Updated: Mar 14
The annual conference is hosted by California State University, San Marcos' Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
San Marcos, CA - What a challenging year! Hollywood could not have written a script depicting what we all experienced in 2020. A worldwide pandemic, black and brown people across our nation falling victim to law enforcement officers who are sworn to “Protect And Serve” not inflict pain and fear in the people they should protect. Children being separated from their parents, their parents imprisoned or deported, and a president of the United States who refused to denounce racism. These are just a few reasons why a college education is more important now than ever. There are no guarantees that a college degree will make you rich or famous. However, what a college degree does guarantee are positive options in your future.
The purpose of Brothers/Sisters Gonna Work It Out is to provide African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Native American youth positive strategies to combat and overcome the debilitating environment and conditions faced daily at school and on their neighborhood streets. Workshops stress the central role education plays in this process to change current conditions. This program provides information to assist young men and women to perceive how the educational process affects them, their families, and their communities.
The last two years Coach Patty Medina, the founder of Hooper Mentality Foundation, has been a panelist and workshop leader for the student conference. This year, she returns as, not only a panelist, but as the keynote speaker for the conference. The conference is in it's 26th annual occurrence and seeks to continue to grow.
BROTHERS/SISTERS GONNA WORK IT OUT PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The purpose of Brothers/Sisters Gonna Work It Out is to provide African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Native American youth positive strategies to combat and overcome the debilitating environment and conditions they face daily at school and on the streets. Workshops stress the central role education plays in this process to change current conditions. This program will provide information to assist our young men and women to perceive how the educational process affects them, their families, and their communities.
A. To create a dialogue between presenters and participants centered on relevant cultural, social, political, economic, and educational issues facing African American, Latino, Pacific Islander and Native American males and females. Workshop content and titles are selected to appeal to age and/or grade level or ethnic heritage(s) of participants.
B. To clearly articulate and collectively discuss solutions to the problems raised. To provide a methodology for further dialogue among workshop participants and presenters. To provide participants with resources and information to further this development of critical thinking and analytic skills.
C. To create a context for the student to become more receptive to the notion of pursuing post-secondary education. To underscore the necessity of positively contributing to their communities, and encourage the use of leadership skills to effectively address the concerns of their communities.
Format: The format for “Brothers/Sisters Gonna Work It Out” is a simple one. The program contains the following components:
1. Keynote Address - Speaker performs an entertaining and motivational presentation that set the context for the workshops.
2. Workshops - Topics vary and are designed to address both cross-cultural and ethnically specific issues.
3. Panel of Professional Men and Women - Professional men and women discuss their journey to becoming the successful adults they are today regardless of the roadblocks or setbacks they encountered on the road to professional success in their younger years.
4. Student Panel - African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Native American male/female students share their perspectives on college and how they are “working it out.”
5. Participant Panel - Discussion and open forum among participants about what was learned and action steps to be taken to put the ideas into practice.
DATE: Monday March 15, 2021
TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 PM (PST)
LOCATION: On-line Conference
If you are interested in having your high school student/child join the conference, click the link below.
REGISTRATION LINK: https://csusm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlceirqz8qH9K_KDvqRlUE80fpQR8SXCXu