Educating Children of Color Summit has goal to inspire kids to go to college

Published: January 2, 2014, 12:46 pm, by Carol McGraw

If you or your kids have never gone to the Educating Children of Color Summit, here’s  your chance.

In spite of the name, it is for all  students, though there are plenty of   inspirational  and educational seminars for minority and impoverished  kids.

The summit is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at  Colorado College.

Nationally known educators and child welfare experts will lead  sessions geared to inspire high school and undergraduate college students, and give   parents and professionals tools to help them.

Keynote speaker is Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, a 13-year-old  environmental activist from Boulder who is youth director of Earth Guardians.

Other speakers:

Consuelo Castillo  Kickbusch who was born in a barrio in Texas, and  became the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the Army’s Combat Support Field. She later resigned to  fulfill her mother’s wish for her  b y becoming a community activist.

James Braxton Peterson, director of Africana Studies and professor of English at Lehigh University, does research on hip-hop, and urban and youth cultures.

Suave,  founder of  Hip Hop ConnXon, a top hip hop dance troupe.

Edwonda White a comedian who has been named  ” Female Comedian of the year” by Black Television and “Clean Comedian of the Year” by the Gospel Christian Alliance.

The summit was founded in 2007,  by a group of Colorado Springs educators, and legal and social service experts who wanted to help kids break the over representation of   minority children  in the  pipeline of poverty and incarceration. The group’s research  found that children of color are more likely to be poor, involved in  the child welfare and juvenile  justice systems, Judge Regina Walter of the Fourth Judicial District has said.

The event is free for students and parents, and $25 for professionals.  Proceeds will provide laptops and scholarships. The summit has raised $61,000  in scholarship grants and has donated 56 laptops the last six years to participants.

To register: visit educatingchildrenofcolor.org.