Kathy White Housing Authority
From day one, the girls showed up waiting for me to arrive. They were all very sweet and shy. We worked on different exercises discussing flaws, beauty, CHICA power and their dreams and goals. Little by little the girls started speaking up more as we began working on a music video that represented the Kathy White Latinitas Club. The girls picked different songs that they felt represented them and in groups put together a song, mini-dance, and a few skits and scenarios for the video. This really got the girls to open up and put their shy days behind.
My favorite memories were made when the girls and I worked outside together. They laughed, and played for their music video and really enjoyed and respected each others company. My favorite activity with the girl beside music video production time was creating the “I love my Flaws” posters. The girls were really creative and all designed their posters differently. I really believe Latinitas has helped the girls to not be so shy and to speak up and express themselves.
Alvarez Housing Authority
Since the very beginning, the girls patiently and enthusiastically awaited my arrival. The new Latinitas were always motivated and ready to work. They are and have been very well mannered. Every week, without exception, they would help me set up and would help each other by encouraging one another when working on different activities. The girls worked on different activities that included designing their own folders, discussing real beauty and flaws ,learning about Frida Kahlo, shoe photography, neighborhood photos, poetry writing, song writing, drawing different pictures that represented them, and practiced speaking with each other.
My favorite activity with the girls was an ice breaker that required each girl to dance and observe and memorize each persons move. The girls really had rhythm together and were really enjoying themselves as they danced and encouraged each other to continue the beat. Another one of my favorites was the Frida Kahlo activity because the girls knew more about her than I did, and that really made me happy. It was a little embarrassing, but it shows that we can all learn from each other regardless of our age. I think the girls benefited from Club Latinitas because they were able to discuss real issues that go on in the world with each other, and to know that they are capable of anything.
Moorhead Housing Authority
The Latinitas girls at Moorhead were very respectful and helpful. At times we had little time to work on activities, but time was used wisely. We of course worked on different activities like decorating folders, discussing beauty and flaws, and writing poems and writing exercises. But my favorite activity with the Moorhead girls was the “Circle of Advice” where each girl respectfully heard one another out. Then the club members kindly gave their own advice on how certain situations were handled. I was impressed by their maturity and their way to really try and think things through. I enjoyed how the girls showed respect for each other and encouraged doing the right thing.
My favorite memory with the girls was taking pictures of their neighborhood. I loved how the girls had fun using the cameras as they would hide behind bushes to take a sneaky picture and quietly do so. Another one of my favorites was when the girls would giggle at me as I spoke Spanish, but would always encourage me to keep practicing. They told me that practicing my Spanish by speaking it is the only way to learn. The girls mentioned that at times people laugh at them when speaking English, but that is how they learn and that there are always rude people and the best thing to do is ignore them. I loved this amazing attitude the girls had and always looked forward to hanging with them on Wednesdays. The girls really learned that perhaps becoming photojournalists and journalists is something they would love to do as a career. They had fun writing and taking pictures and I really hope to view a professional picture or article by these girls one day.