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Latina Girl Scouts Celebrate Their Heritage, Prepare for Future at Third Annual National Latina Conference

Celebrities and community leaders join Latina Girl Scouts to focus on road to success.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2003

CONTACT:
Ursula Castrillon
(212) 852-8132
ucastrillon@girlscouts.org

Ellen Christie
(212) 852-6570
echristieach@girlscouts.org

Chicago, IL—Hundreds of teen Latinas and adults from all over the country are joining Girl Scouts of the USA at the third annual Girl Scout National Latina Conference in Oakbrook, Illinois, from July 24 to July 26. With support from the White House, Senator Richard Durbin's (D-IL) office, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, celebrities, and prominent Hispanic women, Girl Scouts will work with communities to ensure the future success of young Latinas.

The conference kicks off on Thursday, July 24, and is sponsored by Advantage Emblem, Aero Mexico, GEM-SET, Hinkley Springs, McDonalds, Telemundo, and Unilever. The opening will feature Christina Vidal from Nickelodeon's hit show Taina as keynote speaker. Vidal, along with local personalities, Girl Scout National Chair Cynthia B. Thompson, and other Girl Scout National Board members, will draw on their own experiences to inspire teen Latinas to set and reach goals.
Entertainment for the evening is by Mexico's own Herencia Mexicana. The mariachi band is composed by the sons and daughters of legendary performers—Lola Beltran and Pedro Infante.

Leticia Herrera, of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board, will close the event on Friday evening, along with Clarisol Avila Duque from Senator Durbin's office.

"The Latina Conference is a celebration of the enormous potential within young Latinas," says Cynthia B. Thompson, who serves as the Chair, National Board of Directors, of Girl Scouts of the USA. "We've brought together the Latino community to inspire and lead these young women to future successes."

The three-day event will feature expert-led seminars (both in English and Spanish) for teens and adults such as:

A representative from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans will speak on ways Latino parents can be advocates for their children's education. Girl Scouts is one of the founding partners of a new conglomerate of for-profit and nonprofit organizations working with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americanson ways to increase retention rates and empower Latino parents of school aged children.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for girls, and has more than 3.8 million girl and adult members. Now in its 91nd year, Girl Scouting cultivates values, social conscience, and self-esteem in girls, while teaching them critical life skills to later succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting's special girls-only environment, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. To volunteer your time or make a donation, call 1 (800) GSUSA 4 U. Visit us at www.girlscouts.org.

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