Dare to Dream is a non-profit organization that works with middle school and high school Latinas to encourage and support their efforts to graduate from high school, to encourage college enrollment, and to introduce them to college and career role models.
Glen Ellyn, IL (Dec 08, 2014). The seventh annual “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” Conference, geared toward preparing young Latinas to further their education, will be at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn on January 24, 2015. Girls and their mothers will hear Latina role models in successful careers talk about how they dealt with obstacles to achieve their dream of a better life. Dare to Dream: Get Educated! was created because statistics indicate that in DuPage County, Hispanic girls drop out of high school at a rate that is more than four times higher than their non-Hispanic white peers.
This year’s opening keynote speaker is Clarisol Duque, who is Chicago Chief of Staff at the Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Following is a series of workshops and panels on careers, college life and navigating the U.S. educational system. The afternoon keynote speaker will be Dr. Lourdes Ferrer. Dr. Ferrer is well-known for her energetic and inspirational message, her vision for helping Latinas craft plans for their own futures, and for her promotion of educational advancements within the Latino community.
Cynthia Brito, the president of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! will deliver the closing message. Brito is a second generation Mexican-American soñadora. Despite facing adversities throughout her life, Brito managed to obtain her Masters degree in Latin American and Latino …….