2010.04.16 > For Immediate Release
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Lambda Theta Nu to Host Latina Youth Conference in Omaha
Omaha - Lambda Theta Nu, a Latina-based sorority in Omaha, has invited 120 Latina middle school students from four Omaha Public Schools to attend its 9th Annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) on Friday, April 16. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harper Building at Creighton University.
The mission is to encourage 11- to 14-year-old Latinas from Bryan, Beveridge, Norris and Marrs middle schools to pursue a higher education. The conference will offer workshops and activities, including gang-prevention, cultural Identity, self-esteem and a student panel.
LYLC is made possible through local sponsorship including, Nena’s Grocery Store, the American Multicultural Student Agency at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Wells Fargo, as well as other Latino community leaders and small businesses who volunteer their services.
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. was established on March 11, 1986 at California State University at Chico with the ideals of community service, academic excellence, sisterhood and professionalism. The conference became part of Lambda Theta Nu’s national philanthropy program after a study in 2001 by the American Association of University Women found that, “Hispanic girls have a higher high school dropout rate than girls in any other racial or ethnic group and are the least likely to earn a college degree.”
Lambda Theta Nu’s national community program is called “Tijeras.” It is a five point program with the motto of “cutting through to enhance educational opportunities for Latinos.” The program includes the Latina Youth Leadership Conference, a literacy program, and scholarships for high school senior girls enrolling in a university or trade school.
Each chapter of Lambda Theta Nu hosts a Latina Youth Leadership Conference in their local communities. The Omicron Chapter founded at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in November 18, 2000 held their first conference in 2001 by inviting 25 Latinas from Norris Middle School. This year the Omicron Chapter will work closely with the Psi Chapter founded at Creighton University in December 6, 2003 to host this year’s conference.
Workshop presenters include Jamalia Parker, training coordinator for Uta Halee and Cooper Village along with Creighton University’s Educational Opportunity Programs leader, Annette Crowder and Armando Martinez, an advocate for gang prevention.
The mission for the conference is to provide a safe and educational environment in which young Latina leaders can learn and grow. The conference will provide the time and opportunity necessary to promote young Latina leaders while engaging in discussion about issues affecting Latina women, as well as solutions that will empower the young women to succeed in the face of challenge.
For more information, call Leslie Espino at (308) 249-1638, or Rachael Lopez at (402) 714-8729.
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