COLUMBUS – For the first time ever, the Nebraska Hispanic/Latino Youth Summit was held in Columbus on Tuesday.
The event was attended by nearly 600 high school students from across the state, and gave attendees the opportunity to learn about both career and higher education opportunities after graduation. Schools such as Central Community College, UNK, UNL, UNO, and Northeast Community College were among those in attendance, as well as local businesses from the Columbus area.
The event featured two keynote speakers, who spoke to the students about how they can make a difference in their lives. The morning speaker was Gabe Salazar, a nationally known professional youth speaker, who was been recognized as America’s #1 Latino Youth Speaker. The afternoon speaker was Juan Cangas, who speaks with students across the nation.
Along with the keynotes, students also had the opportunity to attend one of several breakaway sessions, which were more intimate discussions held by the schools and businesses. Students were also given the opportunity to tour the Columbus Central Community College campus, as well as Behlen Manufacturing, to give them the experience of both a manufacturing and college campus environment.