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Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium to come to Towson

TU hosts nationally recognized program July 9–12

TOWSON, Md. (March 21, 2008)—Towson University will host the 2008 Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS), a nationally recognized college access program sponsored by The Hispanic College Fund (HFC) that addresses the adversity and lack of educational opportunities faced by much of the Hispanic youth today.

Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium logoHYS brings together junior and sophomore high school students, parents, business and community leaders, and academic professionals in a program that is designed to provide students with the essential resources necessary to not only graduate from high school and prepare for college, but also to develop leadership skills that will prove instrumental in their attainment of professional careers.

During the four-day symposium, students will be exposed to life on a college campus and participate in a wide array of activities and workshops. These activities include promoting leadership abilities, preparing students for college, career counseling, mentorship, and fostering a sense of ethnic pride and self-confidence.

After students participate in the symposium, they will be engaged in year-round activities to further encourage personal and professional growth. Implicit in the program is the belief that every student who participates has the potential to graduate from college, develop a professional career, and ultimately give back to his or her community. Moreover, they will have access to an invaluable formal support network consisting of peers, parents, mentors and professional connections.

“For Towson University, hosting the 2008 HYS underscores our commitment to diversity,” says Gustavo Minaya, assistant director of admissions, who will be one of many participating in program. “Diversity on campus is something that our administration, faculty, staff, and student body strongly believe in and strive for. We must credit the Hispanic College Fund for creating such a vitally important program that will benefit and possibly change the lives of over 200 college-bound Hispanic/Latino students. We are honored to have Towson host the Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium.”

The Maryland Hispanic Symposium will run July 9–12 and include over 200 high school students and 26 resident assistants. Those who wish to volunteer, sponsor or obtain additional information about the symposium are encouraged to visit the Hispanic Youth Symposium Web site for more details.

 

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