Six-hundred Hispanic-Latino students from across Nebraska have gathered in central Nebraska for a special summit.
The Nebraska Department of Education sponsors the 2015 Hispanic-Latino Summit in Kearney along with the Latino American Commission.
Nebraska Commissioner of Education Tom Blomstedt says the conference seeks to give encouragement.
“The focus of the conference really is around the future of our students in the state who are Latino or Hispanic as they identify with what their futures happen to be and we try to support schools across the state,” Blomstedt tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KXPN.
Executive Director Lazaro Arturo Spindola with the Latino American Commission says the summit is designed to help give Latino students a sense of purpose and direction for the future.
“In my opinion, the biggest achievement of this summit is that these students realize that there is hope. Many of them do not realize the support system or the opportunities that is there for their future,” Spindola says, adding the summit exposes the students to successful Hispanic and Latino professionals. “They have walked in their shoes and they have finally succeeded. They have reached the American dream.”
A spokesman of the education department says the summit attracted a capacity crowd this year. In fact, some students had to be turned away due to space constraints.
Brent Weithorn, KXPN, contributed to this story.