Last October, the University of California, Merced officially became a Splash chapter thanks to the help of Generation to Generation (G2G), a newly established club that was created Fall 2016. Executive Officers for G2G include: President Belean Beltran, Secretary Daisy Chavez, Financial Officer Mariela Arceo, Communications Officer Francisco Ortiz, Community Involvement Officer Juan Rosales, Parent Leader Flor Ortiz, Workshop Leader Olivia Alvarez, and Mentor Leader Yetzi Sanchez. Both the officers and the club members decided to take on the challenge of coordinating the first ever Splash Conference in the Central Valley that is set to take place  tomorrow, March 4th at UC Merced.

So what is Splash? Splash is a nationwide program that grants high school students the opportunity to both explore college campuses and experience classes taught by the local community. Participating students take conventional and unconventional subjects taught by community citizens, UC Merced undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced faculty and staff. The goal is to teach a workshop with subjects that lecturers  are passionate about and to inspire students, exciting them about college or a four-year university. Not only does this benefit the students, but also strengthens the bonds between the Merced community and the UC campus. So far Generation to Generation has received help and donations from local leaders of Merced, the Merced County of Education (MCOE), and the CalTeach program at the UC. This demonstrates  UC Merced’s significant outreach effort to the city of Merced and the eagerness to create a new generation of students from the Central Valley.

The conference will include workshops, a club rush during lunch in Scholars Lane, and a closing ceremony which will include performances from UC clubs and organizations. The goal of the event is meant to inspire the minds of many high school students through workshops and bring students into an environment where they can experience the life of an actual college student. I am sure that the Splash Conference will bring positive changes to not just the youth that are attending, but to the individuals volunteering and teaching.

Photo Credit: UC Merced Splash


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