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Youth Empowerment Summit Attracts 450 Young People

posted May 12, 2011, 4:42 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 12, 2011, 5:04 PM ]

Career Mentoring & Scholarship Program Hosted by the United Way's Young Leaders Society at the State of the Art Oxnard College Performing Arts Center

37 youth from One Step A La Vez attended the Youth Empowerment Summit

On Friday, May 6, the fourth annual Youth Empowerment Summit was held at the new Oxnard College Performing Arts Center. This free community event developed by the United Way's Young Leaders Society is part of a strategy to empower youth by providing them with the skills and resources they need to succeed in school, work and life.  

With a force of 455 young people consisting of 355 high school and community college students and 100 young professionals, the Youth Empowerment Summit is working across generations  to ensure that one helps the other achieve their full potential. 


Increasing in popularity every year, this career mentoring event inspires college-bound students with the knowledge and lessons necessary to excel in life and pursue their dreams. The first female police chief for the City of Port Hueneme, Kathleen Sheehan, served as the keynote speaker. She shared her own personal success story providing a concrete example of how hard work and determination can lead to extraordinary achievements.


"Each year has seen remarkable growth in student participation and we are proud and honored to have Chris Thomas speak to the students again," said Christopher Kunke, the Young Leaders Society's Summit Committee Chair.  "We have a fantastic range of career mentors willing to share their knowledge to inform, educate and inspire the next generation of promising, young minds."


The Youth Empowerment Summit offered a series of workshop panels exploring a variety of career fields including medicine, the media, the financial industry and politics.  There was also sessions dedicated to increasing financial literacy, power networking, and uncovering the hidden keys of success.  Students who participate at the summit and meet certain eligibility criteria are eligible to be awarded scholarships to help further their educational goals.