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Columbia Gorge Latinx Líder Youth Summit


TRUST, in collaboration with local agencies, brings you our inaugural Columbia Gorge Latinx Líder Youth Summit for a half day on October 22nd, followed by a two night retreat Friday, October 26th, through Sunday, October 28th. Please join us for this first foundational summit for a regional conversation on identity and place, addressing Latinx youth civic engagement, belonging, and self care. Please register below. Logo generously gifted by local artist Eliza Carver.

Questions that will be addressed:
1. How are we seen in our community?
2. How do we see ourselves in our community?
3. What are the barriers that stop us from becoming the people we want to be?
4. How can we step into our power?
5. What kind of community do we want to live in that would help us thrive?

Foundational elements:
1. Latinx Youth lead
2. Relevant to issues faced by Latinx Youth
3. Tangible outcomes
4. To create real change in our community
5. Turn to youth as experts in their own life
6. Latinx lead discussion around culture and language

Who are we hoping to reach for the summit?
The Columbia Gorge Latinx Youth Líder Summit will bring together Latinx youth 15-18 years of age from White Salmon, Stevenson, Trout Lake, Lyle, Hood River and The Dalles. We have a max of 20 participant spots!

More reasons for youth to consider participating:
1. Community service hours
2. Senior Project
3. Ongoing peer circles/mentor connections
4. Camping trips through Big City Mountaineers
5. Access to funding to help with projects that YOU DESIGN after the summit
6. Attendance allows you to apply for a PAID internship with TRUST- one year commitment for a $350 stipend


Trout Lake Abbey—accommodating a portion of our event space needs on their beautiful grounds. Thank you!


Hood River County Library—a SUPER sponsor supporting the summit with fiscal sponsorship, staff and space. Thank you!

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Hood River County Preventiona SUPER sponsor supporting the summit with fiscal sponsorship, staff and space. Thank you!

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Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital—fiscal sponsorship. Thank you!



Noah Ramirez is a 19 year old born in Yakima, WA. He attends the University of Washington where he is finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Law & Policy this year. Noah was most recently a candidate for the Washington State House of Representatives in the 14th Legislative District. He is very excited to be a part of the first annual Columbia Gorge Latinx Líder Youth Summit because he comes from a significant latino background and has personally advocated on behalf of the latin community in his hometown.

Noah has been working hard to ensure that all young members of the latin community know that they have a voice and their voice is stronger now than ever before, even with recent events happening around the country. Knocking down barriers is important to Noah and being a part of this summit and expressing this idea will be important to the future of our local community, state, and nation!

Planning Committee and facilitators:

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Nubia Contreras was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon. Currently working as a Prevention Specialist with Hood River County Prevention Department, overseeing the Drug Free Communities grant. Nubia believes that everyone regardless of age, race or sex should be able to be in a leadership position. She enjoys spending time with her family since they are her biggest supporters in everything that she does, and being outdoors.

Juan Zuniga, grew up in Hood River, enjoys basketball, water sports and the outdoors. Juan works for Young Life youth ministries and hopes the Latinx Summit gives youth the tools to feel empowered and step into leadership roles in their schools and in their communities. Juan is married to Lindsy and has 2 children, Lukas and Olivia.

Yeli Boots, born and raised in Central California is currently working for the Hood River County Library as a Bilingual Outreach Specialist. She started her career at the young age of 19 working with non profit agencies specifically geared towards Latinx families. She believes culture, literature, and knowledge should be shared and accessed freely with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Miguel Vasquez is a college student who is studying music. His hopes and dreams are to be able to change peoples life and unite communities as one, to be proud to be a Latino in Hood River, Oregon.

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