For Immediate Release

October 2, 2015

Contact: Marianna Morón,, 202-835-9646 ext. 114


LNESC Kicks Off 18th Annual Youth Leadership Conference


Moving Latinos Forward: College Admission to Graduation & the Workforce


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC), the nation’s premier nonprofit educational organization and the educational arm of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) kicked off its 18th Annual Washington Youth Leadership Seminar (WYLS). The week-long event is a life-changing opportunity for Latino high school students to meet first-hand with the country’s most influential decision makers. This year’s WYLS is sponsored by Nissan North America along with co-sponsors Walmart Foundation, Verizon Foundation, JP Morgan, and NBC Universal. The seminar encourages youth to initiate in grassroots efforts that will influence and strengthen their communities. In addition, the program prepares students on the most effective ways to successfully manage the college admissions process and how to develop a career plan by understanding their true strengths, skills, interests and personal values --- the lifelong foundation to a positive career identity.

"Nissan supports the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar because it highlights the numerous opportunities for Latinos in the STEM field. One thing we can do for this next generation of leaders is to show them that they have the skill sets and core values to be leaders, and to succeed wherever life takes them," states Jeffrey Webster, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Nissan.

During the WYLS, participants will meet with U.S. Congressional Representatives, Latino professionals from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), various Hispanic ERG Federal agencies, Fortune 500 corporate executives, national non-profit leaders, and George Washington University. These experts will address the students and discuss the importance of moving Latinos forward and provide them with the tools to enter the competitive workforce. The students will attend various workshops designed to inspire participants to explore different career options in science, engineering, medicine, business, government, and communications. “In our nation’s capital students have the opportunity to learn the legislative process and advocate on issues pressing the Latino community, such as higher education. Through the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar, we hope to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to become agents of change and implement what they have learned here in their communities.” Richard Roybal, Executive Director of LNESC.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Advocacy 101: Social & Economic Influences in the Latino Community by JP Morgan

  • Your Future in STEM by Nissan North America

  • The Educational Sphere: Examining the Higher Education Act

  • Latinos in the New Economy: Degree Opportunities & Career Exploration by NBC Universal

  • Preparing the Future Workforce: Writing & Resume Development by George Washington University

  • The Latino Impact: Volunteer & Internship Opportunities by Microsoft

The week-long leadership seminar will close with the LNESC Youth Leadership Banquet to be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom in Washington, D.C, where WYLS participants will be recognized.



About LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC)
LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) was established in 1973 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to provide educational programming to high-need students throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Throughout 14 education and technology centers, LNESC has served over 500,000 students, sent 150,000 students on to college, and awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships. LNESC’s results are made possible by a network of dedicated field staff, top-notch teachers, over 90 school partners, and the support of LULAC - the nation’s largest membership based Latino organization. LNESC works to change lives and build Latino communities, one student at a time.


About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and


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