LAUP Youth Leadership Conference

The conference is designed to help Hispanic students identify the gifts they possess and gain inspiration from Hispanic leaders. Students can choose from 13 educational workshops and explore college and career paths that suit their interests.


Celebrate the 10th anniversary of our
Youth Leadership Conference with us on

February 13, 2018
Hope College


We are excited to welcome Shaka Senghor as our 2018 Keynote Speaker. Scroll down to learn more! The full schedule of speakers and workshops will be announced soon, so please check back!

2018 Keynote Speaker: Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the President and Co-Founder of #BeyondPrisons, an initiative designed to uplift the voices and experiences of those impacted by the criminal justice system. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Senghor’s story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.

Shaka Senghor is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Ford Man of Courage Award, the 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award, the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award, and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BME) Leadership Award. He was recently recognized by OWN as a “Soul Igniter” in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100, a dynamic group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world around them and encouraging others to do the same. Senghor was also a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project, is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a current Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world.

Ways to Get Involved for 2018!


HelloCareer is an interactive education and career exploration experience that introduces 700+ area youth to local organizations and the many sectors and career opportunities they represent and college advisors who can help answer questions about the academic pathway associated with each. The featured pathways include: 1) Health Services & Sciences; 2) Engineering/Technology/Manufacturing; 3) Human Services; 4) Business/Management/Marketing; 5) Arts/Natural Science/Communication. What to learn more?


Presentation topics were identified by the Adelante youth and include pre-defined presentations that focus on 4 themes: Planning for My Future, Social Justice/Advocacy, Personal Development and Leadership Development. If you are interested in being a presenter, please reach out to Dave Rozman to discuss which topics are still in need of presenters.


Several volunteers are needed to make the LAUP Youth Leadership Conference a success! Volunteers are used to help with student registration, guiding student travel around campus, and interacting with students during simulations.


850+ students attend LAUP’s Youth Leadership Conference for FREE thanks to the generosity of sponsors. We could not do it without your help. Please consider a financial sponsorship!

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!







Thomas G &
Jane Bos

Scott & Melissa Bowron