Over 2,000 Latino students from across Michigan met at the Wharton Center on MSU’s campus on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 for the 13th Annual Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education (ALSAME) Youth Conference.

Over 2,000 Latino students from across Michigan met at the Wharton Center on MSU’s campus on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 for the 13th Annual Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education (ALSAME) Youth Conference.

The conference kicked off with a spirited performance by Las Cafeteras.  Las Cafeteras formed as a band in 2008 with the purpose of documenting the histories of their neighborhoods through music. As musicians, they started as students of the Eastside Café, a Zapatista inspired community space in East Los Angeles where they were influenced by the culture, storytelling, and poetic music of Son Jarocho, a traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico.  To view video of Las Cafeteras performing at the 2014 ALSAME Conference, click here.

Conference attendees attended workshops, learned about alternative scholarships, received information about how to prepare and pay for college, attended a college fair and heard from inspirational keynote speaker, Moe Vela, president and CEO of MoeVela, LLC.

Vela runs a global business development firm with clients in the United States and Latin America. Through this venture, he brings an international network of high profile leaders and decision makers to his various clients. In addition to running his firm, Vela is a partner at the law firm of Scarincini Hollenbeck and an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law. Vela has been named one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” by Hispanic Business magazine and was twice named as one of the “100 Most Influential Latinos” by Latino Leaders magazine.

ALSAME’s goal is to serve as a resource to students, parents, and professional staff through the dissemination of information about various colleges and universities to students and community. They are committed to building a better future for Michigan’s youth to provide avenues to better achieve their educational goals.

For more information about ALSAME, and the Youth Conference, visit their website.  Visit the ALSAME Conference 2014 photo album here.