Riverside – Riverside Superior Court Judge Otis Sterling III will be the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Young Men’s Conference. The event, sponsored by the Riverside Community Health Foundation, will be held at the Bourns Technology Center in Riverside, on Wednesday, April 25.
Judge Sterling has a compelling success story to share. He faced many obstacles during his upbringing; he grew up in a dysfunctional home, infiltrated with drugs, gangs and violence. Growing up, he was confronted with a series of choices much like many of the young men who will attend this year’s conference, yet he rose above the negativity that plagued his life and ultimately graduated from college and law school.
Sterling served many years as the Deputy District Attorney before he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the honorable position of Superior Court Judge. He was sworn in January 2012.
When commenting on the selection of Sterling to keynote this year’s event, Eileen Sanchez, Health Programs Coordinator for Riverside Community Health Foundation said, “His motivating life story exemplifies perseverance and will be a source of inspiration to the young men who attend this conference.”
Over 200 high school aged young men from the Alvord, Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts will participate in the one-day conference along with mentors, city council members and representatives from all three school districts.
During the conference, young men will have a chance to interact with successful businessmen, former athletes, law enforcement officials and politicians who once walked in their shoes. Multiple topics of interest are discussed in various break-out sessions along with presenters from diverse backgrounds who provide uplifting messages to encourage the future leaders of tomorrow.
This year’s tech-themed focus will also provide an opportunity for attendees to explore technology and the innovative career options that encompass this field. It will also provide the young men with the tools needed to realize and achieve their full potential. The workshops are expected to include a drone demonstration and hands-on involvement with displayed projects at the Bourns Technology Center.
Luis Medina, Assistant Principal at Norte Vista High School and Principal at Alvord Alternative Education Center, has chaperoned the Young Men’s Conference for over 10 years. He shared his sentiments about the conference stating, “Students can remember [this event] for the rest of their lives. I can attest to it; I’ve had graduate students visit and remind me just how positive and impactful this event was for them.”
Additional speakers at this year’s conference will include Mista Pat with Project TechXploration, Taj Eldridge, Director of ExCITE Riverside and resident entrepreneur and Gordon Bourns, Chairman and CEO of Bourns, Inc.
To learn more about the Riverside Community Health Foundation, visit www.rchf.org.