AUSTIN, TX – Ten years ago when Latinitas began as the first and still only digital magazine made for and by young Latinas, trends pointed to a publishing world that was going entirely digital. A decade later, a majority of Hispanic girls are still struggling for internet and technology access, still wedged in a digital divide because of cost and lack of bilingual content.
Understanding bicultural and bilingual print media is as relevant as ever for Latina youth, Latinitas launched its first Kickstarter campaign ending Oct 26th to cover costs of publishing its magazine in its first “slick” edition. Backers will receive an actual copy and other Austin or El Paso, TX centric prizes, where Latinitas Magazine and outreach is based. The current issue is focused on Latina health and wellness and will be 16 pages long.
Established in 2002, Latinitas, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology, has been a vital part of young Latinas’ lives through after school programs, teen internships, Saturday and Summer camps, special events, and the very first digital magazine for young Latinas—www.latinitasmagazine.org. The bilingual magazine, written for and by young Latinas, provides a vehicle whereby these girls and young women not only see themselves positively reflected, but are also a part of the production. Latinitas programs have served more than 20,000 girls and teens with empowering lessons about culture, identity and media expression. Latinitasmagazine.org has published over 1500 articles for and by girls and hosts its own social media network: MyLatinitas.com with 1,000 registered users.
The magazine will be distributed overall to public and high school libraries in Latino-dominant cities in Texas such as Austin, El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio and New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
Donate to the campaign here: http://kck.st/1eJH4yn