Union County Agenda Latina Plans Conference

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ELIZABETH – A social services, education and business nonprofit partnership within Union County will be hosting the Union County Agenda Latina conference Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Attendance is free.

The conference is intended to raise awareness among the residential, business and social services sectors of Union County about the challenges and strengths of the Latino community of Union County; the benefits this community offers the business sector; and how the social services sector can improve its outreach.


The conference will offer a cross-section of workshops covering:

  • Workforce Development: According to a study by the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, between 2000 and 2005 new immigrants accounted for two-thirds of the nation’s labor force growth and nearly 86 percent of the country’s net employment growth.
  • Education
  • Nutrition and Child Obesity
  • Health Care Reform
  • Parenting for First-Generation Americans
  • Facts and Implications of Immigration

The keynote speaker hosting the Facts and Implications of Immigration workshop is Janice Fine, assistant professor of labor studies and employment relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.  Fine is an expert on demographics on immigrants in New Jersey, especially with regard to labor force; immigrant political and economic incorporation; immigration reform; labor issues and wages; and labor market conditions.

To register, visit the conference web site at events.constantcontact….. For more information, contact Carlos Mercado at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County at 1-908-351-3344

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