Hundreds of students, parents took part in Fresno County Youth Summit


Hundreds of students from around the Valley took part in the second annual Fresno County Youth Summit at Reedley College.

Valley leaders took time to speak words of encouragement to the students. This year’s theme “Be the light in the dark”.

The free event was designed for both kids and their parents.

It wasn’t a typical Saturday, more than 350 students along with their parents, gathered to attend the Fresno County Youth Summit at Reedley College.

“It’s really good to be here and I’m really excited and motivated,” Jose Romaldo, a student at Parlier High School, said.

The summit designed with different workshops, encouraging students to learn, from building rockets to teens getting driving tips from California Highway Patrol.

“I wanted to learn more about driving and how to be safe,” Darrin Chatman, a student at Clovis East High School, said.

There were even workshops for parents, showing them ways to help navigate their childern toward success. For some, a first generation attending college.

“Well since neither of us have attended we kind of just needed a road map,” Danielle Guerra-Wallace, a Selma parent, said.

Sandra Caldwell, president of Reedley College, said that’s what the event is all about, helping both students and parents “be the light in the dark”.

“This is about building the capacity not only for our students to see themselves and see the potential and to understand what challenges they’re going to face and how to with each other think about how to move forward and be successful,” Caldwell said.

“I encourage you to be bold in achieving your dreams,” Joseph Castro, president of Fresno State, said. 

Castro, a key speaker, sharing words of encouragement to families who chose to spend their day taking steps toward a bold future.

“I walked in a similar path that they have, I was really honored to come and share some of my thoughts about how to go from where they’re at to where they might be in the future to be successful,” Castro said.

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