Across the country, young people are leading, advocating for change in their communities and across the country.
In January, we joined with DREAMers to demand a solution for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and listened to passionate advocates like Monica, who is undocumented and didn’t give up despite the fact that her efforts were ignored on Capitol Hill. We also heard from Joseph Trujillo, a DREAMer and President of Texas A&M’s LULAC chapter, who told the audience that he would travel hundreds of miles to keep trying to get relief passed if he had to.
In March, we stood with the Parkland students at the March for Our Lives, who emerged from tragedy as dedicated gun control advocates, determined to make sure that what they experienced would never happen again.
And our President and CEO Janet Murguía has met with students with UnidosUS Affiliates in Phoenix and in Boston. We found that youth have concerns about issues in their communities and are committed to finding solutions to the challenges they face every day.
In addition to being a resource for young people seeking to attend college and begin their adult lives, we are also inviting youth to attend our 2018 UnidosUS Annual Conference. The Conference is the largest gathering of the Hispanic community, and every year, attracts thousands interested in advocacy issues. This year, the Conference is in Washington, DC, from July 7-10.
This year our Conference will feature experiences geared exclusively for young people ages 18–23. The Future Changemakers experience will open the door for youth to accelerate their goals, network, and grow.
We are helping young people obtain the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond. And the exclusive series of workshops will tackle issues like immigration, financial empowerment, education, health, and civil rights. There is sure to be something of interest for everyone who would like to know more about what it takes to be a committed advocate for the cause of their choice.
Create change for yourself and your community
Michelle Poler, founder of Hello Fears and the creator of the 100 Days Without Fear Project will kick things off at the Future Changemakers opening session. For 100 days, Poler took on every fear that she could think of. What she’s learned about tackling challenges is important for all of us—moving from thinking “what’s the worst that could happen?” to “what’s the best that could happen?” can open up a world of possibilities.
The Future Changemakers series includes workshops like “Latinidad, the Power of Identity!”, which will offer an open and honest conversation about the diversity of the Latino experience.
Other workshops—like “Smart Money Moves” and “The Brand Called YOU! How to Shine During Your Career Search!”—will provide you with the essential tools you need as you begin your career and start your adult life.
To round out the Future Changemakers experience, we also have “The Power of 18: Mobilizing the Latino Vote in the Midterm Election” workshop, which will look at the impact that the Latino community can have in this year’s election and beyond. This is a critical time to make sure that you are registered to vote—because if you don’t like a headline, you have the power to change it. This workshop will help you get started.
Experience everything the Conference has to offer
The UnidosUS Annual Conference includes more than 40 workshops on issues like civil rights, diversity, health, financial empowerment, and immigration, so you are bound to find expert-led panels that cover what you care about the most.
You’ll hear from featured speakers like former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards; Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign; Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Silvia Olivas, Co-Executive Producer and Story Editor on Elena of Avalor. Conference will also give you the chance to network with nonprofit leaders from around the country who serve the Latino community every day.
Future Changemakers who register before June 29 will get access to a special exclusive reception and swag kit, in addition to the workshops and general sessions at Conference for an all-inclusive rate of $300. To find out more about workshops and speakers at the Conference, visit conference.unidosus.org.
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