College Prep Conference & College Fair

College Prep Conference & College Fair
ATTENTION: We are so grateful to the community for the outpouring of support as we aim to provide a true day-long college readiness experience supporting grades 8 – 12th. At this time, we are SOLD OUT and tickets are no longer available. We look forward to serving those unable to join us at the 2021 College Prep Conference & College Fair!

College Prep Conference & College Fair


Imagine 250 students and parents gathered in one place gaining a comprehensive understanding of the entire college readiness process – how to work hard in school, how to apply for admission, from learning how to seek scholarships, and apply for financial aid, to gaining tips on how to excel and graduate from college. This is exactly what the CLD Annual College Prep Conference & College Fair plans to provide.

In collaboration with college and university administrators, CLD will expose students and parents throughout the state of Indiana to the idea of college as an available option and to the many opportunities that a college education affords. Breakout sessions such as Your Character Closet: Choosing the Right Character, Competitive Edge to Earning Scholarship Money, MAJOR Decisions! Selecting a Purposeful Pathway and Helping Students Persist to Obtaining  College Degree, are just a few of the informative and interactive sessions that will be presented during this conference.

This conference will provide resources for youth and parents to help change behavior and values while guiding them to a self-directed path that will help them achieve in high school, enroll in and graduate from college, and gain employment in their career choice. Click here to review CLD’s COVID-19 safety precautions statement. 

What: 13th Annual College Prep Conference & College Fair
Who: the first 250 registrants from grades 8-12th and supportive adults; grade limits apply, see below for the tracks:

  • 8-9th Graders
  • 10-11th Graders
  • 12th Graders
  • 8th Grade supportive adults
  • 9-12th Grade supportive adults
When: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM , check-in begins at 9:15
Where: Indiana Convention Center – Sagamore Ballroom
Fee: $15 (includes lunch)
*NOTE: 8th graders MUST be accompanied by an adult 21 or older


Apply to Attend

Sponsor the Conference

Sold Out!  Closed




COVID-19 Safety Measures for the Upcoming College Prep Conference and College Fair

Dear College Prep Conference participants:

As Marion County continues to progress toward reopening, Center for Leadership Development (CLD) looks forward to welcoming 250 students, supportive adults, presenters and volunteers to the 13th Annual College Prep Conference and College Fair taking place on August 22, 2020 at the Indiana Convention Center.

The health and safety of our participants and staff remain our highest priority, and in the spirit of community, we commit to minimize any potential exposure by taking the following precautionary measures derived from Back on Track Indiana’s Guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Child Care Programs:

  1. Participation will be capped at the first 250 to register
  2. Limited tickets available for each grade
  3. Participants will remain in sessions while presenters rotate
  4. Session sizes will be limited
  5. Masks will be required for all participants, staff and presenters
  6. Boxed lunches will be provided

In addition, the Indiana Convention Center is hard at work to ensure the cleanliness of their facilities and developing new policies and procedures including:

  1. Built-in six-foot social distancing measures added to floor plans, seating areas and crowd management
  2. Limited and designated entries and exits
  3. One-way travel markers in hallways
  4. Additional hand sanitizing stations
  5. Hospital-grade air filters and 24/7 air circulation

Read the full statement from the Indiana Convention Center here:

We look forward to welcoming our students and families at this one-of-a-kind event; we have missed each and every one of our young future leaders!

IMPORTANT: COVID-19 is a new virus that spreads from person to person through contact and bodily fluids. It can cause illness as mild as the common cold and lead to complications as serious as death. Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine. If you or your child is sick or displaying symptoms* of being sick, such as a fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny or stuffy nose, headache, and/or muscle aches, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. INDIVIDUALS DISPLAYING SIGNS OF ILLNESS WILL BE EXCUSED FROM THE CONFERENCE FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL GUESTS.

*List of symptoms is not inclusive. You or your child may exhibit other symptoms of being sick not listed in this statement.