The University of La Verne held its first Latino Education Access and Development (LEAD) Conference in September of 2012 to great success. The all-day event, designed to help Latino students from middle school through college age achieve their goals, brings together various Latino organizations. Hundreds of students learn about leadership and scholarship opportunities and about mentorship. "Our goal is to connect and build stronger relations with organization designed to support Latino students," said University Spokeswoman Alisha Rosas.
Latino Literacy Now feels strongly that LEAD's goals closely match their own. "It's a great new association for us" says Latino Literacy Now's Executive Director Jim Sullivan. "We were approached during the recent Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival about a joint endeavor. It makes a lot of sense to hold a Latino Author Summit alongside the established LEAD conference this year."
Plans are also underway to also hold a small "Feria" adjacent to the LEAD/Author Summit activities. There will be a stage, food trucks and a limited amount of space for a controlled number of appropriate exhibitors.
The complete Summit schedule will be availoable on this page soon. There are also very limited opportunities for sponsorship of this special day. Call Jim at 858-603-8680 for more information. Or email him directly at jim@LBFF.us