OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University student Elena Jimenez can still recall the Multicultural Youth Conference she attended back in 2007.
Jimenez, who grew up in Clinton, Utah, was attending Northridge High School in Layton, Utah, when she heard about the MYC from a friend.
“I knew I wanted to attend college, but I had no idea how to get there,” Jimenez said. “At the conference I learned about FAFSA (financial aid application form) and so many other resources I didn’t know about.”
Today, Jimenez is a sophomore pursuing a degree in psychology from WSU. She also works with the Multicultural Services Center on campus, which years ago helped her fill out the application materials to apply to college.
A new group of students like Jimenez will be attending the 16th Annual Weber State University Multicultural Youth Conference (MYC), “Download Your Future,” Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms.
The conference is designed for ethnic minority high school juniors and seniors interested in learning about WSU’s support services and accessing higher education. The conference will include workshop sessions on admissions, financial aid, leadership and scholarships.
Also featured at this year’s conference will be a keynote address by Dan Young, better known as “Dan the Laptop Man,” president of PC Laptops. Young will share his personal experiences growing up as a minority in Utah and his success as an entrepreneur. He also will lead a workshop on entrepreneurship. The keynote will be held at 8:45 a.m.
The conference will include a mini college fair during lunch, where students can learn more about specific areas of study and interact with WSU students and faculty.
“All these presentations will provide a full spectrum of information for the students, so they can better understand how to prepare for and access college while still in high school,” said Adrian Tinajero, MYC organizer and coordinator of WSU’s Student to Student program. “Learning about the support services, scholarships and engaging with other multicultural students from throughout the state can motivate prospective students. They get excited about pursuing their education.”
Tinajero said event organizers plan to follow up with students who attend and make them aware of other resources and opportunities throughout the coming year.
Those attending the MYC will be eligible for multicultural, academic, leadership, activity and needs-based scholarships, including tuition waivers.
The conference registration fee is $10 per person and includes a T-shirt, lunch and conference materials. To sign up, visit weber.edu/myc and follow the instructions on the page. Students wishing to be admitted to WSU during the conference simply need to indicate it on the online registration to the conference.
Students will not have to pay the admission fee of $30 until the time of actual enrollment. Seniors will need to bring their official (sealed) transcripts to the conference.
Parking for the event will be available at the Dee Events Center lot with shuttle service to the Shepherd Union Building.
For more information call the Department of Education Access and Outreach at 801-626-7006 or visit weber.edu/myc. Young’s presentation at the conference is sponsored by the Utah Office of Ethnic Affairs.
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