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Marymount Hosts BETAC Youth Leadership Conference

Contact: Janet Sassi
(212) 636-7577

Fordham will host approximately 40 high school students for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute training beginning Thursday, March 15, at the Marymount campus, to prepare the students for participation in a mock legislative assembly in Albany, N.Y.

The students, who hail from 19 schools in 15 school districts, are part of Fordham’s New York State Lower Hudson Valley Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (BETAC) program, administered by the Graduate School of Education. The event will run for three days and feature workshops on parliamentary procedure and leadership activities. Students will be chosen to attend the Albany assembly following the training.

“We are creating a college experience here at our campus as part of the preparation,” said Carol E. Pertchik, director of the Lower Hudson Valley BETAC. “It definitely adds to the leadership experience.”

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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