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JULIANA ESPARZA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/01/2017
LIVE IT OUT
Teen-run Nonprofit Invited to Present Innovative Dropout Prevention Model at SXSW EDU® Conference 2018
Live It Out’s proposal has been selected from a record-breaking of more than 1,400 outstanding ideas submitted to present at the prestigious education conference to be held in Austin, TX, March 5-8, 2018
Conroe, TX: Live It Out, a nonprofit organization led by high school students, has been selected to present at one of the most important education innovation conferences in the nation: SXSW EDU 2018 in Austin,TX. Under the title “A New Approach to Reduce Dropouts: Teens for Teens”, Live It Out will present its innovative dropout prevention model before conference attendees which include education practitioners and administrators, business and industry leaders, government officials, nonprofit leaders, and students.
“We are very excited to present at SXSW EDU 2018 since this forum will accelerate Live It Out’s plans for expansion” said Juliana Esparza (HS Senior), president and founder. “Our organization has a unique formula that combines a top-notch training program on life skills, principles of ethics and corporate exposure together with a community led by teen leaders and teen volunteers. All together bound by a unique online community” indicated Mercedes Milke (HS Sophmore), vice-president and founder. “Live it Out program has been designed with care and love to help at-risk teens to awake their I-CAN spirit. It can help them to develop skills that are not often taught in schools today. It helps them to think very seriously about what they are passionate about so they can turn that passion into achievable goals.” said Franco Soldi, co-speaker at the SXSW EDU conference. Franco Soldi, a well known International Speaker, author and entrepreneur, is the CEO & Founder of YPD (Young Potential Development), an organization highly involved with the Live It Out initiative (www.francosoldi.com). The YPD program is part of Live it Out’s offering and has been tested with thousands of kids, parents and teachers around the world. It is a unique, revolutionary and engaging education method aimed at developing the skill sets needed for a successful 21st century life. Live It Out’s goal is to impact around 150 families this coming 2018 in the Houston Area and also build a strong base of supporters and sponsors. “By 2020 we plan to reach thousands of families all over Texas and ultimately expand nationally and internationally” mentioned Juliana Esparza.
Live It Out is a non-profit organization of high school students who engage their community's resources to help at-risk high school students unravel their potential. Our mission is to reduce dropouts by helping teens discover their passions and motivations through leadership, communication, creativity, and energy skills. It was founded in September of 2016 by Juliana Esparza (HS junior) and Mercedes Milke (HS freshman), in The Woodlands, TX and it's first event consisted of a 5-day summer camp in 2017 at Sam Houston State University-The Woodlands Campus. For more information please visit www.weliveitout.org, or https://schedule.sxswedu.com/2018/events/PP70446 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning. The eighth annual SXSW EDU will return to Austin, March 5-8, 2018, for four days of compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy discussions, competitions, exhibitions, networking and so much more. Through collaboration, creativity and engagement, SXSW EDU empowers its global community to connect, discover and impact. For more information please visit www.sxswedu.com
JULIANA ESPARZA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/6/2017
LIVE IT OUT
Live It Out. High School Students Helping At-Risk High School Students
A new non-for-profit ran by students holds its 2017 summer camp for at-risk students on June 12 through June 16 at Sam Houston State University - The Woodlands Center
Conroe, TX: A group of high school students is launching a new non-for-profit organization called “Live It Out”. The organization’s mission is to engage community resources to help at-risk students unravel their potential and thus, reduce the drop off rate among high school students in Conroe, TX and surrounding areas. In the US alone, more than 1.3+ million high school students drop off school each year and approximately 45% of Hispanic high school students don’t finish high school. Live It Out wants to offer a solution to such problem. There are many organizations working to reduce drop-off rates but few of them are managed by high school students.
The organization’s first activity is a 5-day summer camp program taking place on June 12 through June 16, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Sam Houston State University- The Woodlands Center (3380 College Park Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77384). After a detailed application process, twenty-four Conroe-area at-risk high school students have been awarded full scholarships to participate. The program is supported by local companies, entrepreneurs, and organizations that have sponsored Live It Out.
“As students, we understand the role that motivation plays. Without a plan for our future, we lack motivation to give our all in order to reach our goals” said Juliana Esparza, a junior attending Frassati Catholic High School, who is founder and president of Live It Out. Mercedes Milke, freshman at The Woodlands High School and vice president of the organization, mentioned that “the purpose of our organization is to reduce High School Dropouts by giving at-risk students the opportunity to discover their passions, motivation and potential through the development of 21st century skills.”
Live It Out’s program helps students to discover their talents, passions and skills so they can find ways to put them to use in order to achieve their goals. In addition, students will develop a life plan: academic, social, economic objectives in order to learn to consider high school as an opportunity to reach goals.
The 2017 Summer Camp will be led by international youth coach, speaker and author Franco Soldi, founder of Young Potential Development (YPD), who has helped more than 25,000 students in the US and Europe.