IDEA Students Host Inaugural South Texas Ideas Festival Focused on Community and Culture
Valley leaders engage youth in dialogue about the future of the Rio Grande Valley
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A group of 15 groundbreaking thinkers and leaders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered on March 4, 2017 at the first annual South Texas Ideas Festival at the Mission Center for Education and Economic Development in Mission, Texas. At the event, speakers discussed their ideas around Rio Grande Valley civic involvement and youth education, and the issues that challenge them. Speakers and panelists included: U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, Sister Norma Pimentel, Drew Lentz, Abel Gonzalez, and more.
The event was hosted by IDEA Quest College Prep high school students who want to bring community leaders and influencers together for a day of culture and community-identity dialogue. Speakers addressed over 300 youth from across the Rio Grande Valley about politics, life on the border, refugees, music, art, and the impact the Rio Grande Valley had on their success.
Michael Mireles, an IDEA Quest College Prep senior and student lead-organizer of the South Texas Ideas Festival was motivated to host the event in the Rio Grande Valley after being selected to participate in the Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute. The Bezos Scholars Program is a year-long leadership development program for high school juniors and educators that begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholars return home to launch sustainable, local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities.
“The purpose of this event is to create a space where high school students can meet with local leaders and create a dialogue,” said Michael Mireles. “We’re here to remind youth that their ideas are the vision for the Rio Grande Valley, but their actions are what will get us to the future we want.”
IDEA Public Schools is so proud of our students for hosting and engaging in important discussions with community leaders of the Rio Grande Valley, our flagship region. To learn more about the event visit http://www.stxideas.com/
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