderes Summit.

Every year, the Líderes Summit brings together a talented array of Latino students and young professionals for three days of experiential learning activities, discussion forums, and cultural presentations geared at promoting youth empowerment and leadership development. The Summit seeks to amplify the youth voice on issues of concern to our community—a voice that is becoming increasingly important in these politically charged times. Today’s youth are more involved in advocacy than ever before, and Líderes gives them the tools to harness that passion to lead efforts for change in their communities. From the impact of recent policies on immigration to the importance of financial security, the event offers young Latinos a platform to weigh in on timely issues, and a place for youth to gather, learn and commit to being part of positive change in their communities

The Summit is composed of two tracks: Rising Leaders for participants ages 14–18, and Avanzando for college-age participants 18–23 years old. The gathering will offer attendees an opportunity to take part in academic and career-readiness workshops tailored to their age group. Attendees will also benefit from and network with community leaders, activists and changemakers across a variety of sectors.

This year’s Summit is particularly significant as it will feature a legacy session highlighting the collective strides Latino leaders and organizations have made to advance the civil rights of the Latino community, including one of our own: former NCLR President and CEO Raul Yzaguirre. The NCLR Líderes Legacy Session will reflect on Raul’s contributions to this movement. It will also set the stage for how young Latinos can leverage their talents and drive to carry the torch and build upon a legacy of Latino progress.

The NCLR Líderes Initiative is a national youth leadership program that seeks to broaden academic and career opportunities for young Latino students, and elevate their influence as leaders in the United States. Follow Líderes-related events on Twitter at #Lideres17 and #NCLR17.


WHAT:2017 NCLR Líderes Summit 
NCLR Líderes Legacy Session—The Making of America: U.S. History Through the Latino Lens
WHEN:The Líderes Summit runs July 8 through July 10; here is a full agenda of activities and speakers. Highlights include the following:
NCLR Líderes Legacy Session
Saturday, July 8, 3–4:30 p.m. MT
Moderator: Brenda Perez, Community Activist 
Daniel R. Ortega, Jr., Former NCLR Board Chair
Stella Pope Duarte, Author, Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power
Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino
Viridiana Hernandez, Executive Director, Center for
Neighborhood Leadership
WHO:Latino youth leaders from across the United States
WHERE:Líderes Summit
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.