Former Stockton Astronaut Inspires Youth at César Chávez Youth Leadership Conference

‘Dream big’: Former Stockton astronaut hopes to inspire youngsters to aim for the stars

Jose Hernandez spoke at the 20th Annual César Chávez Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday.



BRITAIN: AFTER TWO-HIAS, YOU NEARLY 2,000 STUDENTS ACROSS UC-DAVIS TAKEN THE AUDITUMRI FOR THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, THE EVENT IS USED TO GET CHILDREN TO THINK MORE ABOUT L ‘UNIVERSITY. LETICIA ORDAZ SHOWS AT THE USS HOW TODAY’S SPEAKER INSPIRES YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHOOT FOR THE STARS. >> I’M NOT GOING TO DO WHAT MY FATHER D FOR ME. I WILL GIVE YOU LICENSE TO DREAM, DREAM BIG. THE REPORTER: FROM FARM WORKER TO NASA ASTRONAUT, STOCKTON’S JOSE HERNANDEZ SHARED HIS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS WITH MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THIS FULL AUDITORIUM AT UC-DAVIS. >> I’M WEARING HERE IN TSHI ASTRONAUT COSTUME, BECAUSE IT WORKS AND IT MAY WORK FOR YOU TOO. THE REPORTER: HE SHARED THE STORY OF HOW NASA REJECTED HIM NOT ONCE, BUT 11 TIMES DURING HIS TRIP TO SPACE. AND IT WAS JUST THE 12TH TIME HE TOOK FLIGHT ON THE DISCOVERY SPACE SHUTTLE. >> IT’S OK TO DREAM BIG, AS LONG AS YOU’RE WILLING TO PUT IN THE WORK TO MAKE THAT DREAM INTO REALITY. AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO TEACH THE CHILDREN HERE TODAY. >>The Reporter: FOR THE CESAR CHAVEZ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, ORGANIZERS COORDINATED A MASVESI EFFORT TO BRING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES TO THE FERE EVENT AT UC-DAVIS. IT TOOK 40 BUSES TO BRING 1200 STUDENTS FROM 25 SCHOOL NEIGHBORHOODS. HERNANDEZ SAID KGIDS’ CONTRIBUTION TO SETTING FOOT ON A CAMSPU COLLEGE IS TRANSFORMATIONAL. >> THEY MAKE THIS SAID JUMP, WHAT IF I WAS HERE? I AM HERE PHYSICALLY ALREADY SO WHY CAN’T I BE A STUDENT HERE SO IT ALLOWS THEM TO BIEVEEL THAT IT EXPOSES THEM TO A SETTI UNIVERSITY ANGND SAY HEY THIS IS NOT SOMETHING IMPOSSIE.BL I CAN DO THIS. LOOK AT ALL THESE CHILDREN O, LOOK AT JOSE, WHO WAS A FARMWORKER AND BECAME AN ASTRONAUT, SO IF HE CAN DO IT, WHY CAN’T I. STEM PROGRAMS, FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE. >> SO IT’S BOTH AUTOMATIC INSPIRATION AND INFORMATION. FOR YOU TO KNOW, BARRIERS HINDER STUNT WAYS. >>> THIS SEVENTH SCHOOLMAN SAYS THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY HE WILL NEVER FORGET. >> YOU HAVE EVERYTHING HARD TO GET ANYWHERE IF IN LIFE AND YOU CAN STILL PERSEVERE EVEN IF YOU START IN A DIFFERENT POSITION. >> The journalist: LETICIA ORDAZ, KCRA 3 NEWS. GULSTAN: BRITTANY: THIS IS WHY REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT. FORMER ASTRONAUT JOSE HERNANDEZ HAS BEEN NAMED RECENYTL REGENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. HE SAYS HE HOPE TO EXPAND HIS ROLE

‘Dream big’: Former Stockton astronaut hopes to inspire youngsters to aim for the stars

Jose Hernandez spoke at the 20th Annual César Chávez Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday.

After a two-year hiatus, thousands of students from across the region gathered on the UC Davis campus on Saturday for the 20th annual César Chávez Youth Leadership Lecture. The event aims to inspire more young people to start thinking about college. Stockton’s Jose Hernandez has been rejected by NASA 11 times, but he said the 12th time he was finally assigned to crew the Space Shuttle mission STS-128. “It’s okay to dream big as long as you’re willing to work to make that dream a reality and that’s what we’re trying to teach the kids here today,” the former astronaut said. Students had the chance to attend over 25 workshops on college admissions, STEM programs, financial aid, scholarships and more. Learn more in the video player above.

After a two-year hiatus, thousands of students from across the region gathered on the UC Davis campus on Saturday for the 20th annual César Chávez Youth Leadership Lecture.

The event aims to inspire more young people to start thinking about college.

Stockton’s Jose Hernandez has been rejected by NASA 11 times, but he said the 12th time he was finally assigned to crew the Space Shuttle mission STS-128.

“It’s okay to dream big as long as you’re willing to work to make that dream a reality and that’s what we’re trying to teach the kids here today,” the former astronaut said.

Students had the chance to attend over 25 workshops on college admissions, STEM programs, financial aid, scholarships and more.

Learn more in the video player above.

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