WYOMING LATINA YOUTH CONFERENCE
A leadership, science and creativity conference centered around “The Power of Choice” for Wyoming Latinas ages 5-12th grade
Scenes from the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference at the University of Wyoming.
Listen to Wyoming Latina Youth Conference’s story.
A two-day creativity, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics), and leadership conference, the mission of the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference is to raise the aspiring wealth of Wyoming Latinas ages 5-12th grade through mentoring, education and awareness. Attendees hear from a successful, nationally renowned keynote speaker and participate in various workshops held at the University of Wyoming. The conference encourages attendees to own their ambition and to gain the confidence to better themselves and their lives.
The Wyoming Latina Youth Conference (WLYC) was born almost 20 years ago after statistics revealed Latina girls to be most at risk for teen pregnancy, high school dropout and suicide. Cheyenne community leader and founder, Ann Esquibal Redman, was determined to change those numbers.
“I believe that we can defy the odds and go against the statistics. We are exposing young Latinas to all aspects of achieving aspiring wealth. It’s about confidence, self-esteem and fostering an attitude of ‘I CAN DO IT!’ It’s giving these girls the skills and ability to think beyond their urgent needs of everyday living.” -Dr. Cecelia Aragon, Executive Director of the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference.
In addition to building confidence and leadership skills, WLYC also places a major emphasis on wellness. From developing healthy relationships to managing one’s nutrition and mental well-being, WLYC takes a complete approach to successful life-building. Additionally, the conference is a fun and energizing event, where Latina girls from every corner of the state get to connect with each other and forge new friendships.
In this multi-subject interview, I met with several attendees, alumnae and their founder to learn about their collective hopes, dreams and philosophy towards the conference’s theme, “The Power of Choice.”