UTSA P-20 seeks presenters and exhibitors for STEM Youth Leadership Development Forum Oct. 7

The University of Texas at San Antonio is seeking community presenters and exhibitors who work in the STEM fields to participate in the Youth Leadership Development Forum (YLDF) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, October 7.

Through a partnership between the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and UTSA’s Institute for P-20 Initiatives, presenters and exhibitors will inspire students during the Youth Leadership Development Forum (YLDF), this year’s theme being “Students in STEM- Exploring Your Future: Dream-Learn-Lead.” Begun in 1996, the YLDF is a pre-conference event that serves to showcase a HACU member institution, motivate youth towards post-secondary education and provide information on college admissions, financial aid and career awareness. For 2016, YLDF is scheduled at the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus. The purpose of this program is to encourage youth to discover career possibilities within the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Students attending the conference will explore high demand STEM careers locally and nationally, explore the higher education required in preparation for those fields and learn how the college and university experience benefits them, their families and communities. UTSA colleges, student organizations, area businesses and organizations are specifically encouraged to participate in this forum. We are looking for hands-on activities to engage middle and high school students from local school districts.

The free forum will serve 500 students with breakout sessions, a STEM exhibitor fair, a luncheon that includes student panels and a tour of the campus. There will be three one hour long sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Anthony Bruins of ExoPlanet Technologies and System Engineer/Integrator in the Mission Operations Directorate for NASA, will be on hand to inspire students to both explore and achieve their potential by encouraging them to go to college and study STEM subjects. “Innovation, or new ideas, is the key to survival in a continuously changing world on a personal and a professional level,” says Bruin. During the forum there will also be a free professional development opportunity for teachers attending this event.

Sign up today as a STEM presenter or exhibitor by contacting Belinda Harmon, Director of Community Outreach, UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives: For more information about the HACU conference, visit

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