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English to Spanish Raleigh at the City of Raleigh's "Vive Tu Ciudad" Conference
With the goal of connecting Latinos – including Spanish-speaking Latinos – with the greater Raleigh area, prominent speakers discussed topics, such as educating attendees on the resources and opportunities that the Oak City has to offer. Students were also welcome at the event, where Latino leaders within the community offered mentorship on how Latino youths can accomplish their goals by combining culture and the vibrant diversity of Raleigh.
Roughly 150 attendees came out for the Vive Tu Ciudad: La Conferencia Latina event. There was something for everyone, as the topics centered around businesses, students, and lifestyle success as a proud Raleigh Latino. The main sessions covered topics like, "Getting to Know Your City," "Starting Your Own Business," and "Living Your Senior Years Successfully, Actively & Balanced." The youth-oriented topics included, "Identifying Options for Your Career," and "Financing Your College Education."
The conference was made possible by influential leaders of the Raleigh-Latino community. Spearheaded by Aracelys Torrez, Community Engagement Division of the City of Raleigh, Torrez invited Elsa Jimenez, founder and head Spanish translator of English to Spanish Raleigh, to participate in this year's event. Jimenez contributed to the event as a moderator and member of the planning committee.
"It was an honor to have been part of an event that brought the community and Latinos together, and that involved great individuals who are pinnacles of the Raleigh Latino culture," remarks Jimenez. "Knowing that we were able to positively impact the lives of Latinos of every age group, right in our local area is a great feeling."
Raleigh's renowned reporter, Leyla Santiago of WRAL News, delivered the keynote speech. Santiago discussed her award-winning WRAL documentary, "The Journey Alone," speaking on her travel experience to the border. An inspirational story, Santiago narrated how she overcame the challenges of following her dream to be a reporter as a Latino in America, and how to align local opportunities with cultural diversity.
While promoted primarily on Spanish-speaking outlets, such as Univision, La Conferencia Latina was a bilingual event. Volunteers offered their skills as interpreters for real-time interpretation of session content for non-Spanish-
"Next year, I will definitely consider being a part of this conference,"
To learn more about local Raleigh translation service, English to Spanish Raleigh, visit www.englishtospanishraleigh.com.
To learn more about Viva Raleigh, find them on Facebook at @VivaRaleigh (www.facebook.com/