More than 400 students from across the state will participate in an educational conference sponsored by the Latino/Latina Educational Achievement Project (LEAP), that starts Thursday Feb. 26 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma and ends Saturday Feb. 28.
The event will include a keynote address by state Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu on Thursday. On Friday, attendees will travel to Olympia for legislative day and will hear from a representative of Gov. Jay Inslee’s office and several state legislators. On Saturday, educational workshops are planned.
LEAP’s top legislative policy priority is to enable undocumented students to be eligible for the College Bound Scholarship, a state program that guarantees qualifying students full-tuition scholarships for four years. To be eligible, students must be from low-income families, and must sign a pledge while in middle school to graduate from high school with a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and not commit any felonies.