Girl Scouts of the USA's Fifth National Latina Conference Will Be Held In New York

January 18, 2005

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA announced their fifth National Latina Conference will take place in Long Island, New York. In partnership with Girl Scouts of Nassau County, the organization will welcome hundreds of girls from across the nation to connect with Latino culture, community leaders, and prominent women mentors. This year's National Latina Conference will take place from July 14-17 at the Long Island Marriott Hotel and will help girls develop as the future leaders of tomorrow.

Girls and their families will tackle issues relevant to today's girls such as biculturalism, self-esteem, education, and decision making. The conference will end with a full day of cultural events in New York City.

"Girl Scouts of the USA is deeply committed to reaching and working with all communities to providing girls with the resources they need to succeed," says Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "The Latina Conference is another way Girl Scouts helps girls develop confidence and character—values they'll use to make their world a better place."

The National Latina Conference was created as a forum for young Latinas to voice their opinions about the issues and challenges they face, and to create a safe place for networking with peers and adults, while celebrating Hispanic culture. "We are honored to have the opportunity to host this year's National Latina Conference," says Donna Ceravolo, CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. "This conference is part of Girl Scouts' ongoing commitment to help support girls of all cultures and backgrounds as they grow into adulthood."

The lead sponsor at this year's conference is Bank of America. "At Bank of America, we believe we can make a difference—not only with financial support, but also by strengthening the fabric of the communities and neighborhoods where we work and live," says Elena Perez, Vice President and Long Island Market Development Manager. "We are happy to support the Girl Scout National Latina Conference and look forward to bringing to life our commitment to local communities and diversity."

Other sponsors include Winthrop University Hospital, Harvest Home Mortgage, and HSBC.

Please contact Claudia Pagan at (516) 741-2550 ext. 255 for more event details and for sponsorship opportunities. Registration forms will be available online in February 2005. For press inquiries, please contact Ursula Castrillon at ucastrillon@girlscouts.org.