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Governor Herbert to Address over 1,500 Utah Multicultural Youth About their Future

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts   Technical Information: Stanford Kekauoha, 801.245.7210

For immediate release 23 Oct. 2014 Governor Herbert to Address over 1,500 Utah Multicultural Youth About their Future SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary R. Herbert will join over 1,500 multicultural youth, and hundreds of educators and parents, at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Oct. 29 for the 2014 Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit.

“Statistics show that many of our state’s multicultural youth have below-average high school graduation rates, and even less success in going on to college. I want to encourage these students to reach higher, because they are a big part of our future,” Herbert said. Students and educators from 50 schools, representing six counties, will be attending.

On average, Utah’s ethnic population is growing three times faster than its Caucasian counterpart. By 2050, it is expected that minorities will be a majority part of Utah’s population. “Multicultural youth could very well be our future community leaders. We need to take steps to work together to engage, support and invest in them now,” said Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Claudia Nakano.

The Governor will also be honoring Utah Teacher of The Year Mohsen Ghaffari. Nationally-recognized youth engagement speakers CoolSpeak will address overcoming challenges in education. Nicholas Carlisle with No Bully will talk about how educators and students can overcome harassment and bullying in schools. There will also be performances by the Mana Academy choir, the North Davis Junior High School Multicultural Choir, and Urban Dance Organization.

Events get started at 8 a.m. in the main ballroom.

This Summit would not be possible without the generous support of: Chevron, Zions Bank, CoolSpeak, No Bully, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Horizonte Center, and Mount Jordan Middle School.

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit was created to support Governor Herbert’s “66 by 2020” education initiative, a goal in which 66 percent of Utahns hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by the year 2020.

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