EL PASO APRIL 2014 NEWSLETTER
BUTTERFLY EFFECT BENEFIT
May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wyndham Hotel (2027 Airway)
“The Butterfly Effect Benefit” will be held on May 3rd at the Wyndham Hotel. This benefit event celebrates the women who help us spread our wings. The event features a brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers, and raffle prizes. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the event also features pampering with manicures, massages, make-up consultations and shopping. The funds generated from the event 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. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.
RESERVE YOUR TICKET NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677
MOTHER &DAUGHTER WORKSHOP – STAY TEEN DAY
May 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kennedy Community Center
During teen pregnancy prevention month in May, Latinitas is teaming up with the El Paso Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition to host a mother & daughter workshop aimed at encouraging teen girls to keep open lines of communication with their parents, to promote healthy relationship, to encourage confidence and to help girls get informed to prevent teen pregnancy. This workshops is specifically designed for teen girls and moms. Workshops will focus on confidence, healthy relationships, teen development and teen parent testimonials. The theme of the event is to encourage girls to Stay Teen by enjoying their youth and preventing teen pregnancy. An optional session with parent permission slips will be presented by UMC Health Educators on the topic of contraception. For more information, contact us at 915.219.8554 or email@example.com.
Event Highlight: STEM Extravaganza
On April 5th, Latinitas hosted five workshops at the Science, Technology and Engineering Extravaganza held by the Mexican-American Society of Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.The event brought 550 high school students for a fun-filled day of hands on activities. The theme of the event focused on “The Future is Calling, Who Will You Be?” which encouraged local high school students to consider a career in science and engineering. During the event, the Latinitas team completed a full-day series of workshops for local high school students on web design and HTML coding. In addition to hands-on activities during the workshops, guest speakers shared their experience with website development and the technology side of media.
Volunteer Spotlight: Olga Ochoa
Olga Ochoa, a volunteer since 2012, started as a Youth Outreach Intern and is now one of the coordinators for the Girl Talk workshops hosted by Latinitas at the Juvenile Detention Center. Olga is a key leader in guiding young women in the detention center through hands-on self-expression activities. The goal of these activities is to boost their self-esteem, promote good decision making and encourage girls to take steps towards a positive future. Girls have participated in projects to help them share their own experiences, and discuss important topics like healthy relationships, goal setting, education and confidence. “[Latinitas] is important for young girls because it helps them see and think ahead. I would recommend it to others because it is a great way to establish motivation among young girls and guide them to succeed in their future,” says Olga. Olga is an inspirational role model to young girls. She graduated from UTEP with a BA in Anthropology and is currently wrapping up her last semester as a Masters student.
Club Spotlight: Global Youth Service Day
The annual celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) occurs every year in April. This year, from April 11th – April 13th, millions of youth across the nation will volunteer and create campaigns to improve their communities. Through service learning and community service projects, GYSD aims to improve the quality of life across the U.S.! Club Latinitas joined the GYSD fun by creating diverse projects. The girls in our clubs rallied together to tackle tough issues like smoking, body image, and academic success.
Using several multimedia methods, girls selected the perfect medium for their campaign.
In one club, posters were created for a Tobacco Prevention Campaign called Kick Butts Day. These anti-smoking posters will be shared and seen by their fellow classmates.
The girls at North Loop Elementary encouraged their peers to stay in school through a PSA! These multimedia mavens will debut their video on their own Website.
In Horizon Middle School and Parkland Elementary School, the girls created a Be YOUnique project by making morning announcements and posters with tips on boosting self-esteem to share with their peers. From one girl to the next, the girls know what they’re talking about.
These chicas are passionate about helping make a difference in their community and are excited to showcase their work during GYSD!
Partner Spotlight: AAUW
We are proud to continue to partner with the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. By empowering women and girls in the community, and across the nation at over 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners, the AAUW is breaking barriers to improve the quality of life of mujeres. The AAUW is a tremendous partner for Latinitas in helping co-host the Aim High and the International Women’s Day Celebration. Members of AAUW served as volunteers throughout both events, assisted with sponsorships, helped with set-up, registration, meal preparation, and were key guest speakers and career panelists. Thanks to generous support from National AAUW, Latinitas will be leading a series of career exploration and college preparation activities in our fall after-school programs at local housing communities.
Spring 2014 Intern Spotlight
Itzel Nava, a Photography Intern, is a Freshmen at El Paso Community College studying Surgical Tech. “What I like most about Latinitas is that they are willing to help Latinas around the community without getting anything in return,” she adds.
Paulete Espinoza, Editorial Intern, is studying Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her career goals include “becoming the editor/writer of a magazine or a print publishing media” and “[changing] a person’s life with the words I write in a magazine or newspaper.”
Lynnette Hernandez, Translation Intern, is currently pursuing her Masters at the University of Texas at El Paso. “I like that [Latinitas] focuses on empowering young Latinas and [how] it provides a safe environment for them to grow and learn new skills,” shares.
Abril Ramos, Marketing Intern, graduated in 2013 with a BA in Media Advertising from the University of Texas at El Paso.
“As a young Latina myself, I could not think of a better place to strengthen my skills and experience new and powerful [educational opportunities] by volunteering with Latinitas],” she shares.
Donor Spotlight: United Way
United Way of El Paso continues to improve the lives of El Paso families by developing programs and assisting non-profit organizations that meet the core values of the United Way (integrity, diversity, accountability, and leadership). Through a mini-grant program, “Pennies for Change” collection, United Way helped fund our Smart Chicas program. Smart Chicas encouraged girls to stay in school and to go to college. As part of this college-bound initiative, Smart Chicas hosted career and college panels, college prep activities, and field trips to UTEP, Texas Tech and EPCC for our after-school clubs. In doing so, girls in our clubs created multimedia projects using photography, blogs, posters, videos, and podcasts. The multimedia projects encouraged their peers to stay in school and explore higher education.
Donation Request – Art Supply Drive
It’s almost summer time! Summer is the perfect time to spend with family, either outdoors, swimming, or family vacations. For some Latinitas it can be the opposite, a lonely time, indoors and isolated while parents work all day. Our summer programs helps girls engage in fun art activities and digital media projects. Art supplies are needed to help support some free art summer workshops for girls in the community. If you, or someone you know, has extra materials or is willing to boost the summer fun of local girls and teens, please consider donating the following items:
- Tempra paint
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Water colors
- Color Pencils
- Mixed media paper
- Oil pastels
- Exterior paint for mural projects
Latinitas Internships: Summer 2014
Become a Latinitas Intern! Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Summer 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:
- Educational Outreach 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