The seventh and final session of the 2014 Youth Leadership Program consisted of taking Kern County sophomores and juniors to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The young women toured the campus, spoke to college students, and ate lunch in the commons. The students then went to the beach for dinner and team building.
The goal of this session is to address real world college experiences, academics, opportunities and challenges.
During the fifth session, sophomores and juniors visited the Cesar Chavez Monument in Keene, CA. Paul Chavez spoke to the group about La Causa, History, and believing in oneself.
The goal of the session is for the young women to learn more about their culture, their community, and civic engagement.
Thank you to the Manager of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Lourdes Vargas Nilon. She took the High School Seniors of the Latina Leaders Youth Program on a tour of the hospital!
Dolores Huerta, Audrey Chavez, Bakersfield Burrito Project, and Andrae Gonzales spoke to the Latina Leaders of Kern County Youth Leadership Program High School Seniors. They discussed the importance and impact of community service. Some of the young ladies stated they were both inspired and honored to meet the community leaders. With a few sessions left in the program, the ladies will be living what they learned and serving others.
Recently, the Latina Leadership Youth Program celebrated another graduation. The program runs annually through donations and volunteers. The program reached over 85 high school students and had over 20 Latina Leaders assisting them. Experts were brought in to speak to the youth regarding leadership and their futures. Field trips to the Cesar Chavez Monument, UCLA, and USC were both empowering and inspiring.