Hundreds of Latino Youth Leaders Participate in Lideres Summit at 2012 NCLR Annual Conference

July 05 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           Contact:
July 5, 2012                                                     Camila Gallardo
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                                                                          NCLR Press Office in Las Vegas (as of July 6)
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U.S. Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre, mun2’s Yarel Ramos, DREAM activist Astrid Silva, and youth leaders to participate in youth town hall event

LAS VEGAS—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host hundreds of Latino youth leaders at the 2012 Líderes Summit as part of the 2012 NCLR Annual Conference held July 7–10 in Las Vegas. The Summit’s mission is to equip, empower, and enable young people to create positive change in their communities. The unique program of workshops, forums and discussions, cultural artistic presentations, and professional development sessions will challenge the youth to become solution-oriented thinkers and forward-thinking leaders.

The Summit runs July 6–9 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center. One of the central events of the Summit will focus on examining advocacy campaigns within the Latino community over the past 50 years.

The Honorable Raul Yzaguirre, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will deliver the key note address during the Lideres Town Hall. The Town Hall, titled “We Have Seen the Future, and the Future Is Ours,” will be live-streamed through the NCLR website ( The Conference-wide forum will review the many creative ways through which Hispanic American youth are keeping alive the social justice legacy of activist Cesar Chavez. Panelists will share their views and thoughts on the role of new technology and social media in the evolution of modern social justice campaigns. The panel’s moderator, mun2 host of “Reventón con Yarel,” Yarel Ramos, will tweet and post on Facebook leading up to and during the event.

The NCLR Líderes Initiative is a national youth leadership program designed to increase opportunities for Latino youth to elevate their influence as leaders in the United States. To learn about other NCLR leadership and education opportunities for young people, please visit

To cover this event, press can register for the 2012 NCLR Annual Conference, free of charge, at the press registration website. Follow events on Twitter at #Lideres12 and #NCLR12.


WHAT:                  Líderes Town Hall—“We Have Seen the Future, and the Future Is Ours”

WHO:                    Yarel Ramos, Host of mun2’s “Reventón con Yarel”
                               Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR
                               Astrid Silva, Founding member, DREAM Big Vegas; President, Clark County Young Democrats
                               Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conexión Américas
                               Cindy Zavala, Co-Director of the Latino and American Student Organization at American University, 2012 NCLR Líderes Summit Staff, Miss Sister City 2008

WHEN:                 Saturday, July 7, 10:45 a.m.

WHERE:               Mandalay Bay Convention Center South
                              Room Palm H
                              3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
                               Las Vegas, NV 89119

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


Issues: Líderes Summit, Latino Youth Speak
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas