La Conferencia del Liderazgo para Jóvenes Latinxs es un evento anual que celebra la cultura latina y ayuda a los adolescentes a aprender a compartir la paz por medio del liderazgo.

DSC_0200 (2)La meta principal de este evento es promover el desarrollo saludable, liderazgo y una identidad cultural positiva entre los jóvenes y a la vez permitir que los jóvenes vean su papel en promover la paz y aprender acciones individuales para compartir con sus familias, escuelas y comunidades.  Participantes tendrán la oportunidad de conocer a estudiantes de otras escuelas mientras que aprenden y se divierten por medio de talleres culturales, presentaciones y actividades relacionados a sus vidas.  Lo que hace esta conferencia única es que está planeada para y por los jóvenes latinxs; un equipo de estudiantes de la escuela secundaria que se reúne cada semana durante 10 meses para planear y organizar todos los aspectos de la conferencia.

Comuníquese con Adrian Diaz, al adriand@oportunidad.org o 612-872-6165 ext. 120, para más información sobre el evento.

2021 Conference

On May 21, 2021, 78 youth gathered for La Oportunidad’s 20th annual Latinx Youth Leadership Conference. As a result of the COVID-19 virus the conference was hosted online through Zoom.

The Youth Planning Committee selects an annual theme based on relevant social issues or topics that impacts the Latino community. For that reason, the Committee selected Community Healing and Resiliency as the theme for 2021. The purpose of the theme was to acknowledge how the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the social unrest after the police killing of George Floyd, affected our global and local society. The Committee believed it was important for youth to understand how the previous 14 months changed their lives and how community members supported each other.

This year the event was changed to adjust to the virtual format. Vibrant and colorful presentations with music were developed to create excitement throughout the event.

The event’s highlights included a powerful message from the two youth MC’s: Layaned Sanisaca and Enrique Perez; as well as eight workshops facilitated by local community members. Additionally, various Latinx culture-focused trivia questions were asked to engage the students during the welcome and finale of the event.

The eight workshops covered different aspects of healing and resiliency, such as: understanding how trauma and experiences shape your future, how our community supports each other, the importance of self-care and processing your emotions, and finding motivation during the hardest times. A complete list and description of each workshop is found in the Conference Program.

The success of this event was a result of a labor of love from the Youth Planning Committee. The feedback from the conference participants’ exceed expectations. The planning committee, made up of high school Latinx youth leaders and mentors, met virtually to plan all aspects of the conference, and to find ways to transition to a virtual format. Additional to the mentors, huge support came from our sponsors: Minneapolis Foundation’s Fund for Safe Communities and Youthprise.

98% of youth expressed an increase in cultural pride, 85% expressed an increased sense of and capacity for leadership, and 92expressed an increase in skills, knowledge and/or positive attitudes in at least one of the following areas: self, relationships, education, and/or community. 

PHOTOS of the most recent in-person conference (2019) are posted on our Facebook page, to view them click here.

Temas pasados de la conferencia incluyen:

  • 2020: (La conferencia fue cancelada debido a la pandemia)
  • 2019: Justicia y Sostenibilidad Ambiental
  • 2018: Cuídame, Cuídate
  • 2017: El Pueblo Unido – Tema: La acción social/El activismo
  • 2016: De Donde Vengo y Adonde Voy
  • 2015: Expresa Tu Identidad
  • 2014: Cultivando Mi BienestarDSC_0082
  • 2013: Tradiciones en el Corazón, Unidos Salimos Adelante
  • 2012: Cultivando Relaciones Saludables Juntos
  • 2011: Bailando con el Corazón
  • 2010: Escenas para Abrir la Mente: Artes Visuales
  • 2008: ¿Quién Soy Yo? Econtrándote a Ti Mismo para Promover la Paz
  • 2007: Nuestra Historia y Tradiciones: La Llave del Futuro
  • 2006: Hip Hop: Una Herramienta para la Paz y el Cambio Social
  • 2005: Vivir una Vida Sana
  • 2004: Un Diálogo Intergeneracional Acerca de la Inmigración