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Latinos In Action Boot Camp Leadership Conference – Utah State University

Latinos In Action Boot Camp Leadership Conference – Utah State University


Through workshops and networking Latino students learn leadership skills

Salt Lake City, UT—Two hundred seventy students from 26 secondary schools throughout Utah and southeast Idaho gathered at the Utah State University Campus in Logan, Utah for three days to participate in the 4th Annual Boot Camp Leadership Conference. In addition, 28 students representing nine universities served as counselors, mentors and workshop presenters.

“We are delighted with the number of students who participated and we are consistently impressed by the quality of these students,” said Dr. Jose Enriquez, LIA Founder and CEO. “These students are leaders in their schools and in their community, and our goal is to equip them with the tools, skills, and self-efficacy to succeed.”

Students participated in various workshops focusing on skills including the power of leadership, being peacebuilders, helping others with emotional distress and how to afford college. The Boot Camp also helps the students “break-the-ice” when it comes to dealing with new situations with cultural performances, mock interviews, and an etiquette dinner.

“We are so honored that more and more parents and students trust us with the safety and education of their children,” explained Enriquez. “Culturally, it is difficult for Latino parents and children to participate in a program like this. It’s hard to be away for multiple days and nights, but the results are worth it.”

Cesar, a Layton High School Student, noted, “Going to LIA Boot Camp, I was scared and nervous. I walked into my dorm and saw five other guys from different schools. I didn’t know what to expect. During those three days, we became close like a familia. We learned how to make our Latino voices heard.”

“FamiLIA,” said a student from Gooding, Idaho. “I can’t express how empowering this experience was for me and how much I learned about becoming a better leader.”

“None of this would have been possible without our sponsors and donors,” noted Enriquez. “We are extremely grateful to AT&T for stepping up and supporting our vision; to Goldman Sachs and Bighorn Law for leading our mock interviews; and to USU for hosting us on their campus.”

LIA will be compiling an evaluation of the conference to share with its stakeholders in the coming months and to continue refining their processes as they prepare for Boot Camp 2020.