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March 31, 2010 > Applications open for Hispanic Youth Symposium

Applications open for Hispanic Youth Symposium

Submitted By Anne Guarnera

The Hispanic College Fund, National Hispanic University and Santa Clara University announced on March 23 that student applications for the 2010 Silicon Valley Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) are available at www.HispanicYouth.org. High school students at Andrew Hill, James Lick, Yerba Buena, W.C. Overfelt High Schools, or other schools in the San Jose area, scheduled to graduate in 2012 or 2013, are encouraged to apply. The program focuses on empowering youth for success in college, career and community service.

The Silicon Valley HYS will last from July 28 to July 31 on Santa Clara University and National Hispanic University campuses. The program requires only a $10 commitment from students; all other expenses, including lodging, transportation and food, are covered. Approximately 100 students will be selected to attend.

"We're thrilled to have the HYS in Silicon Valley this year," said Joe Petrone, CEO of the Hispanic College Fund. "Thanks to the generous investment of our donors and the support of our community partners, we'll be able to serve Hispanic students in this area who truly need the motivation and guidance the Symposium provides."

During the HYS, students will connect with Hispanic mentors, attend workshops on college admissions and financial aid, compete for $10,500 in available scholarship funds and meet college admissions officers from local schools.

Founded in 2004, HYS serves eight cities and 1,200 students annually across the United States. More than 2,600 students have participated in the program to date.

"We're delighted to host HYS at Santa Clara University," said SCU President Fr. Michael Engh. "As a Jesuit Catholic university, we've a firm and unwavering commitment to making college accessible and affordable to students who may be the first in the family to attend college."

Delegates to the symposium will be enrolled in the Hispanic Youth Institute's year-round programming which increases their college knowledge and helps them maintain progress towards academic and professional success.

Sponsors of the 2010 Silicon Valley Hispanic Youth Institute include Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Lockheed Martin, the Castellano Family Foundation, the University of Phoenix Foundation, the San Jose Police Benevolent Association, the Office of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and East Side Union High School District.

Community partners include National Hispanic University, Santa Clara University, East Side Union High School District, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Cisco and Google.

For more information about the Silicon Valley Hispanic Youth Symposium, visit www.hispanicyouth.org/symposium-silicon-valley.

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