Fuentes Launches 3rd Annual Leadership Summit

September event to host a dozen workshops and pay homage to past leaders of the Hispanic community

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester) launched the Third Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit – scheduled for September 28, 2013 – at a Statehouse Press Conference this morning. Fuentes was accompanied by members of the Host Committee, who announced $15,000 in scholarships to incoming Rowan University freshmen.

“Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in this country, but the inequities we still face are staggering,” said Assemblyman Fuentes. “The Hispanic Leadership Summit unites members of our community from across the state, bringing together Hispanics of all ages and walks of life to share their experiences and resources.”

Assemblyman Fuentes has chaired the Hispanic Leadership Summits to increase dialogue between members of the Hispanic community from all sectors, to help non-profit organizations access all level of government, to strengthen civic awareness, and to facilitate citizen participation in the electoral process. The events have included prominent Hispanic political, business and religious leaders from throughout the state and country, as well veterans, college students, non-profit organizations and more.

“We have to work together to be our own advocates, to concentrate our efforts on enacting policies that benefit us and providing opportunities for each other to succeed,” Assemblyman Fuentes went on to say. “This event helps us not only celebrate our heritage, but also gives us strength moving forward as we shape our state and our future.”

The theme of this year’s Summit is Honoring Our Past, which looks back at those who have opened the doors for today’s Hispanic community to grow and succeed. There are currently 12 invaluable workshops for individuals to take advantage of, with Summit organizers expecting more to come.

“This year’s event will be larger than ever, thanks to the diligence of our outstanding Host Committee,” added Assemblyman Fuentes.

Last year, the Hispanic Leadership Summit sold out in the weeks leading up to the event. The Host Committee is encouraging participants to sign up early this year.