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Mendocino College holds 31st annual Latino Student Retreat

The 31st annual Latino Student Retreat at Mendocino College on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ukiah, Calif. Courtesy photo.

NORTH COAST, Calif. – More than 300 Mendocino and Lake County students from grades nine through 12 accompanied by their teachers, counselors and chaperones attended the 31st annual Latino Student Retreat at Mendocino College on Friday, May 3.

High Schools in attendance included Accelerated Achievement Academy, Anderson Valley High School, Fort Bragg High School, Kelseyville High School, Laytonville High School, Lower Lake High School, Middletown High School, Potter Valley High School, Redwood Academy, Ukiah High School, Upper Lake High School and Willits High School.

The purpose of the Latino Student Retreat is to promote social and cultural awareness to high school students from Mendocino and Lake counties and it includes motivational speakers, workshops, entertainment, and lunch.

The event has increased in popularity since its inception over 30 years ago, and it continues to draw well-known and excellent Latino role models as presenters from educational, political, legal, business and artistic fields.

The theme for this year’s retreat was “Hecho en Mendo/Made in Mendo.”

This year’s key note speaker was accomplished poet and speaker Yosimar Reyes. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of "10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”

Students enjoyed a variety of workshops with topics including Financial Literacy, Hands on Biology, Music and Meaning, How to Pay for a College Education, Understanding Demographic Shifts, and more.

Students completed an evaluation at the end of the event with comments like, “I loved the speaker Yosimar; he was very inspirational”; “This place is genius”; “I like the classes and all the support you offer us”; and “This experience was amazing”.

“The Latino Student Retreat serves to not only expose students to the infinite possibilities found within higher education, but to give campus staff, faculty, and participating outside organizations a chance to interact with the incredible high school students we are privileged to serve in our area. Thank you to all participating schools for supporting this event,” said Mendocino College FYI/HIS Grant Program Manager Monica Flores.

Sponsors for this event included Career and Technical Education, the First Year Institute, the College Assistance Migrant Program, and the High School Equivalency Program at Mendocino College, Redwood Credit Union, and Migrant Education Region 2.

The Mendocino College Ukiah campus is located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah. Visit the college online at

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