Friday, October 14, 2005



Saturday, October 15, 2005

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Boricua Summit is to provide a forum by which Puerto Ricans residing in New Jersey can examine our present role in the New Jersey community and create a proactive agenda to improve our economic, educational, social/cultural, and political well-being.


8:30-9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast / Registration

Community Resources Fair

9:30-10:15 AM

Opening Plenary Session

Welcoming Remarks

National Anthems

Morning Speaker-

Assemblyman W. Caraballo

10:30-12:00 Noon

Morning Workshop Sessions

12:15-1:15 PM


Invited Keynote Speaker –

Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vila

Roll Call of NJ Puerto Rican Elected Officials

1:30-3:00 PM

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

3:00-6:00 PM

Invited NJ Gubernatorial Candidates

Plenary Session - Presentation of workshop recommendations

Closing Remarks


Morning session; 10:30-12:00 Noon

A) “You have the Power! Part 1”

This citizen empowerment training will present regular citizens with limited time and money strategies on how to gain real political power they can use to leverage change in their home towns.

B) “Keys to Personal Financial Success”

An introduction to Personal Financial planning, presenting key issues and strategies for managing your money and preparing for your future.

C) “Key Leadership Skills for Collegiate Level ”

Discussion of the key skills for enhancement during the collegiate years, and how linking goals of present and future leaders will ensure a legacy of rising Latino leadership figures.

D) “Your Health and Your Future”

This workshop will provide an overview of the heath status of Latinos in NJ and the USA, with a focus on Puerto Ricans.

E) “What you don’t know about Medicare and the Changes in 2006”

A review of the implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improve-ment, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and its effects on the community.

Afternoon session; 1:30-3:00 PM

F) “You Have the Power! Part 2“

Promote full electoral participation through voter education, mobilization and advocacy; and the development of Puerto Rican candidates.

G) “What you don’t know about the SBA -Small Business Administration”

Address strategies to grow your small business through better understanding of the SBA and its services.

H) “Embracing Conflict as a Leader”

For college students to explore: a) pride in ourselves & community, b) the misinformation learned about ourselves & our culture, and c) our roles in supporting each other as Leaders and supporting Latino leaders. Present steps toward building coalitions and dealing effectively with conflict.

I) “Mental Health and our Community” This workshop will provide an overview of mental health and mental illness as experienced and recognized by the Latino community, with a focus on Puerto Ricans

Registration Fee: Suggested
Donation – Adults $10
Students $5

Payment/checks should be made payable to FOCUS

For more information:

Phone: 973-824-6030

Fax: 973-824-6130

Or Email:

(Note: Any forms of payment/checks should

be made out to FOCUS)
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