:: Thursday, August 15, 2002 ::

Young Latino Leaders Summit. Now here's a conference I would love to attend. Unfortunately, it comes at a bad time for me -- Sept. 3-7, right at the beginning of a busy semester -- and is too far away -- Anaheim, California, USA. Rudy Carrasco of Urban Onramps is one of the partners for the conference, and I'd love to meet this man sometime. From what I've read, he's doing some great work with young people in urban areas.

From the site: Who will step up to lead the Latino church of the future? Who will plant innovative churches to lead the 2nd and 3rd generation Latino? It's a question that needs to be asked here in the Midwest, as well as in the Southwest. In Missouri, the fastest-growing ethnic group is the Latino population. According to this summary from the 2000 Census:

Missouri's Hispanic population grew by a staggering 92.2% from 61,698 in 1990 to 118,592 in 2000. In contrast, Missouri's total population grew by 9.3% from just over 5.1 million in 1990 to slightly under 5.6 million in 2000. Sullivan (2,164%), McDonald (1,577%), and Barry (1,027%) counties reported enormous percent increases since 1990 in Hispanic population due to expanding employment opportunities. Jackson County reported the largest increase in persons - 16,272, an 86.1% increase; followed by St. Louis county with 4,766, a 48.6% increase; and Clay county with 3,055, an 86.3% increase. Fifty-six of Missouri's 114 counties reported percentage increases from 1990 of over 100%.

:: Andrew 07:56 + ::

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