Hispanic Institute to present youth conference

Naples Campus


The Hispanic Institute at Hodges University will present the “Youth in Southwest Florida: Building Pathways to Success” conference on Friday, November 15 at the University’s Fort Myers campus, 4501 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. The conference begins at 8:30 am and will offer presentations and sessions reflecting a current research-based study which examines child and adolescent high risk behaviors and substance use and abuse in Lee and Collier counties.


Participants will also gain knowledge of proactive solutions and best practices for meeting some of the challenges faced by many youth today such as issues in family functioning, academic difficulties, drug use, and other high risk behavior.

“This Conference will help increase understanding of some specific actions that can make a difference in the life of a young person,” said Carmen Rey-Gomez, Director of the Hispanic Institute. “We look to identify factors that contribute to high risk behaviors among youth as well as some of the strategies that foster resiliency in youth at risk. Our guests will hear a sampling of prevention programs that are effective for certain populations and the strategies that work.”

Keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Nancy J. Graham, Lee County Superintendent of Schools. Students may attend free or charge with their school ID. For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Carmen Rey-Gomez at (239) 938-7793.

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