Kennedy Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

What I liked most about leading my club at the Kennedy Community, was being able to interact with girls on a personal level while teaching them about topics that really matter and watching their interests grow and minds work. In the clubs we mostly wrote, drew, and took pictures that dealt with meaningful topics such as college, healthy relationships, body image, photography and women in history. They learned topics through discussion and asked questions along with participating in the activities. My favorite activity was in the body image lesson plan where the girls got to create their own magazine cover and write down what makes them beautiful. My favorite memory was during the Magazine cover shoot at the Kennedy housing authority where I was able to help the girls realize that what they do for their families, and who they are as a girl makes them beautiful. I think the girls learned a lot about what’s going on in the world outside of school, and are able to decide where they stand on different topics, which benefits them greatly. I also believe that the clubs give them an alternative to watching TV or getting into fights, for at least one day out of the week. As a club leader, I learned how different girls are, but also how outspoken and genuine they can be while their still growing up. Being a club leader reminded me of where I came from and the difficulties and the joy that comes with being a young Latina.

 

Johnson Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

I learned a good deal while volunteering at the Johnson Public Housing Authority Center during the spring of 2013. What I liked the most about leading this club was talking to the girls about their problems and being able to help them solve them in a constructive way. I also liked it when the girls would offer their opinion on what should or could be done in that situation. We did one photo and video exercise, some games, made Mother’s Day cards and played some games. We thought of ways to help one another’s problems including, but not limited to, spotting signs of an unhealthy relationship, how to better communicate to others, and how to improve relationships. My favorite activity was when they went around their neighborhood and picked up trash as volunteers during the Global Youth Service Day. The girls split into two teams and literally ran with the activity. It was crazy to see them be so excited about it. I can’t say that I really have a single favorite memory, but every time I went to the club the girls always said or did something that would make me laugh or something that would tell me that by being here, it was doing them some good. At our last meeting, Elizabeth (the volunteer who mentored the girls with me) and I, asked the girls what they had learned, liked, or disliked about the club meetings. Most of the girls said that they liked the club because they got to meet new people and learn new things. When pressed on what those new things were, the younger girls just said, “lots of stuff.” The older girls said that they learned how to better handle sticky situations, how to control their anger, and how to better talk to people about what they feel. I think the club greatly benefited the girls, I think it not only taught them social skills, but also that people care about them and want to help them. As a club leader, I learned a whole different aspect of being involved with young people. It was not too long ago that I was their age and living in the same kind of situations. If my youth leaders and friends had not been there for me, I could see my life taking a much darker turn at that point in my life. -Desiraie Murillo

Irving Schwartz Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

Being a club leader at Irving Schwartz Public Library for the spring 2013 semester was an amazing experience. The girls at the club brightened my Fridays because of their energy and charisma. At the club, we did different activities and we learned about different topics such as fitness and Global Youth Service Day. Our club collected books to donate to the library for Global Youth Service Day and the girls collected about 20 books. I have many wonderful memories with the girls. We became friends, they shared their experiences from their school with me. I could see them become more confident as every week passed by. The girls learned the importance of embracing their Latina culture.

I think that the club benefits the girls by providing a place where they can meet other girls that share their same culture and where they feel accepted. I am happy that I influenced these girls’ lives in a positive way and hopefully they will do the same in the future. As a club leader, I learned that these girls need to be empowered because there is a lot of information that their school does not provide them with. -Jessica Salcedo

Tays Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

This semester I lead a club at Tays Housing Community. I enjoyed leading this group because the girls were inventive and playful. Our group completed a photography lesson where they learned how to take better photos, a healthy body image lesson where they designed empowering posters and a public service announcement video, and celebrated Women’s History month by drawing inspirational women.

My favorite activity has to be the healthy friendship lesson where the girls talked about their friendship issues and wrote advice columns. It was interesting to hear the problems they had faced and what they had done to try to solve these problems. My favorite memory was participating in a field trip to the orange and blue day at UTEP and seeing them enjoy the trip.

The girls learned the importance of having an education and confidence. The club will help them become leaders and not followers; it also exposes them to different topics that they would not get into at school. As a club leader, I have learned to become a stronger leader myself.    -By Bianca Castrejon

 

Esperanza Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

I lead girls at the Esperanza Acosta Moreno Public Library, I enjoyed leading these girls because they were always up for the activity for the day. I always liked to start off with an icebreaker and they enjoyed playing these activities and asked to play telephone. We have done video public service announcements about the topic of body image, they took the best photographs when we did the photography lesson, and they created posters related to college, and wrote about a famous SHEro for Women’s History Month. My favorite memory has to be the day they wanted to make a Harlem Shake music video while we were doing the “I am beautiful” video documentary. The girls learned the importance of speaking their minds, and coming up with creative ideas, and completing projects. It will definitely help them become leaders, and it also opens their minds to new ideas and ways of thinking which will help them stand out from the rest of their peers. As a club leader, I have learned the importance of patience, developed a better understanding of what girls have to go through, and learned how to effectively give lectures and directions.

-Bianca Castrejon

Clardy Fox Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

I lead a club at Clardy Fox Public Library, I enjoyed leading this group of energetic girls. The girls never ran out of things to say and we had many funny and interesting conversations. We wrote journals and designed art posters for body image, college, mother’s day, and Women’s History Month. They have taken many photographs of each other holding up their empowerment posters and posing in different kinds of yoga moves for the healthy living lesson. They wrote letters to the fire department as part of their community service project. The healthy living lesson was my favorite activity because the girls enjoyed having some physical activity and practicing yoga moves. My favorite memory was when we did the healthy friendship lesson where I had two girls whom are best friends vent out their friendship issues. Through the lesson, they were able to hear each other out and put it behind them. In the club, the girls learned to respect each other and to help each other out. The club will help them become leaders and think for themselves and not let anyone else take charge of them. As a club leader, I have learned to become a better listener and motivator for the girls and for myself.

-Bianca Castrejon

Alvarez Club Leader Testimonial Spring 2013

My first meeting with the Alvarez club began with a youth global service day project; it was a good start to an amazing club. I loved that all of the girls were outspoken and not afraid to stick to their ideas, but they were willing to learn. It was somewhat intimidating to say the least and I appreciated every minute of it. The youth global service day project was a three day activity where we learned about a social problem and found ways to help the cause. The girls made a video and fliers to promote a book and toy drive for a child crisis center here in El Paso. Although our donation was small, the girls learned how much hard work goes into a good cause. The girls also learned body image, photography and how to stay active. Staying active was my favorite activity because the girls already new so much about their health and we held a long discussion about the importance of health. We also choreographed a music video to understand the many ways one can exercise. I’ll always remember the way these girls worked together  and supported each other during the dance, even when they were embarrassed. During the club discussions, I think the girls were able to learn more about themselves and understand how others think. They learned new topics that benefitted them and were also able to see those topics from different perspectives. As a club leader, I realized the importance of decisiveness when it matters. The girls have so many great and wonderful ideas that I’ve found ways to accommodate all of them by giving everyone their own time period to talk. The girls have also made me understand and appreciate different perspectives that have really helped me grow as a person. Being a club leader is always the highlight of my week, I am eternally grateful for the opportunity and sad that our semester is over.

-Laura Werthmann

June 2013 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin

Become a Latinitas Intern!

Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Summer 2013 Intern team! Latinitas offers exciting marketing & public relations, fundraising, youth outreach, photography, and graphic design. We also offer Educational Outreach Internships where interns lead girls and teens through creative multimedia expression activities during our after-school programs, workshops and camps. To apply for an internship with Latinitas, please submit your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com and fill out at http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/internships

Spring Clean Up Yard Sale

June 1 from 7:30am-12:00pm at YMCA (2044 Trawood Dr)
Latinitas is accepting donated items to sell at the yard sale, some of the items may include: furniture, appliances, household items/gadgets, books, clothing, toys, etc. All items should be in good condition. Volunteers are also needed to set up, sell and break down on the day of the yard sale. Proceeds support our free summer programs. If you are interested in donating items or want to volunteer on that day please email latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

Latinitas Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, June 4 and June 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Latinitas Headquarters (10935 Ben Crenshaw #207   El Paso, TX 79935).

Latinitas will be hosting a volunteer orientation for new volunteers. The orientation will provide information about Latinitas and how to become involved in helping Latinitas with the various projects including girl empowerment programs, Alliance for Latinitas and the editorial and multimedia team. Come join us and feel free to bring a friend over to become part of Latinitas. To apply, fill out a volunteer application
here. If you are interested in attending, please email
latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or call  915.282.5639
Creative Expression Camps 
*Every Saturday from June 8-August 24 from 10:00am-1:00pm at Latinitas Headquarters (10935 Ben Crenshaw #207)
*Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, June 7 and June 21 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Jose Cisneros Public Library (1300 Hawkins Blvd).
*Saturday, June 8, from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. at the Judge Marquez Library Branch (610 N. Yarbrough).
*Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month, June 8 and June 22 from 4:30-5:30 pm at Esperanza Acosta Moreno Public Library (12480 Pebble Hills Blvd).
Latinitas is hosting a series of creative expression workshops throughout the summer. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors and help guide girls in grades 4-8th with hands-on media arts activities. These workshops occur regularly, so on-going mentoring is gladly accepted as well. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or call 915.282.5639.

Mark your calendar for the“Helen of Troy Charity Benefit” on Sunday June 23, 2013 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Helen of Troy Outlet Store 

(1 Helen of Troy Plaza; 1-10 Exit 9 at Redd Road).

Shop great products and deals for a great cause! Helen of Troy will generously donate 10% of all sale made during the event to Latinitas. Proceeds made during the Helen of Troy’s Charity Sunday Benefit will support Latinitas’ mission of empowering local girls through confidence-building programs. You will find tons of great deals on a selection of hair, facial, kitchen, cooking and organizational products from Revlon, OXO, Braun, Vidal, Sassoon, Honey well, Dr. Scholls, Brut, Hot Tools, Infusium 23 and more!

Quince Project Kick Off 

Saturday, June 8 & June 22 from 10-1pm (10935 Ben Crenshaw #207).

Latinitas is partnering with the Quince Project to host a summer leadership program geared toward helping teen girls make the transition from girlhood to young adult through a quinceañera celebration.  In collaboration with the Quince Project, girls ages 13-16 will explore the cultural significance and history of quinceañeras as they work in small teams to develop leadership skills and organize a group quince party. The objective of the project is to help young Latinas with the tools they need to succeed as young adults. Volunteers are needed to assist with organizing biweekly leadership workshops, mentoring participants, obtaining donations for a quince celebration (ex: dresses) and helping organize logistics for the group quinceañera. The next planning meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 at 5:30pm at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207.

 

Summer Camp Volunteers, Camp Assistants and Guest Speakers Wanted

This summer, Latinitas is hosting a series of summer camps for low-income girls to help them build confidence and participate in an enriching experience. These camps will be held at local affordable housing centers, and at our headquarters. We will host week-long day camps throughout June, July and August focused on helping these pre-teen and teen girls in fostering a positive self-esteem through creative multimedia expression. Our camp features activities in arts & crafts, poetry, photography, acting, creative writing, filmmaking and much more. We are seeking volunteer summer camp counselors to co-lead our summer camp sessions at local community centers. We are seeking volunteers who can commit to 3 hours a day for at least a five day period. We are a looking for volunteers who can bring an energetic and enthusiastic attitude to help empower local girls and have fun. Training, activities and supplies are provided at our headquarters. If you would like to sign up, please email latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or call and leave a message at 915.219.8554.

Tiara Tuesday Planning Team

Latinitas is preparing to host the ultimate ladies’ night out, Tiara Tuesday to fund raise money for Latinitas. Assist with the event planning team by helping us secure an event venue and promoting. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.282.5639  The next planning meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 at 5:30pm at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207.
Latinitas will host an information and activity booth at several upcoming community events. Volunteers are needed to help distribute information about our organization, to host hands-on arts & crafts activities for youth, to promote Latinitas’ mission and to distribute Latinitas literature. To help, contact us at: 

latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or call us at 915-219-8554 or 915-282-5639:

 
Esperanza Acosta Summer Reading Kick Off

Thursday, June 6,  from 4:30-6:30 pm at Esperanza Acosta Moreno Public Library (12480 Pebble Hills Blvd, El Paso, Texas 79938).
Rally on the River Summer Youth Event 
Wednesday, June 26,  from 9:30am-1:30 pm at Ascarate Park (6900 Delta Dr., El Paso, TX).
Graphic Design Help Wanted

We are seeking volunteers to help design fliers and promotional materials for our upcoming events. If you have experience in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, please lend your graphic design skills. Volunteers are needed to work on one design project a month. Contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

Photographers Wanted

Volunteers are needed to help take photos at our programs and events. If you can help at special events, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

Office Help 

Latinitas is looking for office help with data entry, filing and organizing our program supplies. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

 

CONTACT US:

Rossie Lopez

(915) 219.8554

(915)282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

latinitasrossie@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw # 207
El Paso, TX 79935

El Paso Program Bulletin March 2013

MARCH PROGRAMS & EVENTS
(EL PASO, TX)

CREATIVE CHICAS SATURDAY CAMPS
March 9 & April 13 from 12:30-2:30pm
Judge Marquez Public Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
Girls Grades 4-8
Girls are invited to get in touch with their creative side in this series of creative expression classes. Girls in grades 4-8 will explore ways to express themselves creatively through photos, writing, arts & crafts and film. This creative expression series is hosted monthly at the Judge Marquez Public Library (610 N. Yarbrough). To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at:

http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

BE YOUNIQUE WORKSHOP IN LAS CRUCES, NM
March 9 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Branigan Public Library (200 E Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM)
For Girls Ages 10-15
Pre-teen and teen girls are invited to join us for a day of girl power to encourage girls to build confidence, foster a positive body image, learn about media literacy, discover ways to express themselves and embrace their inner and outer beauty. The event features inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops on self-esteem, confidence, etiquette, media literacy, body image, wellness, fashion and beauty. Girls will learn the tricks of the media trade to view media messages critically. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration.

TEEN MEDIA ACADEMY
March 20-22 from 12pm-5pm
1359 Lomaland #502
For Teen Girls in Grades 9-12
This Spring Break, Latinitas is hosting a Teen Media Academy from Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22 from 12pm to 5pm at 1359 Lomaland #502. Teens will have an opportunity to become a teem magazine editor and gain experience in a mini-internship with LatinitasMagazine.org. Teens will also get tips from media pros and take tours of local media stations. With hands-on media activities, girls will learn about self-expression through writing, photography, audio production, poetry and film-making. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org

MEDIA DIVAS DAY CAMP
March 22 from 11am-5pm
Main Public Library (501 N. Oregon)
For Girls Ages 10-14
Local girls are invited to look behind the scenes and discover the media trade with tours of local media stations. Girls will get an insider’s view of the career of local journalists, new anchors and photographers and they visit a TV news show, a magazine publication and radio station. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org

GIRL POWER FEST
April 13 from 10am-3pm
UTEP Union
Latinitas is hosting a day of girl empowerment for local girls 11 to 18 years old in partnership with the Women in Business Association. This event encourages girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. The event will also showcase a fashion show, live music, entertainment and games. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org

CHICAS WRITE NOW LITERARY FIEST
April 20 from 10am-1pm
Cielo Vista Public Library (1300 Hawkins)
For Girls Ages 10-14
In this wordweavers’ writing workshop, local teen girls 13-19 are invited to speak out and unleash their creativity through the pen. This workshop series is aimed at literary divas who would like to gain writing skills, connect with literary leaders and get published. Members will have their writing featured in LatinitasMagazine.org as well a printed anthology. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org

LATINITAS: CREATIVE CHICAS AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
Meet Weekly Every Friday After School
Esperanza Acosta Moreno & Irving Schwartz Libraries
Latinitas offers weekly after-school programs featuring hands-on creative expression lessons during the school year at local libraries, community centers, schools and housing communities. Our girl empowerment clubs help girls foster a positive self-esteem, build confidence and gain cultural pride through creative multimedia expression.

GIRL TALK WORKSHOPS
Latinitas partners with local schools to offer girl empowerment programs aimed at helping local girls build confidence through creative multimedia expression. Contact Latinitas to start a girl empowerment club at your school. Latinitas is also hosting a series of Be YOUnique workshops for local partners with hands-on sessions on building a positive self-esteem and body image through media literacy. For more information about bringing Latinitas to your neighborhood, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

TEEN VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Would you like to mentor younger girls? Gain leadership skills and earn community service hours. Latinitas is currently recruiting high school female volunteers to serve as mentors in our weekly girl empowerment clubs, Saturday workshops and special events You can serve as a positive role model to encourage, motive and educate middle school girls. To volunteer, contact Rossie Lopez at latinitasrossie@yahoo.com.

 

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915)282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
1359 Lomaland # 502
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

Latinitas El Paso E-Newsletter March 2013

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El Paso March 2013 NEWSLETTER 

Upcoming Events
TEEN MEDIA ACADEMY

March 20-22 from 12pm-5pm

1359 Lomaland #502

For Teen Girls in Grades 9-12

This Spring Break, Latinitas is hosting a Teen Media Academy from Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22 from 12pm to 5pm at 1359 Lomaland #502. Teens will have an opportunity to become a teen magazine editor and gain experience in a mini-internship with LatinitasMagazine.org. Teens will also get tips from media pros and take tours of local media stations. With hands-on media activities, girls will learn about self-expression through writing, photography, audio production, poetry and film-making. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 219.8554 or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

 

MEDIA DIVAS DAY CAMP

March 22 from 11am-5pm

Main Public Library (501 N. Oregon)

For Girls Ages 10-14

Local girls are invited to look behind the scenes and discover the media trade with tours of local media stations. Girls will get an insider’s view of the career of local journalists, new anchors and photographers and they visit a TV news show, a magazine publication and radio station. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 219.8554 or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH ART FEST

Art Festival – March 23 from 9am-1pm at Union Plaza Park

Mural Painting – March 23 from 1pm-5pm at Union Plaza Park

Girls are invited to an art festival featuring youth photography and art exhibits, arts and craft making and taking activities and performances to celebrate Women’s History Month. Latinitas is teaming up with the Mujeres de la Tierra, Girl Scouts and the Downtown Artist Market to host this Women’s History Month Art Fest celebration. As part of the festivities, Latinitas members will be invited to participate in photography, dance, creative writing and mural painting projects. Our guest speaker for the creative writing workshop will be Krsytal from Hole Slam. As part of a community service project, Latinitas members will help beautify and revitalize downtown by working with Urban Art Fitters in order to create a mural honoring Women’s History Month from 1-5pm. Volunteers are needed to help us paint a mural.For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com. 

GIRL POWER FEST

April 13 from 10am-3pm

UTEP Union

Latinitas is hosting a day of girl empowerment for local girls 11 to 18 years old in partnership with the Women in Business Association. This event encourages girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions.  Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. The event will also showcase a fashion show, live music, entertainment and games. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 219.8554 or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

 

CHICAS WRITE NOW LITERARY FIESTA
April 20 from 10am-1pm at Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library Branch
In this writing workshop, local teen girls (ages 13-19) are invited to speak out and unleash their creativity through the pen. This monthly workshop series is aimed at literary divas who would like to gain writing skills, connect with literary leaders and get published.  Members will have their writing featured in LatinitasMagazine.org as well in a printed anthology. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 219.8554 or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration
Benefit Event – Save the Date – Butterfly Effect Benefit
Butterfly Effect

Mark your calendar for the“The Butterfly Effect Benefit” on May 4, 2013 at the Double Tree by Hilton El Paso Downtown City Center. Our upcoming fundraiser is targeted towards local women leaders and designed to showcase female talent in El Paso as well as the young girls we serve. The event features brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers, a pastry chef competition and a silent auction. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available. We gladly accept donations of silent auction items and door prizes. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them.

Member Spotlight- Teen Interns

Janette Mendoza:

A tech-savvy chica, Janette is the mastermind behind Latinitas’ recent videos. A senior at Harmony Science-Academy El Paso, she is involved with Robotics, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Cross Country, and High Q. Janette aspires to one day become a filmmaker. “I love making films because it’s fun, entertaining and want others to feel the same way. I want to entertain people!” states Janette. A Bon Jovi enthusiast, she advices girls to “Be yourself and believe.”  Her advice to teens is from her idol Jon Bon Jovi: “Believe in Love, Believe in Magic. Heck, Believe in Santa Claus. Believe in others, Believe In yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t who will?”

 

Heather Marone: 

One of Latinitas’ most vibrant Editorial Interns, Heather Marone saw Latinitas as a unique experience to learn more about her culture and how younger girls are affected by it. Heather is an Early College High School student at El Paso Community College. She is studying International Relations and enjoys learning different ways to incorporate both of her cultural heritages, Korean and Hispanic. She considers herself to be the “trusty bible to cross stitching two cultures into one.”

Club Leader Spotlight

 

Meet the girl empowerment team on the forefront of making a positive change in the lives of El Paso’s youth by hosting weekly after-school clubs at local libraries and Housing Authorities.

 

Tabatha Aguilar

College: Biology at El Paso Community College

Advice:  “Always have a dream is is the one thing that will keep you going even when life is treating you rough.”

 

Ganesis Camacho

College: Communication Studies at the University of Texas at El Pao

Advice: “Be yourself! Don’t let other people dictate your life. Everyone is always going to have an opinion, its their right. But its also your right to live life how YOU want.”

 

Bianca Castrejon

College: Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso

Advice: “Do not let intimidation scare or shy you away from your goals.”

 

Karina Moreno

College: Multimedia Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso

Advice: “To always believe in themselves. I grew up with this quote, my mom has always supported all my ideas and has helped me gain confidence. When you have an attitude that you can pursue something you automatically are giving the 90% of your work towards accomplishing anything. ”

 

Kayla Vigil

College: Communication Studies at New Mexico State University

Advice: “For young girls, I think that staying true to yourself is the best thing that you can do.  Loving yourself, and being who you are will give you the confidence to do anything you want. “

 

Laura Werthmann

College: Post-grad from St. Edward’s University

Advice: “As hard as things may get, never give up on what you want.”

 

Partner Spotlight- Housing Authority of El Paso

ClubGirls Through a partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of  El Paso, Latinitas has been hosting after-school enrichment camps at 15 sites. HACEP serves the low-income residents of El Paso, Texas by providing low-cost housing. Latinitas provides a safe space for girls to gather weekly at Housing Authority sites on a weekly basis to explore girl empowerment themes through creative expression and media literacy lessons focused on promoting confidence. Sonia Legarretta, HACEP’s Resident Relations Specialist, has worked alongside Latinitas in providing these after-school enrichment programs. ”Latinitas has played a great role in improving the self-esteem of our girls, has helped them envision and set goals and has given them the confidence to reach them,” states Sonia. What she likes best about Club Latinitas is the “the simple but very effective way they interact with the girls, Latinitas asks so much of the girls but the girls are willing to give a lot more because of the fun and safe environment they are in.” Her main piece of advice to girls is “that they are able of achieving great things and need to believe in themselves.”

Volunteer Spotlight- Club Mentors
Reyna Cereceres: A student at Community College Valle Verde, Reyna dedicates her time toward motivating and empowering local youth through Club Latinitas. “I like helping people, and I’m interested in helping girls of all ages,” says Reyna. She also dedicates her time toward church activities and improving her English. Reyna considers her tolerance of others and strong work ethic to be key characteristics towards being a role model to club members.
 

Janet Camacho: Through her sister, Ganesis Camacho, Janet became inspired to join Latinitas as a Club Mentor. A volunteer at Next to Nuevo and a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, Janet loves to be involved with her community. She likes to “To help make others feel better about themselves and keep them out of trouble. I hope to become a role model to younger latinas that feel helpless or need someone to talk to. ”

To learn more about volunteering as a Club Leader or Mentor, contact latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

Support Latinitas

Latinitas Scholarship Campaign:

The Latinitas Scholarship Fund was started to help young Latina college students reach their academic goals. Latinitas is dedicated to empowering the next generation of young Latina leaders to reach their fullest potential. We’ve met thousands of young Latinas in our multimedia enrichment programs and in the production of our digital magazine and our team has been struck by the daunting challenges many young Latinas face. As the nation’s largest minority and fastest growing youth population, it is vital for us to help these young women reach their full potential. The Latinitas Scholarship Fund was started to help young Latinas reach their goals by providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for Latina college students. Make an investment in our future and support Latinitas scholarship fund to assist Latina college students in reaching their higher education goals.
Donate Now: http://www.active.com/donate/latinitasscholarship 

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latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

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El Paso TX, 79935

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