Please welcome our eighth-grade attendees of today’s Latino Youth Conference

Area eighth-graders be on campus today to hear from first-generation college student Gabe Salazar during the Latino Youth Conference. This year’s conference theme is “El Poder De Soñar” (the Power of Dreams).

The conference is a community initiative hosted by GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion; along with the keynote speaker, it also includes workshops and presentations designed to encourage West Michigan eighth-graders to continue their education beyond high school.

So if you see any guests on campus today, please make them feel welcome!

Volunteers needed for Latino Youth Conference

The 18th Annual Latino Youth Conference at Grand Rapids Community College on March 7th, 2017, is quickly approaching!

The goal of the Latino Youth Conference (LYC) is to develop and empower youth leadership in the community; strengthen the sense of community among Latino youth in West Michigan; bring youth leaders of the community together to create better crossroads of understanding and connections; and create meaningful connections between area youth and adults.

Theme: El Poder de Soñar – The Power of Dreams

Keynote address: Given by Paul Hernandez

Artwork has been selected , breakout sessions are scheduled, and we need your help in the following areas:

  • Greeting students and staff when they arrive
  • Assisting with school counselors
  • Making sure the students know where they need to be
  • Assisting during breakfast and lunch

To make this event run smoothly, we depend on our volunteers.  Please forward this request to others that may be interested in helping.

Volunteer Orientation:  Monday, March 6th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, Room 212.

Latino Youth Conference:  Tuesday, March 7th, 7:30 am – 2:00 pm at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse

To assist the committee with final preparations by Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 2017, please reply to Lorena Aguayo-Márquez at or Marisol Blanco at if you are able to volunteer your time.  Please include your name, organization, title, address, phone number, email, t-shirt size and what time you will be able to attend the volunteer orientation.

Raider Salute to Tamber Bustance

A special thanks to Tamber Bustance for helping Trio Peer Mentors Amanda Aguirre, Hien Nguyen, and Enemecia Sepulveda present at the 2015 Latino Youth Conference:

You have given us the opportunity to experience public speaking at a professional level that has helped us excel as college students at Grand Rapids Community College. Because of this experience that you have given us, we have taken these public speaking skills and have used them recently at the MICAPP Student Leadership Summit, where we presented to high school students seeking to attend college. After getting many compliments on our presentation from staff and students it filled our hearts with joy. We are endlessly thankful to have worked with you, and hope to work with you on future projects.