By: Jillian Wilson
Hispanic Americans are the largest growing population in the country.
Today they showed their pride and power at the Latino Youth Summit.
"I think it provides a united, safe haven for people to communicate and share ideas and aspirations," says Ashley Gomez, a Black Hawk Student.
Students from all over the QC along with city leaders talked about college prep, college life, and cultural awareness.
One St. Ambrose student from Puerto Rico was happy to share her story in hopes of inspiring others.
"Knowing that I could help someone out and tell them that it is possible because I didn't think it was possible for me to come to college in the united states and it is possible with financial aid, and when you find people who can you help and they will help you out," says Andrea Rivera, a St. Ambrose student.
Chris Huerta is an Augustana student volunteering at the program says he came to the summit in high school.
"It was actually a great experience for me because it actually allowed me to see opportunities I had to actually attend college and all these other opportunities I have available to me," says Huerta.
Leaders in the community talked about the importance of Hispanic Americans.
And how this year their contributions are fueling the economy and their vote could have a big impact on the election.
"You get the ability to talk to people of high positions and they can later direct you to some place else, so you kind of create a network around here," says Huerta.
One of the speakers said by 2020, half of the jobs available will require some type of diploma.
Programs like these make it easier for both parents and students to make college a reality.