Conference focus on Black, Latino education
- October 13, 2008
The growing numbers of African American and Latino males who drop out of high school and do not attend college is the focus of a one-day conference Saturday, Oct. 18 in the New University Union on the Hayward Campus of California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established with a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is sponsoring the conference - The GMS Male Initiative Bridge Builders Forum - as part of a nationwide initiative. This is the program's first conference of the 2008-2009 academic year.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with workshops and various break out sessions taking place between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed online at www.csueastbay.edu/bridgebuilders.
"We'll have empowering workshops for students, their families, and the community, including scholarship information from the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, and informative materials about college admissions and financial aid available," said Diana Balgas, executive director of retention services for Cal State East Bay.
"Male students in ninth through 12th grades - along with their families - are encouraged to participate in the forum. Educational directors and counselors from schools, churches, and community organizations also are invited."
The conference will provide attendees with a free continental breakfast and lunch. A drawing will be held to give away Apple computer products and other items.
The Male Initiative Bridge Builders Forum is sponsored through a partnership between the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the United Negro Scholarship Fund, and Cal State East Bay's Men of Success student organization.
Additional information is available through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund at (415) 808-2352.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Bridge Builders Male Forum is an educational and interactive event designed to provide young African American and Latino males with the tools and motivation to succeed in high school and advance to college.