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Sueña y Realiza/Dream and Realize – High School Student Retreat May 1, 2009

The 21st Annual Latino Student Retreat will be held at Mendocino College on Friday, May 1, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.   Approximately 375 high school students from Anderson Valley, Clear Lake, Ft. Bragg, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Middletown, Pt. Arena, Potter Valley, South Valley, Ukiah, Upper Lake, and Willits will be participating in this free event sponsored by the college and the Mendocino College Foundation.  

 The purpose of the Latino Student Retreat is to promote social and cultural awareness for all high school students from Mendocino and Lake Counties, and it includes motivational speeches and workshops, entertainment and lunch.  The event has tripled in size since its inception 21 years ago and continues to draw well-known and excellent Latino role models as presenters from political, legal, business, and artistic fields.  

This year the welcome presentation will be given by Efrén Carrillo, who is the 5th District Supervisor for Sonoma County.  Efrén has previously worked as a project coordinator for the Sonoma County Economic Development Board; in the office of California State Assemblyman, Joe Nation; and in the banking industry as Education/Government Relations Manager for Redwood Credit Union.

Later in the program, there will be a workshop led by Pete Nuñez, Civic Engagement Project Coordinator at Nuestra Casa in Ukiah.  Nuestra Casa was recently awarded a grant by the S.H. Cowell Foundation for “civic engagement” work.  The main goal of the project is to ensure that the Latino community is engaged in the civic life of their community.

The second workshop will be led by Sandra Arellano from The Arbor on Main (in Ukiah), which is a division of Redwood Children’s Services.  The Arbor serves as a center and safe place where young people, ages 15-24, can access free services and support to help prepare them to meet the challenges of adolescence and independence.   

For further information about the Latino Student Retreat, please call Minerva Flores,
(707) 467-1008, High School Equivalency Program (HEP) Director or email,

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Created: April 22, 2009 @ 10:21 AM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM


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