The Hispanic Student Association will host its annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. in the Wesley Center to help junior and senior high school students prepare for the future.
“We help students navigate some of the confusing paperwork and forms that go with applying for admission and financial aid,” said Nayely Ramos, music education junior.
The Leadership Conference is an event where the HSA invites 150 high school junior and senior Latino students from the Oklahoma City school district to provide them with sessions on resume writing, interviewing skills and scholarship resources.
“We particularly try to help those who don’t qualify for the FAFSA,” Ramos said. “It’s not something we necessarily ask for, but they need our help the most.”
“We truly believe that education opens the doors of opportunity, and we wanted to provide local Latino students with the tools that they need in order to be able to pursue higher education or anything else they wish to do after graduation,” Ramos said.
This marks the sixth year HSA has hosted the leadership conference. Ramos said she is proud of the work they’ve done and hopes the program will continue long after her graduation.
“Being the first ever in my family to pursue higher education, I am very proud to be able to guide other students with some of the confusing paperwork and forms that go with applying for admission and financial aid, that perhaps their own parents cannot help them with,” Ramos said.