Latinx Youth Summit

The 22nd annual Latinx Youth Summit will be held on October 30th, 2020.

We are beyond excited to join in community this October with Latinx high school students across Iowa to engage in a day of learning, growth, and empowerment! This year’s theme is “envisioning a better tomorrow”, and we are thrilled to see what sessions and lessons arise around this topic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic carries on, we want to be transparent in that we will not be able to hold LYS in person this year and will instead be shifting to a virtual format. The safety and health of Iowan counselors, teachers, students, and university staff is our #1 priority and we take that responsibility very seriously. We also recognize that many schools will face decreased funding – and thus less capacity to attend – this year, and we want to continue to make this event safe and accessible for all. We appreciate your understanding and we look forward to seeing each other in person next year.

Our planning team is still determining the specifics of this virtual format and has been updating our plans as the public health emergency situation develops. We will post updates on this website as they become available. In the meantime, please contact Sarah Lambert (they/them), LYS co-Chair, at with any questions.

We are sad that we won't be able to celebrate in Iowa City this year, but Latinxs are a resilient community who understand the importance of protecting and supporting each other. We can't wait to learn together in person in 2021!



For many years we have partnered with the Latinx Excellence in the Midwest Conference to attract professionals and talent across Iowa. The 2019 Latinx Excellence in the Midwest Conference took place on October 12th, 2019 and was a phenomenal event! We look forward to sharing more information regarding the 2020 Conference soon. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Latinx Youth Summit Information

We're excited to welcome you to the 22nd annual Latinx Youth Summit! Chaperones should plan to register up to 20 students and 2 chaperones. The registration form will be available in August-September 2020.

If you are a student/parent and you are not sure if a group is planning to attend from your school, please email Sarah Lambert directly at

The deadline to register is September 14th, 2020. This year we will not be able to accept students that did not register by September 14th. If you would like to attend and could not register before the deadline, we will place you on a waiting list and notify by September 21st if there are any cancellations.

Questions? Email Sarah Lambert at

The Schedule for the 2020 summit will be announced at a later date. Please check back in September 2020.

Important Information About Workshop Proposals

The submission deadline for LYS 2020 proposals is late September (exact date TBD). Proposal decision statuses will be sent 1-2 weeks afterwards.

The workshop proposal form will be available in late August 2020.

AUDIENCE:  Summit participants include 9th -12th grade high school youth, educational advisors, community members, and community organizations. The summit is a multiracial/multinational event; participants speak multiple languages and interpretation can be provided for summit events in both English and Spanish if requested. 

LENGTH OF PRESENTATIONS: Please note that the workshops are 45-50 minutes in length.

STIPENDS:  All presenters receive complimentary registration to the summit, which includes meals and activities.  As a general rule, the Latinx Youth Summit is not able to provide payment to presenters. 

ACCESSIBILITY: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the Latinx Youth Summit and accommodations will be provided upon request.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarah Lambert at (link sends e-mail).

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Please stay tuned for deadlines for the 2020 Latinx Youth Summit. You can submit your proposal through an upcoming online form.

If you have any questions regarding workshop proposals, please email Sarah Lambert (link sends e-mail).


The ongoing success of this event depends on our volunteers. Would you like to help out at the 2020 Latinx Youth Summit? You can sign up when we open the form in September 2020.

We are so excited to host the Latinx History Competition again this year. Students registered for the Summit can participate individually, with a limit of 3 students per school. The deadline to register for the History Competition will be November 1, 2020. You must register through our online form, which will be active in September 2020.

Please reach out to Sarah Lambert at with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to learning together!