10th annual Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit

More than 650 students from Idaho attended
Posted at 5:31 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 20:52:09-04

"So far, it's been a really fun conference," said Edgar Rosales, Vallivue High School senior.

Edgar Rosales is a high school senior attending the Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit for the first time.

"I have a lot of friends that have been talking about it, freshman year, sophomore year, and junior year. I just didn't really come because i didn't really have transportation," said Rosales.

Edgar says Vallivue High School's Future Hispanic Leaders of America Club arranged for him to be able to get to the summit this year.

"I feel like a lot of us are isolated and this just opens up our context," said Rosales.

For the first time, the summit teamed up with Idaho colleges who interviewed high school seniors to award scholarships and Edgar is hoping to be one of those recipients.

 "Well I am thinking about applying for the scholarships, my whole classroom is and hopefully we'll win something out of it," said Rosales.

Edgar wants to attend the University of Idaho to become a teacher and he will be the first person in his family to attend college.

He says positive role models like the ones he met today motivate him to become successful.

"It really helps to know that we're not alone, that there are people that actually care for us and seeing that other Latinos have made it ahead of us," said Rosales.