Upcoming Events

Latinitas’ Free Saturday Camps
Video Divas
Sat., May 21, 10:30am-noon
St. John’s Branch of Austin Public Library
7500 Blessing Ave, Austin 78753
Any girl in grades 3-8 can sign up for a lesson in fun video production. Cameras provided.
Reserve a spot at austin@latinitasmagazine.org or call 512.447.4440 x137.
Meet in meeting room A in library.

Latinitas Latina Icons Fashion Show and Student Showcase
Fri., May 20, 7-9 pm
Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St.
Club Latinitas culmination event. Free.

Fotos de mi Alma Photography Auction and Exhibit Benefitting Latinitas
Thurs, June 9, 6:30-9pm
Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St.
$15 in advance/$20

Teen Latina Fest Media Arts Event Gives Latina Youth a Voice

WHAT: Teen Latinitas Fest: Multimedia Workshops

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

WHERE: KOI Studios, 501 Texas Ave.

WHO: In a partnership with KOI Studio Productions, Latinitas will be hosting Teen Latinitas Fest, an all-day conference geared towards teen girls ages 13 and above.

WHY: Teen Latinitas Fest is aimed at empowering girls to express themselves through a series of hands-on workshops on photography, graphic design, audio production, film-making and poetry. KOI Studio Productions staff and Latinitas volunteers will train girls how to use their own experiences and digital technology to create media, while helping girls build their self-esteem and cultural pride.

COST: The full day camp is free. Girls are asked to bring a sack lunch.

REGISTER: To register for the workshops email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org or call (915)239-5051.

ABOUT KOI STUDIO PRODUCTIONS:
KOI Studio Productions is a proud presenter of this year’s Teen Latinitas Fest. The studio helps provides promotional services such as photography, graphic design, brand identity, web design, social network marketing and writing assistance. As a media outlet, we are honored to provide instruction in photography, graphic design, creative writing and other variations of creative expressions. KOI Studios will provide a playground for the girls’ imaginations, with the sole intention of instilling confidence in self-expression and artistic potential. For more information, visit www.koistudioproductions.com.

Su Voz Latina Hosts Charity Winter Wonderland Fashion Show

WHAT: Winter Wonderland Fashion Show

WHEN: December 10, 2010 ( 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. )

WHERE: Camino Real Hotel
101 South El Paso St, El Paso, TX. 79901

WHO: Winter Wonderland is presented by Su Voz Latina Magazine to benefit Latinitas.

WHY: Su Voz Latina Magazine celebrates its first year in print! The public is invited to celebrate with us by attending our Winter Wonderland Fashion Show. Guests will enjoy a fashion show and lunch, listen to an inspirational guest speaker, and have the opportunity to shop from local boutiques and shops. Proceeds from the event will support Latinitas, an organization that empowers Latina youth to build confidence through creative multimedia expression.

COST: Single tickets cost $25 and includes lunch and fashion show, while a table of 10 costs $250. Vendor space is available at $250 per exhibitor booth (which includes 2 tickets for the fashion show). Individual tickets and tables can be purchased online at http://www.suvozlatina.com. To purchase a booth call 915.239.5051 or email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information about Su Voz Latina Magazine and the Winter Wonderland Fashion Show Fundraiser you can call call 915.351.0921 or visit: http://www.suvozlatina.com. To learn more about Latinitas, call 915.239.5051, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org

Latinitas help Latina Teens become Leaders and Agents of Change

El Paso, TX- To inspire the next generation of Latina leaders, Latinitas will host a leadership institute where Latina teens can learn how to develop their leadership skills while helping their community. Latinitas will kick off a Teen Leadership Institute on January 29, 2011, at the Main Public Library from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The kickoff ceremony will consist of a full day conference where teenage high school girls will discover how their abilities and strengths can make a difference in the community. The program requires that all participants attend monthly meetings to learn about various leadership methods, decision making skills, goal setting, public speaking, civic engagement and volunteerism. Participants are asked to organize two community events and to complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours. As part of the program, the teens are able to meet local Latina leaders who will give presentations to the girls on a variety of issues. Upon successful completion of the program, the teens will celebrate their accomplishments in a graduation ceremony to be held in May.

Latinitas launched the Teen Leadership Institute in reaction to the growing number of teenage Latina girls who are more likely to be at risk of dropping out of high school, getting pregnant, and committing suicide. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 4.8 percent of Latina girls between the ages of 15-19 gave birth to a child in 2008 as compared to only 1.7 percent of Anglo girls in the same age range. Through after-school programs, camps, conferences and internships, Latinitas aims to transform these kind of figures.

“Through the Teen Leadership Institute, Latinitas hopes to empower and encourage girls to challenge themselves to reverse these negative trends,” said Alicia Rascon, Executive Director of Latinitas. “We want Latina teenagers to discover their own strengths and develop their leadership skills all while actively engaging themselves in the community.”

Rascon brought Latinitas to the El Paso community from Austin, TX in 2008. Since then, Latinitas has hosted after-school programs, offered summer camps and provided empowerment workshops where young Latinas can build confidence, discover their voice, develop cultural pride, and learn about creative self-expression. Latinitas has also recruited and motivated young teenage girls to express themselves through their online magazine, www.LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for U.S. Latina youth.

Latinitas is currently accepting applications from Latinas in grades 9-12 interested in enrolling in the Teen Leadership Institute and attending the kick off event. The deadline to apply is October 18th. For more information on enrolling contact Alicia Rascon at (915)239.5051 or at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

 

Arte: Reseña Teatral: Obra de teatro del día “V”

Escrito por Por las reporteras juveniles de Latinitas
Traducido por Joy Díaz

Veamos, ¿puedes decir que amas tu vagina?, ¿escribes acerca de ella en tu diario y hablas de ella con tus amigas? Si respondiste que no, entonces quizá no has visto la obra de teatro “Los Monólogos de la Vagina. Todos los años, algunas escuelas y comunidades producen la obra de Eve Ensler para crear conciencia de la violencia contra la mujer y para que uno piense en su propia vagina. Este evento normalmente se hace alrededor del Día de San Valentín.

La obra consiste en varios monólogos (actuaciones de una sola persona) que hablan acerca de lo que otras mujeres piensan sobre su cuerpo, y revela las batallas personales que libramos las mujeres y las jóvenes. Otro aspecto que explora la obra son temas de los que normalmente no hablamos en público. Estos confrontan situaciones que enfrentan las mujeres como el lidiar con la imagen de su cuerpo, el trato en las relaciones personales, en los conflictos raciales, la violación y la violencia doméstica. La obra combina algunas historias chistosas y otras tristes con el fin de educar a millones de personas sobre la terrible realidad de la violencia hacia niñas y mujeres.

Desde el año de1998, Los Monólogos de la Vagina recauda fondos para grupos anti-violencia en comunidades del lugar y para asuntos actuales de las mujeres. Se han convertido en un movimiento a nivel nacional para ponerle un alto a la violencia contra muchas niñas y mujeres. Todos los años, Eve Ensler, la escritora, escoge un proyecto específico al que dona el 10 por ciento de los ingresos de la obra, el 90 por ciento restante lo dirige a organizaciones locales. En 2004, su enfoque fue “Las Mujeres Desaparecidas y Asesinadas en Juárez”. – Por Verónica Castill y Hannah Otis.

Ver “Los Monólogos de la Vagina” fue una experiencia diferente y agradable. Me gustó el desarrollo de la obra y cómo me hizo sentir emociones diferentes. Primero me moría de la risa y después me llenaba de una tristeza inmensa. ¡Fue una experiencia fascinante!

– Michelle Ortiz

A mí la historia y la obra en general me enseñaron que nadie tiene el derecho de forzarme a hacer algo que no estoy preparada para hacer. Ni nadie puede forzarme a hacer algo que no quiera que pase.

– Jennifer Grijalva

Se me hizo padre ver la obra. Muchas chicas nos preocupamos por nuestra “V”. Pero fue divertido oír los diversos temas que trataron las actrices. Fue entretenida y me gustó que la obra tratara el tema abiertamente. Creo que si más gente viera la obra, se sentirían más cómodos consigo mismos y tendrían una autoestima mayor.

– Krystella Rangel

Para más información visita el sitio de Internet www.vday.org

Marzo 2006

Big Sis: Elizabeth Gonzalez

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Name: Elizabeth Gonzalez
Age: 17
Cultural Background: Hispanic
Grade: High School Junior

What is your favorite subject?
Well, I love English. For college, I am between law and communications, but its something that I love doing in my own time and know I will make an impact.

What are some of your classes?
I’m in an early college program. I have taken communication courses: photojournalism, film, mass media and society, publications and intro to electronic media.

Describe a typical day as a high school student.
My typical day is a combination of a high school and college classes. I usually have meetings for student council after school and National English Honor Society. I do event planning with the officers and sponsor and am running back in forth to the office and around campus, dealing with classes as well.

What is the most challenging part of school?
For me, taking high school classes at the same time and being involved in organizations clash with each other.

What is your favorite part of school?
My favorite part is the independent part, somehow in high school I would get trouble with administration over trying to get classes. But once I enter college I will be able to organize my schedule.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t in school?
I usually spend time with my family, go to the movies. I like to read and do art projects.

What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
I am Secretary for Student Council, President of NEHS, a member of Mayors 100 Teens, and write for the Tejano Tribune newspaper

What volunteer or community service experience do you have?
I have volunteered with Latinitas and helped at afterschool programs. I’ve volunteered with the environmental club in school: animal shelter, La Posada home, etc.

What made you decide to go to college?
I am still in high school, but I am going to college once I graduate. I want to really do something I love, and education has always been my focus.

How are you preparing for college?
I try to set high goals for myself. Currently, I’m attending the Valle Verde Early College High School Program. It has prepared me to challenge myself in taking all these courses and I am in the Dean’s List.

What are your long-term goals for the next 5 to 10 years?
I hope to attend one of my dream schools that fall under Ivy Leagues. Whatever major I choose, I plan to write for the paper and go to grad school. Whatever path I choose, I know I will be making a difference as being a Latinia and hope to be an influential role model.

What advice would you give to younger girls?
I would recommend that you realize that you choose your own fate. Whatever circumstance you are in, everyone has a choice. Education is really important to achieving your goals and should do something you love.

July 2010

Tennis Player Gigi Fernandez

Gigi Fernandez is an Olympic medalist, a tennis player, a youth fitness activist, a mother and an entrepreneur. Latinitas members talk about how Gigi Fernandez serves as a leader off and on the tennis court.

“Gigi Fernandez was born on February 22, 1964 in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a professional tennis player, the first female in Puerto Rico to turn professional. Gigi won 17 grand slam doubles titles and also won 2 Olympic gold medals. She has been a tennis coach and entrepreneur.”
-By Adriana

“Gigi was born on February 22, 1964. She started playing tennis when she was 3. Her real name is Beatriz and her nickname is GIgi. She is pretty and awesome. She won 17 grand slams. She has 2 twins and they are girls.”
-By Katya

“Gigi Fernandez is an icon for all Latina girls and women because she is the first female from Puerto Rico to turn into a professional athlete. And also the first female to win an Olympic medal and the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the International Tennis hall of fame. Fernandez won 17 grand small doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals representing the United States, and reached the World No. 1 ranking in women’s doubles. She reached a career high singles ranking of 17 in 1991. Since retiring from the professional tour in 1997at the age of 33, Fernandez has been a tennis coach and entrepreneur. “
-By Esperanza

“Gigi Fernandez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She started playing tennis at 3 years old. She went to Clemson University. She became a professional tennis player. She became the first Puerto Rican girl to become a professional. She won 17 grand slams and 2 Olympic gold medals. Gigi retired in 1997. On April 7, 2009, she had 2 kids and became a mom. Her kids are named Madison and Karson. She is now a youth fitness advocate. She now lives happy with her two twins.”
-By Natalie

June 2011

Girl Diary: A Day In My Life

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Hello! My name is Cynthia Cervantes and I am 12-years-old. I am a seventh grader in California, and my favorite subjects are history and math. In my spare time, I like reading, watching TV and playing school with my little sisters.

My experience with scleroderma began more than a year ago when I suddenly would get weak, my body ached, and my vision was getting worse. Some days it was hard to get out of bed. My feet got so swollen that calcium would ooze out. That is when my parents took me to the doctor.

It took the doctors awhile to figure out what was wrong with me, but last October they determined that I had scleroderma. I was really surprised at first because I did not know what scleroderma was. All that time, I thought my symptoms were related to a flu that would not go away or maybe from playing in the dirt too much. I felt sad because I was told I would have to wear gloves all the time and my finger tips began to hurt.

My life since then has changed. I can no longer eat foods I used to eat. I also had to change from drinking regular milk to soy milk, which I do not like very much. Basketball is one of my favorite sports to play, but because I get tired it is harder to keep up with the other kids.

A day in my life is very busy. I wake up early to take my medications and get ready for school. After school, I have to eat again and take more medicine. I take even more medicine before bed. On Saturdays, I have to drink this yucky vegetable juice because of my scleroderma. My mom says I have to drink it because it helps with my medicine.

Living with scleroderma can feel strange at times because I am the only one who has to wear gloves and a jacket, even on a hot day. My bed is angled because it helps me to digest my food better. Every month, I have to see the doctor and get more shots, which I do not like. Luckily, the doctors and nurses who treat me are really nice and funny.

August 2008

Bring your daughter to work day, everyday!

Take Our Daughters (and now sons) Day has passed (April 28), but there is a group of young Hispanics who work with mom everyday – assisting with or learning how their mamis make an income.

Mia Azul, a 7 year old first grader, interns at her mom’s studio at home. Unlike the traditional experience of Take Our Daughters to Work Day (April 23, 2009 and now including boys), when daughters would be dragged to her mom’s workplace and possibly forced to do some tedious stapling or copying, Mia Azul gets excited to “go to work” with her mom. Even though it is just another room in her house.

“It is interesting and fun.” says Mia. Mia’s mom, Evelyn Escamilla, is an artist, graphic designer and founder of Avocado Street Designs. She designs magazines, posters, and shirts and is a photographer, also.

Mia used to work with her mom all the time in Chicago, IL before they moved to Austin,TX and she started school, “Now, I work with my mom whenever she needs my help and I’m not in school. I like to do my homework in the studio and watch what she is doing on the computer. My brother Diego and I have to be extra quiet when a business call comes in.” Her mom mostly works at home in the studio and sometimes she gets to go out and see clients or goes on photo shoots.

Some of the things Mia has learned from watching her mom are how to use a computer, how to set up a photo shoot and go over a checklist, how to use only four colors and make up a rainbow of options, and how to print.

“It is a good opportunity to learn about art. Kids love to be artistic and watching my mom create helps me learn how to do it myself.” she says.

Mia loves art and sometimes when her mom gets a call from a satisfied client or when her mom designs something she likes, “She (her mom) dances around.” Mia feels influenced by her mom and is considering a profession in graphic design, just like her mom, or is thinking about becoming a veterinarian.

May 2009

Career Spotlight: Angela Sustaita, Klothes Lime Boutique Owner

Angela Sustaita is the owner of Klothes Lime Buy-Sell-Trade in El Paso, Texas. The resale boutique sells fashionable secondhand clothing for women and men. The concept is used to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Customers can bring in their items that are just hanging in their closet and trade them for a stylish outfit or buy a resale item. With a commitment to helping the community, the boutique sells accessories created by local artists and hosts charity days sharing proceeds with area nonprofits.

What are some of your job responsibilities?
As the owner of Klothes Lime, my responsibilities range from managing the finances of the business to ensuring the restrooms are clean. Klothes Lime is less than a year old and currently has no employees. However, I have been blessed with family and friends who have pitched in their time to assist with duties at the store. As the owner I am responsible for the following: marketing, accounting, appearance of the store, inventory and merchandising and forming partnerships throughout the community.

How did you get started in your career?
I earned a Bachelors in Finance and an Masters in Business Administration from UTEP. I was blessed to begin a career in the nonprofit community. This is when I realized that the primary need for most nonprofits is support, whether it be monetary or support from their community. I decided that I could open a business, work for myself and continue to contribute to the nonprofit community. I knew I wanted to own a business, but the question was what? One day I was shopping a thrift store and I remembered the joy that I got from shopping at Buffalo Exchange in Las Vegas. This is where I found an opportunity, since we did not have a place to trade clothing in my hometown. Aside from the love of shopping for cool things at a low cost, it would promote reducing, reusing and recycling. I want Klothes Lime to be more than just a thrift store to people. I want them to consider our location as a shared closet amongst friends. I am selective of the items that come in, and I plan to keep prices low. My ideal customer is someone who wants to look good but is also financially responsible.

What did you do to prepare for this career?
The first step was to draft a business plan, which is the road map when opening a business. To compile the business plan, I had to research every aspect of the business. From location, beginning inventory, fixtures and equipment, name, logo, financial projections and competition. Once the business plan was complete I was able to apply of a business loan. After that it was a little hard work and a lot of support from people around me.

What is your favorite part of your career?
My absolute favorite thing about the store is when people are shopping and I hear them tell their friends how cute something is and how cheap it is too! I love meeting new people everyday and the relationships that are formed with the customers.

What is the most challenging part of your career?
Money. It is difficult when there are so many things you would like to do, but you are restrained by the lack of funds. Everything takes time to flourish and patience is key.

What advice would you give to help a girl prepare for a career in the culinary world?
Take care of yourself before anyone. Save your money, take care of your credit and invest wisely. Your possibilities are endless. Do well in school and take advantage of programs that are offered to you and apply for scholarships. These are all things that I neglected to do and am paying for now.

What do you do for fun when you are not working?
Spending time with my 3-year-old son. I take Eli to the library and museums on my days off. I enjoy yoga, hiking and great food. I love watching movies and relaxing.

What websites do you recommend?
NPR.org because it is informative and unbiased. It helps me to stay informed in world news as well as great music and book finds.

April 2011