El Paso November 2013 NEWSLETTER
HEALTHY CHICA – Mother & Daughter Workshops
Self-Esteem & Wellness Activities
November 9, 16 & 23 from 11:30AM-1:00PM
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Girls and moms are invited to join us for self-esteem & wellness workshops. Relax and rejuvenate with fun activities like yoga and zumba, and discussions on health, nutrition, recipes, confidence, beauty, body image, teen development, fitness and ways to de-stress.
Each session is $5 per person; a limited number of scholarships are available.
FREE SATURDAY CAMP
November 9 from 12:30-2:30PM
Judge Marquez Public Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
Girls ages 9-13 are invited to participate in our free monthly creative expression workshops at the Judge Marquez Library.
AIM HIGH CONFERENCE
December 7 from 10:00AM-2:00PM
Main Public Library (501 N. Oregon)
Latinitas and the American Association of University Women will host the Aim High Conference, a special leadership workshop for girls. The Aim High conference is created especially for girls ages 10 and up with unique hands-on workshops, exhibits, leadership activities, and mentorship opportunities. Professional women who are excited about sharing their careers and college prep tips to achieve success lead several leadership workshops and panels. The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging pre-teen and teen girls to aim high by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success.
REGISTER NOW: Sign up here:
For more information contact Latinitas at 219.8554 or 282.5639, email@example.com or www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso
Program Spotlight: Club Latinitas
Latinitas kicked off the start of the after-school enrichment program, Club Latinitas, at twelve locations! Club Latinitas is a girl empowerment program open to girls from 3rd to 8th grade to help them build confidence while expressing themselves creatively through media, technology, art and culture. Members learn through exciting hands-on activities on writing, photography, college prep, filmmaking, audio production and web design.
Members at Club Latinitas celebrated Hispanic Heritage month by learning about the importance of cultural identity through multimedia activities. Girls used photography to capture their favorite family tradition, like cooking with abuelita. They sharpened their photography skills by creating a fotonovela on a famous folklore tale that makes them proud of their cultural heritage. Club members used media as an empowering tool by producing a PSA about breast cancer, participating in college prep activities and creating a Halloween safety guide. They completed a photography scavenger hunt and also learned about the importance of good manners and etiquette. Club Latinitas wrapped up the month by learning about Día de los Muertos and creating their own altar, which was showcased at Café Mayapan.
JOIN A FREE AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB
Club Meets Weekly Every Friday After School
Irving Schwartz Public Library (1865 Dean Martin Dr.)
Esperanza Public Library (12480 Pebble Hills)
Our girl empowerment clubs help girls foster a positive self-esteem, build confidence and gain cultural pride through creative multimedia expression.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – MUJERES MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Mujeres Making a Difference Awards
The Latina List is accepting nominations of local Latina leaders who are making an impact (deadline November 15th). The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon will be held on February 7th to give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community. For nomination and event information, visit http://laslatinitas.com/latina-list
Member Spotlight: Club Superstars
Club Latinitas gathers girls weekly forempowerment activities at several schools, housing communities and public libraries. Club Superstars are ambitious chicas whose personality parallels their amazing talents and participation in club activities. Club Leaders selected these outstanding members as being natural born leaders and positive role models in each club:
Vanessa, 7th grader at Lincoln Middle School, is an amazing smart girl; she loves to participate and help in any way she can. “Her enthusiasm for learning new things makes it a joy to have her in the club,” says Bianca Castrejon, Club Leader at Sandoval.
Irene, 6th grader at Lincoln Middle School, is a witty and energetic person with a comedic flare. “She loves to provide the laughs for the club and brightens everyone’s day with her humor,” adds Bianca Castrejon.
Ashley, 4th grader at Marian Manor Elementary, is an ambitious girl who wants to be a veterinarian. She likes to stay active by playing outside with her brothers and enjoys watching TV during her downtime.
Lessley, 5th grader at Douglass Elementary, is a studious chica who loves to read books and do her homework. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. When she’s not busy with school, she loves to listen to One Direction.
Volunteer Spotlight: Gracie Cain
Gracie Cain, Latinitas Board Member, has been the heart of our marketing and event planning committee. Gracie has helped coordinate several Latinitas fundraisers, such as the Butterfly Effect, Fashion Shows, and, most recently, Tiara Tuesday. Gracie joined Latinitas to help make an impact in addressing some of the challenges girls face: “In my opinion, important issues facing Latina youth today would be education, teen pregnancy and self-esteem. As a member of Latinitas, I love being able to impact these areas in a positive manner.” Gracie is a native El Pasoan with experience in business consulting, marketing, event planning, media and sales. She is also the founder and Creative Director at Emajj. Gracie studied communication at the University of Texas at El Paso. She began her career in the El Paso Channel 44 where she served as a producer and worked in the traffic and marketing department. She is highly active in her community with volunteer experience with groups such as Drawing Smiles, YMCA, Humane Society, MHMR, Homeless Shelter and Rock Faith Center.
Intern Spotlight: Fall Interns
Meet our talented group of Fall Interns
Melissa I. Torres- Flores is a TV and Radio Broadcasting major at El Paso Community College. As a multimedia intern, Melissa has created videos and will be published in Latinitas Magazine this semester.
“I decided to intern with Latinitas because, I want to help those young girls that have problems. Latinitas will provide me with knowledge about my career, and this internship is another step to become a successful woman in the future,” she shares.
Lilia Hernandez, a Marketing student at the University of Texas at El Paso, shares her savvy marketing skills with Latinitas by helping coordinating a marketing plan for fundraisers and programs.
“What I like the most about Latinitas is the support it gives to Latinas, I feel very connected to their goals and it is very inspirational. I wish I was the age to attend and take each opportunity that this non-profit organization is giving to all the Latinitas,” she shares.
Mara Rivas, a Youth Outreach Intern, is a Psychology major at the University of Texas at El Paso. As a Youth Outreach Intern, Mara has helped with creating lesson plans, and leading activities at Club Latinitas.
“What made me decide to intern with Latinitas was because I was really touched by the situation teenage Hispanic girls are going through in the sense of teenage pregnancy and drug related issues,” she shares.
Alexandra Castillo, PR Intern, is studying Organizational/Corporate Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso and is a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Alongside Lilia, Alexandra has helped coordinate a marketing plan for fundraisers and programs.
“I think Latinitas is important for young girls because it promotes a healthy body image along with confidence, often in today’s society we find girls struggling with these issues especially when looking towards media for role models. It’s important for these young girls to create a healthy body image and express themselves openly about their issues so that they can relate to others and find strong role models,” shares Alexandra.
Alexis Bobadilla, a Communication Disorders student at El Paso Community College, is pursuing Club Leader internship. Alexis is on the forefront of girl empowerment by leading after-school empowerment programs, Club Latinitas.
“The thing I like most about Latinitas is that their main goal is to help young Hispanic girls in any way possible. They give young girls the opportunity to learn how to express themselves in a fun and creative way,” she adds.
Donor Spotlight: Latinitas Print Magazine Campaign
We cannot tell you how much we appreciate the contributions to our Kick-starter online giving fundraiser to publish a magazine. After 10 years that Latinitas has been carrying out our mission in the form of a digital magazine and programs, we can now get a physical, printed glossy magazine to our Latina youth! For the first time, Latinitas Magazine will be printed in a slick traditional paper format. The 24 page, four-color magazine is dedicated wholly to girls’ health and wellness and, like the digital version of Latinitas Magazine, publishes work generated by and for girls and teens who participate in Latinitas. There is no other publication like Latinitas Magazine providing a forum of expression for Latina youth to combat stereotypes and empower themselves by writing on identity, goals, challenges, pop culture and more. The magazine will be distributed to libraries, schools and community centers thanks to those who donated!
Latinitas Internships: Spring 2014
Become a Latinitas Intern! Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Spring 2014 Intern team! This hands-on professional opportunity is open to college and high school students who would like to gain experience, develop their portfolio and build their resume. Latinitas is offering the following internship positions:
- Girl Empowerment Intern
- Editorial Intern
- Marketing & PR Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Video & Photography Intern
- Event Planning Intern
For additional information, visit:
To apply, submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso TX, 79935