Hispanic College Fund Announces Third Annual Greater Washington Hispanic Youth Symposium

Hispanic College Fund Announces Third Annual Greater Washington Hispanic Youth Symposium


Washington, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 30, 2006–One hundred and thirty high school students from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia will have a rare opportunity to learn about college and careers at the third annual Greater Washington Hispanic Youth Symposium, July 6-8 at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

The Hispanic College Fund’s Greater Washington Hispanic Youth Symposium begins Thursday July 6th with a challenge to the students to frame issues that affect them and to design solutions. Other topics covered the first day include: foundations for personal success, the importance of team building and networks, as well as exploration of talent, art and public speaking.

On Friday July 7th students will gain a greater understanding of how to choose a college, prepare for college, write a powerful essay, and finance college. All of the college sessions will be facilitated by admissions officers from top colleges across the country and Hispanic College Fund Scholars. Later in the second day the students will learn about professional career tracks from Lockheed Martin, Kaiser Permanente, Capital One and the Federal Government.

The final day, Saturday July 8th, is dedicated to celebrating their accomplishments and awarding more than $28,000 in scholarships and grants.

“Our message to the Hispanic youth attending the symposium is to complete high school and pursue college degrees,” said George Cushman, Director of Development for the Hispanic College Fund and Executive Director, Hispanic Youth Symposium. “The Hispanic Youth Symposium provides help in many ways but it’s the partnerships that provide long term support.“

Over the three days more than 150 volunteers (25 are alumni of the Hispanic Youth Symposium or the Hispanic College Fund), 30 colleges and universities, 20 partner organizations and 50 role models will stress academic achievement, community service and personal responsibility to the students. “The supporting nonprofit organizations, corporations and federal agencies provide an environment of support for young Hispanics who have the potential to become ideal candidates for internships or other hiring programs in a few years,” said Jeffrey Vargas, Manager of Diversity Programs for the National Nuclear Security Agency, Founder and Chair of the Hispanic Youth Symposium.

Additional Hispanic Youth Symposia: The second annual Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland on July 13-15, 2006 and the first Fresno, California Hispanic Youth Symposium will be held at California State University – Fresno on August 4-6, 2006. For more information on the Hispanic Youth Symposium, please visit our website at: http://www.hispanicyouth.org

The three day symposia are supported by Kaiser Permanente, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Department of Agriculture, CapitalOne, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur and Education Foundation, Educational Credit Management Corporation, General Dynamics, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Treasury, Clark Construction, Children’s National Medical Center, National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers, The Washington Post, Minority Business Roundtable, and Telemundo 64.

The Hispanic Youth Symposium is a program of the Hispanic College Fund. The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals in America. The HCF mission is to provide Hispanic students with the vision, resources and mentorship needed to attain successful careers and become community leaders. Since its founding in 1993, HCF has supported the education of over 3,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $6 million in grants. Through programs like the HCF Scholarship Program, Hispanic Youth Symposium, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), HCF Connections and the HYP Leadership & Development Program, HCF is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders. For more information about the Hispanic College Fund, please visit our website at: http://www.HispanicFund.org

Hispanic College Fund Announces Third Annual Greater Washington Hispanic Youth Symposium