2019 LILTA Conferences

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) is a not for profit organization with the mission to increase graduation rates and higher education enrollment, retention and completion for all students.  thumbnail111652
The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) is a not for profit organization with the mission to increase graduation rates and higher education enrollment, retention and completion for all students.
The 24 young ladies from Walt Whitman took with them a lot of information and inspiration from the panelist presentations. thumbnail111653
The 24 young ladies from Walt Whitman took with them a lot of information and inspiration from the panelist presentations.
Our Whitman students paid close attention to the speakers of the day and their personal experiences.  thumbnail111654
Our Whitman students paid close attention to the speakers of the day and their personal experiences.
The event took place at Hofstra University, where 16 young gentlemen from Whitman gained new perspectives on pursuing their passions.  thumbnail111655
The event took place at Hofstra University, where 16 young gentlemen from Whitman gained new perspectives on pursuing their passions.

Our Project Excel and ENL high school students attended separate conferences recently sponsored by the Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA). Together they learned about the value of remaining in school and pursing careers that will challenge them and will offer optimal results. This year, WWHS school psychologist Cynthia Mandel and our 5th grade teacher Jessica Gomez presented in the education and social work workshops. Both captured the women’s conference by sharing their experiences and wealth of knowledge encouraging students to stay focused, never giving up and to view educating themselves as an effective pathway for positive changes.

Walt Whitman 9th grader Michnaydine dor Joseph reflected on her experience at the conference and appreciated the time she had to speak with the panelists. “I learned that we should always follow our dreams and that it is okay to make mistakes. The panelist encouraged me to push myself and follow through so that I can be what I want in the future.” Tenth-grader Luisa Valencia Castaneda had a similar experience as she shared “I had the opportunity to meet new people and learn new perspectives and points of views about careers. I think it was an excellent experience.” In the men’s conference our social work intern Alexander Baez presented and shared that he always had a desire to help others and not being born with a silver spoon, he has been driven to be a part of assisting those in need. Our students looked absolutely great and enjoyed being part of this experience.