Aimed to empower, educate and politicize, the 2010 Raza Youth Conference, sponsored by M.E.Ch.A de Sonoma and Santa Rosa Junior college, will be held Sat., April 24, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Sonoma State University. Students, professors and members of the SSU community will expose participants to a university environment, providing culturally related workshops and presentations.
The Raza Youth Conference is held annually in hopes of bridging the gap between Latinos and a higher education. Workshops and presentations will focus on the necessary tools for securing a higher education, and furthering success in the future.
Presenters will answer questions about what is needed to get into college, what financial aid opportunities are available and how scholarships can be obtained. Workshops offered will explore the topics of Latina/Chicana history, the Zapatistas and Chicana feminism.
The overall aim of M.E.Ch.A in presenting this conference is to empower students, and to "create unity amongst all raza." The conference will provide food and entertainment for the students attending, at no cost to participants.
This free conference is open to all high school students, and no pre-registration is needed, although it is available. For more information, or to pre-register, visit www.mechadesonoma.org.