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FILE - Weber State University’s 23rd annual Multicultural Youth Conference, which involves hundreds of underrepresented students who want a head start on higher education, will take place Wednesday in the Shepherd Union Building.

OGDEN — Weber State University’s 23rd annual Multicultural Youth Conference, which involves hundreds of underrepresented students who want a head start on higher education, will take place Wednesday in the Shepherd Union Building.

More than 660 students in grades nine through 12 from Davis, Weber and Ogden school districts are registered for the daylong event.

Workshops will focus on skills needed for college success, including financial literacy and planning, completing scholarship applications, student leadership in college, cultural diversity and community involvement. Youth in attendance will have the chance to interact and ask questions of WSU faculty, staff and students.

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“First-generation, low-income or ethnic minority students can face unique barriers when it comes to education, often lacking knowledge about admissions, enrollment, FAFSA, scholarship options and other ways to pay for college,” Marissa Smith, college access and first-year transition specialist, said in a statement. “Young people need opportunities like this to develop skills and competences to not only help them access higher education, but also to help them find their place in the world beyond high school.”

WSU’s Office of Access & Diversity, in collaboration with many departments and academic programs across campus, hosts the annual event to empower students to be successful in college.