Hispanic College Fund and USHYEE Announce Second Annual Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium

Hispanic College Fund and USHYEE Announce Second Annual Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium


Washington, D.C–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 10, 2006–One hundred and eighty high school students from Maryland will have a rare opportunity to learn about college and careers at the second annual Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium, July 13-15 at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium begins Thursday July 13th with a challenge to the students to frame issues that affect them and to design solutions. Speaking at the symposium on the first day will be Maryland Governor, Robert Ehrlich and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Nancy Grasmick. 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 14th 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, USHYEE and both the State and Federal Government.

The final day, Saturday July 15th, is dedicated to celebrating their accomplishments and awarding more than $28,500 in scholarships and grants. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC will speak at the commencement.

“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 60 role models will stress academic achievement, community service and personal responsibility to the students. “The supporting nonprofit organizations, corporations, state and federal agencies provide an environment of support for young Hispanic students and expose the students to real life experience necessary for their future success,” said Roger Campos, Chairman of USHYEE and Co-founder of the Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium.

The three day symposium is supported by Kaiser Permanente, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Energy, Maryland State Department of Education, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Department of Agriculture, ARAMARK, Maryland Department of Business Development, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation, U.S. Department of State, National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers, Minority Business Roundtable, United Way of Central Maryland and the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur and Education Foundation

Additional Hispanic Youth Symposia: The third annual Greater Washington Hispanic Youth Symposium was successfully held at Marymount University in Arlington, VA on July 6-8, 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 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

The Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium is led by the US Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE), a 501(c) 3 non profit charitable organization dedicated to the education of Hispanic youth as successful future business owners and leaders of tomorrow. USHYEE mission is to provide Hispanic Youth with comprehensive and innovative tools, leading to enhanced opportunities for building self-esteem and successful businesses. Our passion is to help Hispanic Youth not only develop the technical skills that they will need to own and operate successful businesses, but to encourage life skills that will help them to succeed at what ever they choose to do. USHYEE gives young entrepreneurs classroom experience as well as provides them real life experience, successes and failures, and helps them learn how to manage both. For more information about USHYEE please visit our website at: http://www.ushyee.org

Hispanic College Fund and USHYEE Announce Second Annual Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium