The HISPA Role Model Bureau held its 2009 Youth Conference for 8th graders on Friday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at the Frist Campus Center on the Princeton University campus. The “Take Action! Achieve Your Dreams” conference was co-sponsored by the Office of Human Resources at Princeton, and AT&T and its Hispanic Employee Resource Group, HACEMOS. The one-day event was attended by schools that participated in the HISPA Role Model Program during the 2008/2009 school year: McGinnis School (Perth Amboy), Paterson School #5 (Paterson), Red Bank Middle School (Red Bank), New Brunswick Middle School (New Brunswick).
The HISPA Youth Conference is designed to tackle the issue of high school drop-out rates by emphasizing the importance of a secondary education, and exposing the students to role models who have overcome barriers and become successful in a variety of careers.
The conference’s theme, “Take Action! Achieve Your Dreams”, reinforces HISPA’s goal of encouraging students to pursue higher education by having role models share their stories of achievement. Additionally, the students will learn about career possibilities in a variety of fields, including academia, public policy, business, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.