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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol 2013

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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol 2014

Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol

On March 14, 2013 over 500 students and 200 community members came together to celebrate Utah’s growing multicultural community. Governor Gary R. Herbert, Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart, and Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck addressed the audience and challenged students to stay in school and graduate. Governor Herbert motivated students by stating they are the future leaders of tomorrow and that “all too soon…you will be taking over.” Representative Lockhart followed the Governor’s speech with stories of her own cultural background and noted that “Utah is strong because of our diversity.” Representative Chavez-Houck stressed the importance of each student sharing their story and the imprint they will make in the state’s future. During this time educators and students in the community were recognized for their work in the community.

Community Education Recognitions were awarded to Frances P. Battle, Phil H. Uipi, and Dr. Jose Enriquez. Student recognitions were awarded to Esparanza Rocha, Moana Fololini ‘Ulu’ave, and Victor DeLara. Multicultural Affairs plans to continue this tradition and will invite students back to the Capitol next year during “Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol” on February 19th.

MYLD | Award Nominations

About     Award Nominations     Past Events

Student and Teacher Recognition Awards 

The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) looks to recognize outstanding students and teachers for their commitment to educational excellence. Every year MCA honors three students and three teachers during the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol.

Criteria for Student Nomination 

  • Actively participates in school or the community 
  • Inspires growth in fellow students 
  • Shows an openness and aptitude for connecting with other students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds 

Criteria for Teacher Nomination 

  • Inspires students to pursue higher education
  • Instills an excitement for learning in her/his students
  • Embraces diversity and makes learning personally and culturally relevant for students

 Nominations are now CLOSED. We would like to thank everyone who submitted a name for nomination.

2014 Year End Review

2014 has been an exciting year for us and we are grateful for the partnerships we have built and the friends we have made. Utah would not be half the state it is today without the leadership, examples and sources of inspiration that come from our multicultural communities.

This year We were able to work with a lot of amazing organizations and people. From our Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit to our collaboration with the the Division of Arts and Museums on a MLK art inspired art exhibit, it has been a fun year!

To see some of the projects we were able to work on, click on this link.

Happy 2015!

2014 MYLS Archive

The 3rd Annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit (MYLS) is a one-day conference that brings together students, educators, parents, community leaders, state government, and other organizations from across the state. The goal of the MYLS is to provide participants with an inspiring experience to stimulate educational success and help shape the leaders of tomorrow.

This year, we present Nicholas Carlisle as the keynote speaker. Mr. Carlisle, a graduate of Oxford University, is an attorney (with a focus on human rights), psychotherapist and Executive Director of No Bully. Having experienced firsthand the reality of bullying in high school, he is committed to creating schools where every child feels accepted by their peers. In addition to the keynote address, Mr. Carlisle will lead a breakout session for educators and parents on effective anti-bullying strategies.

No Bully is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that partners with schools nationwide to implement a non-punitive and highly effective solution to end bullying and harassment. Research studies show that teachers and staff trained in the No Bully System® succeed in stopping student bullying in at least 80% of cases. No Bully is helping schools transform into learning communities that are truly inclusive.

Ernesto Mejia, Vice President of CoolSpeak and the “rock star” of previous Summits, will provide a dynamic and engaging opening presentation that will no doubt be energized from beginning to end. His breakout sessions will include topics on: the power of youth, college readiness, leadership development, decision making, self esteem, diversity and communication skills. Ernesto, the proud son of immigrant parents, went form college dropout to Dean of Student Success.

Registration is FREE for students, educators, parents, community members, and volunteers. We will also be providing a light breakfast and lunch.

Program Schedule

7:00 – 8:00
Students Arrive
Light Breakfast

8:00 – 9:30
Opening Session
Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox
Governor Gary R. Herbert
Utah Teacher of the Year: Mohsen Ghaffari
Youth Speaker: Oscar Cuevas
Keynote: Nicholas Carlisle of No Bully

9:30 – 9:50

9:50 – 11:15
Ernesto Mejia of CoolSpeak
Carlos Ojeda of CoolSpeak
Youth Performances

11:15 – 12:30
Dance Performance

12:30 – 1:10
Breakout 1
Student Breakouts presented by CoolSpeak
Educator/Parent Breakout presented by No Bully

1:10 – 1:30
Break (Visit Exhibits)

1:30 – 2:10
Breakout 2
Student Breakouts presented by CoolSpeak
Educator/Parent Breakout presented by No Bully

2:10 – 2:30
Closing Session

Students Depart

For the At-a-Glance schedule PDF click here.

For additional information please contact Jenny Hor at or (801)245-7214. 
Stay tuned for updates on 
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Join us as partners for the next Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit in October 2014!
For more information and sponsorship opportunities please check our MYLS Sponsorship Package.
If you have any questions please contact Stanford Kekauoha at or (801)245-7210

Here is what students have to say about the MYLS




In support of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s education initiative ‘66% by 2020,’ a state goal that 66% of all working-age Utahns will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020, the Utah Multicultural Affairs Office hosted the first annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit on April 30, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Multicultural Affairs plans to host this event Every Fall before school starts with hopes that at each summit students learn how they can be agents of positive social change.

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