Multicultural Youth Summit at Black Hawk College

A college education opens many new doors and nowadays many young people understand the importance of it. Often young people know they want to go to college after graduating High School, but many do not know what to do and how to go about anything related to college. That is why Black Hawk College is inviting students from 7th to 12th grade to the Multicultural Youth Summit on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.


The first ever Multicultural Youth Summit was created to inform students and their parents about high school and college preparation, financial aid and scholarships and the best choice for their career. The day will start with Carlos Jimenez, Drug Prevention Specialist from Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, addressing participants and sharing his personal experience of being a first generation student to go to college and in general his experience as a college student.

 After the speech different workshop sessions will take place. There will be a workshop on financial aid and scholarships and even a special session for parents that will inform parents of future college students about resources available and teach them to support their college or high school student. This special parent session will also be presented in Spanish.

Once participants finish with the workshops there will be a Student Panel. During this discussion current college students will share with the audience the personal experiences, barriers and challenges they had to face. After the discussion everyone can come together for closing remarks from Chris Britton from Youth Hope.

During the Multicultural Youth Summit there will be an opportunity to learn more about different careers that a student can choose to pursue. Also, between 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM participants can checkout the Resource and College Fair. During the Resources and College Fair there will be representatives from many different local colleges, Army recruitment, community organizations and agencies who will share information about services and resources available to families of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

“We are inviting students and families to come to this event,” Gabriella Hurtado, one of the organizers, said.

Multicultural Youth Summit is free of charge. Please register to attend at  For more information please call Gabriella Hurtado at (309) 796-5341 or e-mail her to

Multicultural Youth Summit is on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Black Hawk College located at 6600 34th Ave in Moline, IL.


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