AU students inspire area high school students during Power Up! Conference

Power Up! Conference

AU students check-in high school at the Power Up! Youth Leadership Conference on Friday, October 18.

As many students enjoyed a long weekend for Fall Break, others stayed on campus and took the opportunity to work with local high school students. On Friday, October 18, The Latin American Student Organization (LASO), held its annual one-day leadership conference. The Power Up! Youth Leadership Conference took place on the Aurora University campus and was attended by more than 130 students from area high schools.

Throughout the day, AU organizations presented workshops on a variety of topics, including the college experience, motivation and self-empowerment.

“The conference was hosted by students for students. Its primary focus was for college students to enlighten high school students on the importance of attending college and furthering their leadership skills, and provide them with knowledge of the college application process,” said LASO President Cynthia Vargas, AU ’14. “Throughout the day high school students attended workshops that focused on those skills and allowed them to hear first-hand experience from college students.”

The event was made possible thanks to the support of:
East Aurora High School, West Aurora High School, Dundee Crown High School, Larkin High School, Aurora University Student Association, AU Dunham Scholars, Gamma Phi Omega Int’l Sorority, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, AU Athletics Department, AU Office of Admission and Financial Aid, AU Office of Latino Initiatives, AU Latin American Student Organization, AU L.E.A.D. Program, AU Men’s Hockey Team, AU Men’s Lacrosse Team and the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action.