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Multicultural youth conference to offer students guidance for college

Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
217-333-2894; cdchambe@uiuc.edu

10/12/2006

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Middle and high school students who are thinking about college – especially low-income or minority students, or those who would be first-generation college students – are invited to attend the third annual Multicultural Youth Conference on Oct. 25, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Parents and families also are welcome at the event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Illinois Terminal building, 45 E. University Ave., Champaign.

The aim of the conference is to provide local students, from grades seven through 12, with information and encouragement in preparing for higher education, says Julia Johnson Connor, assistant director of the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and one of the event’s organizers.

“We want to play a significant role in increasing access to higher education, enhancing student knowledge about resources and support services, and ultimately empowering and strengthening youth, families and communities,” Connor said.

Students and families attending the conference will be able to ask questions about the college admissions process, financial aid, how to select a college major or career, and support services for students from underrepresented groups, Connor said. They also will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Parkland College and the U. of I.

To register or to volunteer to help with the conference, or for additional information, contact Connor at 217-244-0188 or cdms@uiuc.edu. Pre-registration is encouraged, although participants can register at the event.