Education Forward hosts Annual Leadership Symposium

Joseph Morales

GRIN Intern


On Jan 3, Education Forward held its annual Arizona Leadership Symposium for scholars, held in Phoenix. This Symposium allowed students to network, under the theme “You Have Everything to Gain.”


 A good portion of the attendees were representing Native American Communities, making up a little less than 100 students out of the 366 attending.


“We try our best to reach out to the Native American community members for exposure and catering to those rural areas,” stated Alexis Salter, a success advisor from San Carlos Apache Tribe.


The symposium featured many workshops, networking, and keynote opportunities for students to gain insight into various organizations.


“We are trying our best to continue reaching out to more Native American community members and school boards,” said AdviseAZ Project Coordinator Johnathon Moore.


This year’s Annual Symposium appeared to be a success for students across the state, especially those representing their Native American Communities.


Good news for students in the upcoming year, with Education Forward Arizona set to have roughly 30 spots available for Native American students to apply and receive the Freeport-McMoRan Native American College Scholarship and members of the Gila River Indian Community are eligible to apply.


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