LAUP Youth Leadership Conference

The conference is designed to help Latino students identify the gifts they possess and gain inspiration from Latino leaders. For our 11th Annual Conference on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the foucus is on cultural identity and leadership featuring voices of Latino professionals.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

8:00am – 2:00pm

Hope College


Ways to Get Involved in our Youth Leadership Conference!

Business, College and Community Organization Booths

Representatives from businesses, colleges and community organizations are invited to set up a booth during the conference registration timeframe from 7:45am – 8:30am. As students arrive they will be encouraged to talk to you while they wait for the conference to start. If you are interested in participating, please email youthconference@laup.org.


We recognize the power in our student attendees hearing stories of inspiration and words of encouragement from professionals who mirror their identities. We are seeking Latino professionals who are willing to serve on a panel to share their personal story and words of advice in breakout sessions for students in grades 9 – 12.   These breakout sessions will occur late AM and early PM. We invite you to participate in either the AM or PM breakout session or both. Additional information will be provided on how to prepare to share your story and questions that will help frame words of advice as the conference date approaches.If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please use this  LINK to sign-up.


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. Sign up to volunteer HERE


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!

Browse 2018 Workshop Descriptions

Planning for my Future

How To Go To College (11/12th grade focus)
Understanding the college application process is difficult. Come learn from college advisors about the various facets of applying, getting into, and transitioning to college.

Should I Go To College? (9/10th grade focus)
Why should you go to college, and what are the benefits? If you want to know the answers to these questions, this session is for you. You will also learn what steps you can take now to help you prepare for college.

What Should I Do With My life?
This is a normal question to be thinking about during high school. We will explore questions like: How do I find a career I am interested in? How do I discover my interests? How do I build the skills needed for my future career?

#Adulting (Life Outside of High School)
High School graduation will come quicker than you realize. Come learn how to navigate life after high school and hear about the skills necessary to have a successful life as an adult.

Social Justice/Advocacy

Becoming a Force of Change in Your Community
Civic engagement is a crucial facet of a thriving and prosperous community. Because no community is perfect, we want to equip you with the knowledge and tools to be a change agent to help your community. Come learn how to be an advocate.

Immigrants: “Blessing Not Burden”
Immigrants produce jobs and strengthen the economy. 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. This workshop will explore the need to re-examine immigration policy and how it impacts our society. We will be discussing how our current immigration system functions through a guided simulation, and we will use those experiences to discuss how we can work toward a more just system.

What is Diversity and Why is it Important?
Hanging out with people similar to you, is that good or bad? What does it mean to value diversity? How do you embrace your culture but collaborate and work together? We will break down these questions and explore the value of diversity.

Personal Development

Relationships: Communications and Emotions
Adolescence is often a time of many changes, in which individuals search to identify and explore their own characteristics, values, and needs. Relationships such as peer relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, and parental or familial relationships can be challenging. Please join us as we explore how to establish a strong base for healthy communication and coping skills in order to work towards creating positive relationships in your future.

How to Be the Best Me?
In a society filled with fear and anxiety, we need to focus on being more positive about ourselves and others around us. We also need to recognize mistakes and how to move past them. Come learn how to be the best you possible.

Started from the Bottom Now We’re HERE!
Humble beginnings, academic struggles, and people don’t expect much from you? It isn’t where you start off in life, it’s where you end up.  Join us for a bit of fun, honest conversation, and walk away with a renewed sense of pride and purpose.

Leadership Development

How Do I Become a Great Leader?
Have you ever been told that you are a leader? Often we tell teens that they are leaders, but we do not tell them what that means or how to lead. Com learn the basics of leadership that will help you have the same confidence in yourself that others see in you.

What Does Leadership and Teamwork Look Like?
Do you like to learn by doing? This interactive session will provide opportunities to see what leadership and teamwork look like as you work to accomplish task together as a group.

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.

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!