Director declares that the “magic” of Colorado LDZ is in full force
The 28th annual Colorado Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session concluded this past Sunday at Colorado State University with praise from Educational Director Alex Del Barrio, who led the week-long gathering of nearly 150 students from six states (Colorado, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming) and Mexico.
“The magic of the Colorado LDZ was in full force yet again this week,” Del Barrio said. “The delegates persevered through a intellectually grueling week and came together by looking to themselves for their vision. This program was another showcase of the talent that is destined to be the next generation of leaders for the Latino community.”
The Closing Ceremony event, with a special appearance by NHI Executive Vice President Nicole Sada (and with representatives from NHI sponsor DISHLatino in attendance), showcased the six bills passed during the particularly active session. Those included:
- Brianna Alers, from Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colo., whose bill initiated a tutoring program for English language learners
- Christopher Cerino, from Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas, whose bill encouraging Latino entrepreneurship by globalizing businesses over a 20-year period
- Jared Cisneros, from The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, whose bill prepared Latinos for future business success through an internship program
- GraceAnn Garcia, from Midway High School in Waco, Texas, whose bill proposed a Latino Fiesta Pride Parade to raise awareness of Latino contributions
- Victoria Larkin, from Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas, whose bill created an online program to unify members of many different Latino cultures
- Noor Mohamed, from Uplift Summit International Preparatory School in Arlington, Texas, who was elected Governor for the session, whose bill established a community mentorship program involving local businesses.
Del Barrio also had praise for Colorado State, who continued in its role as host university for the Colorado LDZ.
“Colorado State and the Access Center continues to be an incredible partner for the National Hispanic Institute,” he noted. “The National Hispanic Institute is grateful to Connie Jaime-Lujan, Salome Cardona and all who assisted for their hard work all year to make the LDZ an incredible experience for our students.”
This program is made possible in part by sponsorship from DishLATINO and Union Pacific.