On October 27, YES Prep hosted its second LatinX Leadership Summit for 130 YES Prep high school students and over 30 staff members from across the district. Together, students and staff developed plans to promote advocacy, visibility, and cultural awareness on campus. Below, you will see summaries of these plans, as well as student quotes and event photos (courtesy of YES Prep’s Erick Perez).
- Brays Oaks: Somos Unid@s plans to reach out to United We Dream to help connect undocumented students with DACA resources.
- East End: SOLx commits to “spreading cultural awareness by inspiring and connecting our community to our Latin American culture.”
- Eisenhower: Poder Latino aims to “practice pride, collaborate, and advocate to embrace our culture.”
- Fifth Ward: Los Lideres Latinos exists to “unify and celebrate Latinx cultures and to advocate for awareness of self-identity.”
- Gulfton: LHC exists to “build a sense of community” while recognizing individual identities.
- Northside: Orgullo de Northside plans to host a festival and “increase cultural awareness and academic support for our community.”
- North Central: BBA exists to “empower LatinX students to take initiative, speak up for themselves, and become leaders in their community.”
- North Forest: El Orden Legendario exists to “create an environment where students unite to celebrate identity and appreciate culture.”
- West: The LatinX Society wants to tackle the “lack of awareness of the college application and financial aid process for undocumented students.”
- White Oak: LXPWO aims to build community, to increase an understanding of what being Latino means, and to embrace the identity.
- Southeast: LatinX Ambassadors wants to increase parent education and involvement by providing information on how to support students and address language barriers at a parent summit.
- Southwest: LatinXMavericks plan to promote immigration reform and “empower students to embrace our culture and be active in our community.”
Photos courtesy of YES Prep’s Erick Perez.