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Lasso Your Leadership at the 2024 National VISION Conference!

Are you a student leader entering grades 8-12 or an advisor with a desire to meet and network with other leaders and advisors just like you from across the United States?

Would you like to be inspired by incredible national youth speakers, elevate your leadership skills, make a difference through hands-on community service, and share ideas and projects—as you focus your vision on the future and your role as leaders in a rapidly-changing world?

Make plans now to Lasso Your Leadership in the Wild, Wild Westat the 2024 VISION National Student Leadership Conference, June 21-23 at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico, just outside Albuquerque!

Hosted by the Associated Students of Rio Rancho High School and the New Mexico Association of Student Councils.

student leaders arriving at the 2023 conference

Welcoming student leaders to the 2023 National VISION conference in Illinois

Conference registration is $200/person and includes conference materials, t-shirt, and most meals. Participants are responsible for transportation to/from the Albuquerque area, hotel accommodations, and any optional pre/post conference activities/excursions. During the conference, Rio Rancho High School will provide bus transportation between official conference hotels and RRHS; any delegation that chooses to stay somewhere other than a conference hotel will be responsible for their own transportation.

Conference

Highlights

National Speakers

Get inspired by some of America’s most engaging youth speakers and leadership experts including A’ric Jackson, Dr. Jim Cain, Juan Bendaña, and Lilyan Prado-Carrillo!

Professional Learning for Advisors

Learn tips and strategies to enhance your program!

State Officers’ Summit

An advanced leadership experience specially tooled for your state executive team!

Leadership Sessions

Participate in hands-on leadership sessions that will elevate your skills and take your councils, your organizations and your schools to the next level!

National Networking

Connect and share with student leaders and advisors from across the United States! There will also be opportunities for pin and t-shirt trading!

Optional Pre-Conference Mixer + Cultural Experience

The night before the conference begins, enjoy mixer activities, dinner, New Mexico cultural entertainment and a rodeo! (additional cost)

Schedule At-A-Glance

Thursday, June 20, 2024

  • Optional pre-conference mixer activity (mixers, dinner, New Mexico cultural entertainment, rodeo; $50 additional cost/person)

Friday, June 21, 2024 (8am – 9pm)

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Posses (Councils)
  • Advisor Workshop
  • Hall of Ideas (project sharing)
  • Student Workshop Rotations

Saturday, June 22, 2024 (8am – 9pm)

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Advisor Tribute
  • Posses (Councils)
  • NASSCED Summer Meeting
  • Advisor Workshop
  • Student Workshop Rotations
  • Service Project
  • VISIONxNM

Sunday, June 23, 2024 (8am – 11am)

  • Swag Swap
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Conference-in-Review video
  • Preview of VISION 2025

2024 Confirmed Speakers

A’ric Jackson

Friday, June 21

For well over a decade, people have allowed themselves to be inspired and motivated by the words of Mr. Aric Jackson. His mission is to Teach, Inspire, and Encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. What began as passionate poetry designed to uplift the spirit has turned into the pursuit of effecting attitudes and changing conventional thought. A charismatic and genuinely heartfelt communicator, Aric truly electrifies an audience.

After realizing how effected his audiences were by the poetry he would share, Aric began to feel the tug of moving to the next level with his words. Watching him speak on stage helps you realize why he is such a unique and gifted orator. For it takes a genuine speaker to present information with shared experience, passion to research a topic much deeper, and to share that information with the audience using skills that will make it a memorable and exciting experience for all.

A'ric Jackson

Dr. Jim Cain

Saturday, June 22

Dr. Jim Cain is the author of 16 team and community building texts, including the classic Teamwork & Teamplay, A Teachable Moment, Find Something To Do! and his latest book, 100 Activities that Build Unity, Community & Connection. He is also the creator of the innovative T&T Training Cards.

He has traveled to all 50 states and 31 countries (so far), sharing his knowledge on subjects ranging from teamwork and leadership to creative problem solving and trust building. His train-the-trainer programs are legendary and his conference keynotes/playnotes are active, engaging and tremendously fun.  Learn More

Dr. Jim Cain

Juan Bendaña

Saturday, June 22

Confidence is the #1 skillset for leaders to thrive in this new world. With over 80% of the population identifying with having low self-confidence, the stakes have never been higher to learn the core skills of building lasting confidence & engagement.

Keynote speaker Juan Bendaña helps leaders turn doubt into confidence and burnout into energy through an engaging and science-backed keynote experience. As a keynote speaker and leadership expert, Juan Bendaña will use humour, engaging stories and proven strategies to help your audience feel energized & inspired, and provide them with the confidence tools to thrive in work and life.

Juan Bendana

Lilyan Prado-Carrillo

Sunday, June 23

Lilyan Prado Carrillo is a professional speaker, a facilitator, and a financial aid specialist. The former Spokesperson for the Sallie Mae Fund’s 2006 National Bus Tour continues to travels around the country sharing her personal story with students, parents, teachers and administrators in order to inspire and promote the belief that higher education is accessible for everyone.

Lilyan was a first generation high school graduate, first generation college graduate and has overcome many obstacles including immigrating to this country, growing up in a single parent low income home, and battling stereotypes set for young hispanic girls. Her life mission is to inspire, prepare, motivate, and develop educated, healthy, and happy young men and women across the country. 

Lilyan Prado-Carrillo