The Somos El Futuro ("We are the Future") Conference

New York State Assemblyman Philip Ramos, the Long Island Elected Officials Association and the Long Island Hispanic Coalition are hosting this year's Long Island "Somos el Futuro" Conference, Friday, August 29 – Saturday, August 30, 2008.

The "Somos el Futuro" Conference is an annual legislative gathering focused on addressing the needs and challenges of the growing Latino community on Long Island.

A goal of the conference is to increase the participation of Latinos in the public policy making progress and develop local and state legislative initiatives that address issues of concern for Long Islanders.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, New York 11788. For general information and registration, please call 212-233-8955.

Here's the program:


Seniors Luncheon (Noon - 2:00 p.m.)
Community Forum (2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.)
o Don't Mess with our Telenovelas: Preparing for the Transition to Digital Television

Chairman's Welcome Reception (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)


Breakfast Plenary (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
Morning Legislative Sessions (10:30 a.m. - Noon)
o Nurturing Wellness: Meeting the Health Needs of Hispanics
o ¡Si, Se Puede!: Increasing Hispanic College Enrollment and Retention
o It's Our Time: Leadership and Voter Mobilization

SOMOS Luncheon (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Afternoon Legislative Sessions (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

o Turning the Corner: How We Can Work to Diminish Tensions and Promote Greater Inter-Ethnic Dialogue
o Protecting the American Dream: Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis and Strengthening Latino Ownership
o Helping Latino Children Succeed: A Comprehensive, Community Model for Youth and Family Development

Gala VIP Reception (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Dinner Gala (7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
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