El Paso March 2014 ENEWSLETTER

MARCH  2014  LATINITAS NEWSLETTER 

Upcoming Events

CINEMA CHICAS – VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP 

March 22 from 10am-2pm; EPCC Valle Verde Campus
Local girls ages 11-17 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Girls will get ready for an audio-visual adventure as they go behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce their own short film. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. Girls will engage in short film making activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, professional women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower these young girls. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

KIDSPALOOZA

March 29 from 10am-4pm; Downtown Public Library

Join the fun at the 7th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza! As part of the festivities, youth are invited to create their own art masterpiece with Latinitas using watercolors, color pencils, or chalk art and discover the artist within. The all-day family event features children’s concerts, games, painting, “Make & Take” craft workshops, tours plus free transportation to a variety of educational stops throughout the downtown area and a special appearances by Curious George and Daniel Tiger! This is a great way to spend a family day downtown and expose young participants to the many activities available in the El Paso area.
Event Spotlight: Girl Power Fest

 

April 12, 10am – 3:30 pm; University of Texas at El Paso       

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 register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-fest-tickets-10520357673

Event Recap: Spring Break Camp

Girls in grade 4-8th were invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Multimedia Arts Spring Break Camp. With the leadership of our camp leaders Bianca Castrejon and Jazmin Vasquez along with local media makers, girls learned about writing, video editing and photography techniques. Project highlights include creating an advice column, fashion board, personal zine, Girl Survival Guide (tips for youth by youth), music video, and their very own body image talk show. From behind-the-scenes activities to the front-of-the camera experience, the girls’ week-long spring break experience introduced the world of multimedia journalism.

The multimedia projects introduced girls to the field of journalism and multimedia arts through hands-on activities and field trips to KCOS-13, Telemundo and the El Paso Art  Museum. These budding journalists were eager to ask questions and put what they learned to the test. Spring Break Camp ended with a showcase of the multimedia work the girls created throughout the camp.

A special thank you to camp volunteers, leaders, speakers, KCOS-13, Telemundo and El Paso Art Museum for making Spring Break Camp 2014 a success. Our guest speakers included Jennifer Lucero, Mallonda Weston, Salvador Castaneda,  Maribel Padilla, Amie Flores, Lily Gonzalez and Stephanie Hernandez.

Club Leader Spotlight

These chicas are at the forefront of making a difference in our after-school enrichment programs, Club Latinitas.

Bianca Castrejon, Social Work major (UTEP) 

“Latinitas is important for young girls because the organization can help them with self esteem and self assurance, where it can be tough to come by at a young age. What I like most about Latinitas is its goal to empower and provide leadership skills for all Latinas. I want to help out in our community especially with empowering young Latinas.”

Gabriela Griego, Psychology major (UTEP)

I was interested in Latinitas because I think it is important to have as young women someone to look up to besides your parents and I think being able to empower them is also important. What I like most about Latinitas is the fact that it gives exclusivity to the girls in order for them to be in a comfortable environment where they are able to express themselves.

Stephanie Hernandez, Women Studies/Linguistics major (UTEP)

“I was interested in Latinitas because the idea of empowering young women through creative outlets sounded like something I’d enjoy and would love to do. [I like that Latinitas] offers guidance for young girls as well as a safe and comfortable environment. I believe [Latinitas] is important because it exposes them to different ways of having fun, educates them and gives them confidence through self expression.”

 

Daniela Lagunes, Psychology  major (UTEP)

Daniela is a seasoned Club Leader veteran. She started volunteering for Latinitas in 2010. Her advice to young Latinitas is to

“not let yourself down just because they make fun of you. Use it as an experience to respect others and the way they look [and treat you]. Be strong and speak up!”

 

Dayna Quezada, Counseling major (UTEP)   “Being a female Hispanic myself, I feel a personal connection and duty in trying to reach out to other young Latinas. What I like most [about Latinitas] is that it is an outreach organization for mostly females and I feel this group of females are the ones who need the most support.

Mara Rivas, Psychology major (UTEP)

“[I like the] opportunity to change and shape the young girl’s future and hopefully make their lives happier. I think this organization is extremely important for Hispanic girls, so they can get to know themselves better and get help from us to guide them in their future careers and personal development.”      

 

Iliana Rosales, Social Work major (UTEP)    “What [made me decide to intern] with Latinitas is that the organization helps Latina girls, and, since my major is social work this is a great opportunity. What I like the most about Latinitas is that it helps teens and girls with any issues; [volunteers] are their mentors.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Maribel Padilla
Maribel Padilla has been an integral part of Latinitas since 2012. She started as a Club Leader and is now our go-to person for multimedia design and video editing.

 

I believe very passionately in the goal Latinitas is trying to reach, which is that of empowering young Latinas to follow a career path in media and technology. As a fellow media maker, I believe the best way to strengthen my skills is to try and teach it to someone else,” adds Maribel.

 

Estela Casas inspired Maribel Padilla over 10 years ago when Estela asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up, Maribel answered she wanted to be on TV just like Estela. Forward to 2013, and Maribel just graduated last December with a Creative Multimedia Degree from NMSU and is on her way to become a leading Latina in the film industry. She is currently part of the Production Crew for KCOS-13 and aspires to one day “move to a big city and work on big film productions.

 

Her advice to future journalists and filmmakers is to “get involved in as many extra-curricular activities. Colleges like students who like to get involved.”

Partner Spotlight: PBS

 

Latinitas is teaming up with KCOS 13 (PBS) to collaboratively host a series of video production workshops within 10 Latinitas after-school programs. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address, Latinitas members are learning about film-making from a PBS Producer and recording videos inspired by the address. Ken Burns, a documentarian, and numerous partners launched the 150th anniversary celebration  as a “national effort to encourage everyone in everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.” KCOS offers quality educational programming for over 2 million people in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. On average, 200,000 people tune in each week to the diverse set of local programs tailored to the Southwest region.

The goal of KCOS is to submit over 200 videos form El Pasoans reciting the Gettysburg Address, and KCOS  encourages viewers and readers to upload their own video the KCOS website: http://kcostv.org/ourcommunity/addressproject.php

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser

April 5, 8am – 10am; Applebee’s Yarbrough Location 

There is nothing better than a delicious homemade breakfast to bring people together for a good cause. The Applebee’s Yarbrough location is opening its restaurant doors to the Latinitas team for this pancake fundraiser. This Flapjack Fundraiser features delicious fluffy pancakes from Applebee’s along with sausage and drink.

Tickets can be purchased for dine in or curb side pick up. Tickets are available at our office and at the event. If you would like to purchase any please contact us at:  (915) 219-8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

 

Sponsorship Opportunity

BUTTERFLY EFFECT 

May 3; Wyndham Hotel

Mark your calendar for the”The Butterfly Effect Benefit. “Tickets are $25 early bird rate and $35 at the door.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit we will have brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. *Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available (limited time). 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.

For more information, contact us at 219.8554 or alicia@laslatinitas.com. 
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:
http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities

To apply, submit your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

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Contact Information
phone: (915)219-8554(915)282-5639
latinitasep@gmail.com

www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso

10935 Ben Crenshaw #207

El Paso TX, 79935

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El Paso Program Bulletin March 2014

BE YOUNIQUE SELF-ESTEEM MOTHER & DAUGHTER WORKSHOP
March 1 from 10:00am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Girls and moms are invited to join us for a series of creative expression workshops aimed at encouraging confidence building and bonding. Mom and daughter teams are invited to join us for a workshop series with hands-on activities on self-esteem, body image, bullying, wellness & inner beauty. This workshop provides a safe space where girls can express themselves and boost their confidence. Upcoming Workshops: April 5 & 26. Each workshop is $5 per person. Discounts available for signing up for multiple workshops. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

WONDER WOMEN! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8 from 10:30am-2:30pm
Main Public Library (1400 N. Oregon)
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day for activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of “Wonder Women,” a film about strong women leaders, as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The FREE workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

SPRING BREAK CAMP (MARCH 10-14)
March 10-14 from 9am-5pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #2o7
This Spring Break Camp, girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Multimedia Arts Spring Break Camp. In this week-long day camp program, girls will explore multimedia arts such as photography, writing, art, design, radio production and film-making. The camp features hands-on workshops led by local multimedia makers. Campers will create daily creative expression projects such as art, poetry, photo essays and short films. To register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/ programs/registration

TEEN MAGAZINE MINI-INTERNSHIP (MARCH 10-14)
March 10-14 from 1pm-5pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #2o7
During Spring Break, teen girls have the opportunity to become a teen magazine editor for a week. Through this mini-internship, teens gain hands-on experience by working on pieces that will be published in Latinitasmagazine.org. They will work together to create a high school survival guide, blog, and voice their opinion on critical topics affecting Latina teens today. Teen interns meet with media professionals and college mentors to form the foundation of an advice column and a high school survival guide.

CINEMA CHICAS – VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
March 22 from 10am-2pm
EPCC Valle Verde Campus
Local girls ages 11-17 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Girls will get ready for an audio-visual adventure as they go behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce their own short film. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. Girls will engage in short film making activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, professional women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower these young girls. Join us for a day of creating media and empowering the local girls. The workshop will take place at EPCC Valle Verde Campus (919 Hunter at the Communications Department room number A2708 (The Tejano Tribune Newsroom).   For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

YOUTH WRITERS WANTED – Weekly Writer Orientations Held on Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm
Teen girls who want to get published and develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to become youth writers for Latinitas magazine. Latinitas serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth. Youth writers will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about. For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com Apply Now: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/youth-editors

CLUB LATINITAS: START A CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL
Latinitas collaborates to offer weekly after-school programs focusing on promoting confidence among local girls through hands-on creative expression lessons at local libraries, community centers, schools and housing communities. To start a club at your school, contact us at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915) 282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

El Paso February 2014 ENEWSLETTER

EL PASO FEBRUARY 2014 E-NEWSLETTER

UPCOMING EVENTS:

MOTHER/DAUGHTER WORKSHOP:
March 1st & 15 from 10:00am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Girls and moms are invited to join us for a series of creative expression workshops aimed at encouraging confidence building and bonding. Mom and daughter teams are invited to join us for a workshop series with hands-on activities on self-esteem, body image, bullying, wellness & inner beauty. This workshop provides a safe space where girls can express themselves and boost their confidence. These workshops will also be held on April 5 & 26. Each workshop is $5 per person. Discounts available for signing up for multiple workshops. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

WONDER WOMEN! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8 from 10:30am-2:30pm
Main Public Library (1400 N. Oregon)
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day for activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of “Wonder Women,” a film about strong women leaders, as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The FREE workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

CINEMA CHICAS – VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
March 22 from 10am-2pm
EPCC Valle Verde Campus
Local girls ages 11-17 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Girls will get ready for an audio-visual adventure as they go behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce their own short film. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. Girls will engage in short film making activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, professional women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower these young girls. Join us for a day of creating media and empowering the local girls. Girls should bring $5 for lunch. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: SPRING BREAK CAMP (MARCH 10-14)
March 10-14 from 9am-5pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
This Spring Break Camp, girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Multimedia Arts Spring Break Camp. In this week-long day camp program, girls will explore multimedia arts such as photography, writing, art, design, radio production and film-making. The camp features hands-on workshops led by local multimedia makers. Campers will create daily creative expression projects such as art, poetry, photo essays and short films. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for the week-long camp is $100 which covers supplies, equipment. Discounts are available for participants who register by March 3. Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $20 non-refundable deposit. Pre-registration is required. To register,call 915.219.8554,email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register at: http://laslatinitas.com/ programs/registration  You can pre-pay your camp registration fee on our secure website at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/multimedia-arts-camp-for-girls-tickets-10172234427

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: HORIZON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Latinitas hosts after-school enrichment clubs at several housing authorities, public library and school locations. Latinitas is proud to partner with Horizon Middle School in hosting Club Latinitas. Over 20 girls attend the weekly meetings on this campus to learn more about multimedia, body image, self-esteem, health and wellness, and college preparation.

Alejandra Salas, Spanish Teacher at Horizon Middle School, shares her experience with working with Latinitas: “The girls build on their self esteem and became aware of current issues that impact today’s society. It definitely helps them, and we would be interested in hosting an additional club for Latinitas. I would like to thank everyone in Latinitas for coming out and working with our students. You truly have a wonderful organization that empowers young ladies. Thank you once again!”
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY: BUTTERFLY EFFECT BRUNCH
Mark your calendar for the”The Butterfly Effect Benefit” on May 3, 2014 at the Wyndham Hotel. Tickets are $25 early bird rate and $35 at the door. Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit where you can enjoy brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available (space is limited). 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. For more information, contact us at 219.8554 or alicia@laslatinitas.com.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: BRIANNA CASTREJON
Briana Castrejon, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, is a natural-born leader. She has led several workshops in our after school clubs and in our Be YOUnique, College Chica, Healthy Chica and Wellnes workshops, and the Aim High Conference. She loves leading activities and helping inspire local youth, because these programs allow them to start thinking about college as well as boost their self-esteem and self-worth.

“My sister became an intern at Latinitas, and would talk about her exciting experiences in working for this organization and the different people she was able to meet. This is what motivated me to join Latinitas…The most rewarding experiences is being able to interact with the young girls in both the workshops or the clubs. They are so happy to be with you as you are to see them. You are always learning through each other by talking about new experiences and discussing difficult topics.”

EVENT HIGHLIGHT: MUJERES MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
Mujeres Making a Difference Awards honored local Latina leaders who are making an impact. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon was 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. Ranging from diverse academic and professional fields, these women have one thing in common: they are highly innovative, natural-born leaders and act as role models to youth.

Congratulations to the winners:
NORMA FAVELA
LIZ CHAVEZ
ADELA FERNANDEZ
ESTELA CASAS
OFFICER SUSAN LARA
ADRIANA CADENA
PEMA GARCIA
YOLANDA ARRIOLA
AZURI GONZALEZ
LYDIA ESPINOZA
LORENA CASTAÑEDA
DR. VERONICA MALLETT

Un gran abrazo and special thanks to Gilbert Pineda CPA, Emajj, Cake Gals, Lady Lesliee, Around the World Catering, Ginger Raya, Angela Sustaita, Maria Morales, Gracie Cain, Emily Loya, Alexandra Castillo, Mariana West, and Latininitas volunteers and interns who made the event a success.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: ALTAR’D STATE
This community-minded store is driven by a desire to give back to those in need. The Latinitas team is honored to have been selected as Altar’d States El Paso store charity partner for the month of January and February and to welcome Altar’d employees as volunteers during our self-esteem workshops. Mission Mondays is a charity project where every Monday 10% of net proceeds from each store go to various local charities. Altar’d State in the Fountains shopping center is an energetic fashion boutique that offers a distinctive shopping experience for women interested in the latest fashion finds, the most anticipated accessories and that next great gift. Altar’d State customers can enjoy supporting an organization that promotes confidence, civic involvement and positivity through its merchandise and involvement.

INTERNSHIPS: Spring & Summer 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:
- Editorial Intern
- Marketing & PR Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Video & Photography Intern
- Event Planning Intern
For additional information, visit:

http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities

To apply, submit your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

El Paso Program Bulletin January 2014

JANUARY & FEBRUARY PROGRAMS & EVENTS

(EL PASO, TX)

TEEN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
January 25 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Main Public Library Downtown (501 N. Oregon)
The Teen Leadership Institute is intended to prepare young women in developing their leadership skills. This program is aimed at encouraging and motivating teen Latina girls to make a difference in their community through leadership and volunteerism. The institute will consist of monthly workshops on leadership methods, decision making skills, goal setting, public speaking, civic engagement, and volunteerism. Young women will engage in interactive activities that will help them explore their own strengths and cultivate their leadership abilities. The program will run from January throughout the semester leading up to a graduation ceremony in May. Members will gain valuable leadership and communication skills, earn community service hours, connect with mentors and enhance their college applications. REGISTER: To register for the institute, call (915) 219-8554 or email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com. For more information about Latinitas, visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

BE YOUNIQUE SELF-ESTEEM MOTHER & DAUGHTER ACADEMY
February 1st & 15 from 10:00am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Girls and moms are invited to join us for a series of creative expression workshops aimed at encouraging confidence building and bonding. Mom and daughter teams are invited to join us for a workshop series with hands-on activities on self-esteem, body image, bullying, wellness & inner beauty. This workshop provides a safe space where girls can express themselves and boost their confidence. Upcoming Workshops: Healthy Chica: March 1 & 15, College Chica: April 5 & 26. Each workshop is $5 per person. Discounts available for signing up for multiple workshops. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

CREATIVE CHICAS SATURDAY CLASSES
Art Series – February 8 & 22 from 12:30-2:30pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
In these digital arts workshops, girls gain skills related to photography, film and multimedia arts as they boost their self-esteem and express themselves creatively. Girls in grades 4-8 will come home with a project as unique as she is – and the confidence to effectively apply her new skills. Using images, words, video, photos and art girls will learn important communication skills, tell their story and gain self-confidence. Upcoming Workshops: Video: March 8 & 22, Photography: April 12 & 26. Each class is $6. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

YOUTH EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD – Applications Due February 10

Young Latinas who want to get published and develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to apply to be youth writers for Latinitas magazine. Latinitas serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth. Youth writers will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about.

For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com Apply Now: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/youth-editors

CLUB LATINITAS: START A CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL

Latinitas collaborates to offer weekly after-school programs focusing on promoting confidence among local girls through hands-on creative expression lessons at local libraries, community centers, schools and housing communities. To start a club at your school, contact us at 915.219.8554 or 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 latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915) 282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

El Paso November 2013 NEWSLETTER

El Paso November 2013 NEWSLETTER

Upcoming Events

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:

http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

For more information contact Latinitas at 219.8554 or 282.5639, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.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.

FALL HIGHLIGHTS
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:

http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities

To apply, submit your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
Contact Us

Contact Information
phone: (915)219-8554
(915)282-5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso TX, 79935

El Paso Program Bulletin November 2013

NOVEMBER PROGRAMS & EVENTS
(EL PASO, TX)

FALL PROGRAMS – NOW ENROLLING
To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration.

HEALTHY CHICA SPA & WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
MOTHER & DAUGHTER SESSIONS

Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 11:30am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX
For girls ages 9-15
Girls and moms are invited to join us for health & wellness workshops. Relax and rejuvenate with fun activities like yoga and zumba, and discussions on nutrition, confidence, teen development, fitness and ways to de-stress. Each session is $5 per person or a discounted rate of $25 covers 4 consecutive classes for a mother/daughter team. A limited number of scholarships are available. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

FREE SATURDAY CAMP
November 9 from 12:30-2:30pm
Judge Marquez Public Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
Girls in grades 4-8 will explore ways to express themselves creatively through arts and crafts. 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

JOIN A FREE AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB
Club Meets Weekly at Irving Schwartz Public Library (1865 Dean Martin Dr.)
Every Friday from 4:30-6:00pm
Our girl empowerment clubs help girls foster a positive self-esteem, build confidence and gain cultural pride through creative multimedia expression. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitasrossie@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

AIM HIGH CONFERENCE
December 7 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Main Public Library Downtown (501 N. Oregon)
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. Pre-teen and teen girls are invited to explore their future careers at the Aim High Conference hosted by Latinitas in partnership with the American Association of University Women. The event will take place at the Main Public Library (501 N. Oregon) on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Aim High conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls with unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

CLUB LATINITAS: START A CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL
Latinitas collaborates to offer weekly after-school programs focusing on promoting confidence among local girls through hands-on creative expression lessons at local libraries, community centers, schools and housing communities. To start a club at your school, contact us at 915.219.8554 or 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.

YOUTH WRITERS WANTED
Young Latinas who want to get published and develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to apply to be youth writers for Latinitas magazine. Latinitas serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth. Youth writers will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about.
For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com

ABOUT LATINITAS
Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915)282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

El Paso October 2013 NEWSLETTER

Upcoming Events

THE LATINA LIST: Mujeres Making a Difference Awards
Due November 15
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Latina List is kicking off a call for nominations of local Latina leaders who are making an impact. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards will 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


VIDEO STAR – ACTING & FILM CLASSES

October 12, 19 & 26 from 10:00AM – 11:30AM
10935 Ben Crenshaw Suite #207
Attention Video Stars! Join us for acting & filmmaking Saturday Classes throughout October. These workshops are open to girls 9-13 interested in putting their creativity to the test, who want to make their video debut in front of the camera, or who want to learn behind the scenes work of a producer and camera woman. The workshop fee is $5 per class. A limited number of scholarships are available.

COLLEGE CHICA – Mother & Daughter Workshops
October 12, 19 & 26 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM
10935 Ben Crenshaw Suite #207
Throughout October, Latinitas will host a series of college prep workshops. Girls ages 9-18 along with their moms are invited to attend college prep workshops to help gain and foster an understanding of the college application process, admission essays, financial aid, and college preparation activities. A college student panel, guest speakers, and hands on activities will provide the foundation needed to jumpstart the academic pursuit in higher education. Each session is $10 for a mom and girl team; a limited number of scholarships are available.

HEALTHY CHICA – Self-Esteem & Wellness Mom&Daughter Workshops
November 2, 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 $10 for a mom and girl team; a limited number of scholarships are available.

ART SATURDAY CLASSES
November 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 10:00AM-11:30AM
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Latinitas offers weekly creative expression classes to help girls build confidence as they learn creative ways to express themselves through visual arts and crafts. The workshop fee is $5 per class. A limited number of scholarships are available.

REGISTER NOW: Sign up here http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

For more information contact Latinitas at 219.8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso.

Program Spotlight: Mother & Daughter Workshops

This fall, Latinitas has been hosting a series of Mother and Daughter Workshops. The first BeYOUnique Mother and Daughter Workshops were held in September introducing self-esteem and bullying prevention tips. These Mother & Daughter sessions offer an opportunity for bonding over fun confidence-building activities. Girls and moms work as a team to build the foundation for positive and effective dialogue. Upcoming sessions will focus on college preparation in October and health and wellness in November.

For more information on our upcoming College Chica: Mother and Daughter workshops, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

Support Latinitas: Print Magazine Campaign

Latinitas Magazine is printing for the first time in a slick traditional
paper format. Support our kickstarter campaign to help fund our print magazine edition. 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. These magazines will be distributed to libraries, schools and community centers with your help of the printing! Donate now to support an empowering magazine by and for Latina girls. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/latinitas/latinitas-magazine-print-edition

If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

Event Spotlight: Be YOUnique Workshop (New Mexico)

In August, girls in the Dona Ana County region of New Mexico were invited to join Latinitas for a day of girl power! The popular Be YOUnique workshops helped girls at the Organ Community Resource Center gain self-confidence, develop a positive body image and learn about media literacy. Girls tapped into their creativity and created their very own advice columns for girls struggling with body image. The vibrant personalities of these fabulous chicas shined through the artwork they designed representing their own reflections of confidence. Girls also watched a documentary about body image issues teens face, engaged in discussions about healthy ways to boost their self-esteem, wrote poetry about their own inner beauty and produced an audio public service announcement with their empowering messages for their peers.

HOST A BE YOUNIQUE WORKSHOP: Latinitas is available to host similar self-esteem and media literacy workshops for schools and community groups. To reserve a workshop for your group, contact Latinitas at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Moreno and Dominique Gonzalez

Stephanie Moreno and Dominique Gonzalez were the masterminds in leading and coordinating some of Latinitas girl empowerment programs this summer.

Stephanie Moreno is an outstanding volunteer and former Club Leader. Stephanie aided with the Smart Chica Camp at local housing communities where she encouraged girls to reach their goals through career exploration and college preparation. She believes Club Latinitas and Latinitas workshops have made a tremendous impact on local youth, because it allows them to feel like a part of a group that really cares about them. “I loved being a Club Leader and watching the girls grow and mature. I especially liked that they told me and the other volunteers that we are their role models,” exclaims Stephanie proudly.

Like Stephanie, Dominique Gonzalez is a valued Latinitas member. Her leadership and vibrant personality make her a positive role model for other girls. She organized a series of Saturday Creative Expression Classes on a weekly basis where she encouraged girls to express themselves as they explored photography, filmmaking and art. She is passionate about writing and is the editor for the Youth Editorial Advisory Board, as well as a top contributor to Latinitasmagazine.org. When asked to share advice to younger girls, she says: “Advice I can give to other girls is to never allow other people to tell you who you are. Every girl needs to search within and discover who they are, especially Latinas. We can’t give into stereotypes and let them define us. I believe learning to love yourself as you are and appreciating where you came from are the most rewarding accomplishments for a Latina.”

Latinitas Internships
Become a Latinitas Intern! Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Fall 2013 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: http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities To apply, submit your resume to latinitasrossie@yahoo.com

Intern Spotlight: Summer Interns

Maribel Padilla, a Latinitas Club Leader, is a volunteer superstar. She obtained her degree in Digital Film Making from New Mexico State University. “I feel like film is a powerful form of media and I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell,” she shares.

Her advice for younger Latinas is to “Get involved in as many extra-curricular activities. Colleges like students who like to get involved. ”

Bianca Castrejon, a Club Leader and Outreach Intern, is pursing a degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso. “I chose Social Work as my major because I want to help those going through hard times in their lives and make it easier to get through,” she shares. Latinitas is glad to have her on board as a UTEP work study student this Fall!

Her words of wisdom to young girls is to not let intimidation scare or shy them away from their goals.

A Bookkeeping guru and a member of Beta Psi, Arely Giner Gonzalez contributed her skills to managing and generating financial documents. Arely, an Accounting student at the University of Texas at El Paso, believes”obtaining an internship is crucial toward succeeding in college.

Her advice to young girls is to attend college, because “college is best decision that you can take.”

A keen-eye for photography, Istiban Morales was the principal photographer during the summer. Istiban, a Media Advertising student at the University of Texas at El Paso, says ” The desire to grow as a professionally, to be a respected person, and to have knowledge in things that will help in life” are what fuels his passion to continue his education.

His advice to today’s youth is to keep working on their studies and to remember that effort that is done will be well paid in the end.

Maria M. Cortes, a Computer Science student at the University of Texas at El Paso, shared her talents as a Graphic Design Intern this summer. When asked why she loves her major, she shares: “I believe what we do is magical, of course everyone can think their major is unique, but mine is much more unique, because we learn and build what is inside of almost everything we touch, that is just great.”

“Never give up. If someone tells you that you can’t do it, show them you can. Just never lose hope,” advises Maria.

Contact Us
Contact Information
phone: (915)219-8554
(915)282-5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso TX, 79935

El Paso Program Bulletin October 2013

OCTOBER PROGRAMS & EVENTS
(EL PASO, TX)

FALL PROGRAMS – NOW ENROLLING
To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration.

COLLEGE CHICA MOTHER & DAUGHTER WORKSHOPS
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 11:30am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX
For girls ages 9-15
Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life. Girls will have an opportunity to meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education, participate in activities to start preparing for college and tour the UTEP campus. Each course series is $25 and covers 4 consecutive classes for a mother/daughter team or $10 per session per team. The next mother daughter series will focus on health & wellness throughout November. To register, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 915.219.8554, or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

VIDEO IDOL SATURDAY CLASSES
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 10-11:30am
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX
For girls ages 9-15
Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek to make their own video production. Have you ever watched a TV show wondering what goes on behind the scenes? Get ready for an audio-visual adventure. Pre-teen and teen girls will practice writing a script, acting, working a video camera and make your video debut. To register, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 915.219.8554, or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

FREE SATURDAY CAMP
October 12 from 12:30-2:30pm
Judge Marquez Public Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
Girls in grades 4-8 will explore ways to express themselves creatively through arts and crafts. 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

CLUB LATINITAS: START A CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL
Latinitas collaborates to offer weekly after-school programs focusing on promoting confidence among local girls through hands-on creative expression lessons 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. To start a club at your school, contact us at 915.219.8554 or 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.

YOUTH WRITERS WANTED
Young Latinas who want to get published and develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to apply to be youth writers for Latinitas magazine. Latinitas serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth. Youth writers will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about.
For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com

ABOUT LATINITAS
Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915)282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

El Paso Program Bulletin September 2013

SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS & EVENTS
(EL PASO, TX)

FALL PROGRAMS – NOW ENROLLING
To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration.

BE YOUNIQUE SELF-ESTEEM MOTHER & DAUGHTER WORKSHOPS
Saturday, September 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 10-11:30am
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX
For girls ages 9-15
Pre-teen and teen girls along with their moms are invited to join us for a series of workshops aimed at encouraging 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. This workshop series features hands-on workshops on self-esteem, confidence, media literacy, body image, wellness and beauty. To combat photoshopping trends in teen magazines and promote a healthy body image among girls, Latinitas is hosting this workshop with sessions aimed at promoting girl power, fostering confidence, encouraging media literacy, promoting self-expression and celebrating inner and outer beauty. Each course series is $25 and covers 4 consecutive classes for a mother/daughter team or $10 per session per team. To register, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 915.219.8554, or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration


YOUTH EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

Deadline to apply: September 9th, 2013
Young Latinas who want to get published and develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to apply to the Youth Editorial Advisory Board, an online writing program for girls between the ages of 13-25. The program will run from September 10th to December 31st. YEAB serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth across the country. YEAB members will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about. To apply, fill out an online application: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/youth-editors
For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com

FREE SATURDAY CAMP
September 14 from 12:30-2:30pm
Judge Marquez Public Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
Girls in grades 4-8 will explore ways to express themselves creatively through arts and crafts. 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

GIRLS MAKING MEDIA WORKSHOP
Saturday, September 28 from 10am – 2:30pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
The workshop is aimed at empowering girls to express themselves through a series of hands-on workshops on film-making, web design, radio production, zine publishing and photography. Local girls ages 10-17 are invited to look behind the scenes and discover the media trade with a career panel of media professional and hands-on media production workshops. Latinitas volunteers who are media-minded career professionals will train girls how to use their own experiences and digital technology to create their own media. Girls will learn to star in a video, design a web site, write for a teen magazine, be a radio DJ, and snap digital photos like the pros. Girls will get an insider’s view of the careers of local journalists and new anchors. The workshop fee is $15 and includes lunch. To register, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 915.219.8554, or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

CLUB LATINITAS: START A CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL
Latinitas collaborates to offer weekly after-school programs focusing on promoting confidence among local girls through hands-on creative expression lessons 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. To start a club at your school, contact us at 915.219.8554 or 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.

TEEN INTERNSHIPS
Writers & Multimedia Interns Wanted
August-December (80 Hour Minimum)
Latinitas Headquarters (10935 Ben Crenshaw #207)
Girls in Grades 9-12
Latinitas Magazine is currently accepting applications for high school multimedia interns. Latinitas is the first digital magazine by and for U.S. Latina youth. The award-winning digital magazine is published monthly on-line with articles about culture, entertainment, profiles and youth issues. From quinces to dating, advice to fashion and wellness to culture, Latinas focuses on topics related to being a Latina teen today. High school girls interested in developing their writing and multimedia skills and getting published in LatinitasMagazine.com are invited to apply by submitting their resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

ABOUT LATINITAS
Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915)282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

El Paso August 2013 NEWSLETTER


Upcoming Events

Be YOUnique Self-Esteem Mother & Daughter Workshops:
Saturday, September 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 10-11:30am
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX
For girls ages 9-15
Pre-teen and teen girls along with their moms are invited to join us for a series of workshops aimed at encouraging 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. This workshop series features hands-on workshops on self-esteem, confidence, media literacy, body image, wellness and beauty. To combat photoshopping trends in teen magazines and promote a healthy body image among girls, Latinitas is hosting this workshop with sessions aimed at promoting girl power, fostering confidence, encouraging media literacy, promoting self-expression and celebrating inner and outer beauty. Each course series is $25 and covers 4 consecutive classes for a mother/daughter team or $10 per session per team. To register, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 915.219.8554, or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration


Youth Editorial Advisory Board

Deadline to apply: September 9th, 2013
Young Latinas who want to develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to apply to the Youth Editorial Advisory Board, an online writing program for girls between the ages of 13-25. The program will run from September 10th to December 31st. YEAB serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth across the country. YEAB members will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about. To apply, fill out an online application: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/youth-editors
For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com

Girls Making Media Workshop
Saturday, September 28 from 10am – 2pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
The workshop is aimed at empowering girls to express themselves through a series of hands-on workshops on film-making, web design, radio production, zine publishing and photography. Local girls ages 10-17 are invited to look behind the scenes and discover the media trade with a career panel of media professional and hands-on media production workshops. Latinitas volunteers who are media-minded career professionals will train girls how to use their own experiences and digital technology to create their own media. Girls will learn to star in a video, design a web site, write for a teen magazine, be a radio DJ, and snap digital photos like the pros. Girls will get an insider’s view of the careers of local journalists and new anchors. The workshop fee is $10 and includes lunch. To register, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, call 915.219.8554, or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

THE LATINA LIST

Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Latina List is accepting nominations of local Latina leaders who are making an impact. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon will be held on November 8th 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/elpasogiving

Member Spotlight: Gladys and Destanee

Two outstanding members of Latinitas are Gladys Acosta and Destanee Saucedo. As Peer Leaders for our Summer Camps, these teens have big dreams and a bright future ahead of them. Both participated in the Latinitas Teen Media Academy and used their training to help younger girls as volunteer mentors in our summer camps.

Gladys, a student at Valle Verde Early College, is an enthusiastic and ambitious Communications major (emphasis on broadcast journalism and political communications). She is passionate about media and her career goals are to graduate with a masters degree in Communications and start working with a local TV station. She aspires to one day work at a national TV station, such as CNN or ABC.

Destanee Saucedo, a Senior at Hanks high school, is passionate about women’s rights, empowering local youth and making a difference in her community. A member of Youth for Christ, theatre, and College Ready Club, she has big dreams for her future and plans on attending Dallas Baptist University to major in Special Education. When she is not busy with school, she loves painting and arts and crafts.


Program Spotlight: Summer Camps

Through June to August, Latinitas hosted a series of Summer Camps. Each week was dedicated to a theme aimed toward providing a forum of self-expression through workshops, guest speakers, and field trips. The Summer Camp festivities kicked off with the Fashion Star Camp. For the young fashionistas, they learned fashion tips and how to accessorize as well as the importance of self-esteem and body image. To show-off what they learned, the girls practiced their modeling skills in a photo-shoot. Now that they tested their modeling skills, it was time to move on to the next step, Hollywood, at the Cinema Chica camp.

Lights, camera, action! The Cinema Chica Camp gave a behind-the-scenes experience of the technology and acting techniques used to produce television and film. During this camp, the girls learned about acting, drama, script-writing, film-making, pre and post production. Girls received acting and dancing tips from talented leading ladies, took a tour of a local TV station and had a hands-on-approach in creating their own films and PSAs.

The following week kicked off the Multimedia Arts Summer Camp. In this camp, girls took on several art projects led by local artists, as well as learned about the importance of expressing themselves creatively. Chicas handled tough subjects like bullying and unhealthy relationships. The highlight of the camp was the mural with an eco-friendly message. Latinitas partnered with Dave Herrera’s BYPASO (Border Youth Public Art Space Outreach) Project which strives to enrich our community through art projects and mentoring inspiring artist from all walks of life. For the mural project, girls brainstormed and sketched the design on paper. Dave transferred it onto the mural and this is where the fun began.

Samantha, Multimedia Arts Summer Camp attendee, shared her thoughts on the camp: ”

This week in the camp I learned ways in which people can express themselves through art. We worked on a mural, and this was a great experience, because we all worked as a team, and painted a nice mural. Later on, we visited a museum, and there I learned how artists get to express their thoughts on a canvas.”

The final camp, Be Younique: Spa & Wellness Camp, focused on self-esteem, health, wellness and spa activities. Girls enjoyed self-care activities such as art, spa treatments, creative writing, yoga, dance, fitness activities, nutrition guidance and much more. Girls learned about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and that it’s fun to stay active.

Latinitas would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, interns, staff, and guest speakers for making the summer camps a success. The summer camp fun does not end! Check out the multimedia workshops offered throughout the year. Club Latinitas will kick off in September.

For more information on Club Latinitas, e-mail latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com and 915.219.8554.

Event Spotlight: Aim High Workshop

The Aim High Workshop was hosted on August 9th atAim High workshop
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in partnership with the Association of Women in Science – El Paso Chapter. The workshop was 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. Girls were invited to explore their future careers by listening to an informative career panel of leading women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math as well as touring the University Medical Center and the Texas Tech campus thanks to support from AWIS.


Partner Spotlight: Girl Scouts Take Action Club

Latinitas and Girl Scouts teamed up this summer to host Take Action Clubs. Girl Scouts Desert Southwest (GSDS) provides services andGirl Scouts programs to West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Open to all girls ages 5-17 who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law, programs and services provided by the GSDS promote leadership, community service, confidence, courage, and diversity. As part of these Take Action clubs, local girls were invited to explore creative ways to express themselves and help the community through media advocacy projects. During the summer, girls ages 9-15 participated in Latinitas creative expression activities as they earned Girl Scouts badges and completed service projects to combat issues like bullying, stereotypes and environmental concerns.

For more information on the Take Action Clubs, e-mail latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 9195.219.8554

Volunteer Spotlight: Guest Speakers and Camp Leaders

As a volunteer-driven organization, volunteers guest speakers play an essential part of our group and help further our mission of empowering and inspiring young Latina girls to succeed. From presentations by local media personalities and artists to field trips to media stations, summer camp attendees benefited from numerous workshops dedicated to inspiring girls to start planning for their future. The workshops would not have been successful without the lectures, activities and thought-provoking speeches provided by the following guest speakers:

Josie Toquinto- Hairstylist; Ashley Garner- Miss Texas Latina; Lizette Martinez- Jewelry Workshop and Natural Make-Up; Marcela Salmon- Actress, Writer and Producer; Melissa Rivas- Dance Workshop, dancer from Viva! El Paso; Aide Romero- Actress from Viva! El Paso; Proper Printshop; Lakadore Store; Whitney Burbank- KVIA Reporter; Dorian Clouser- Artist; Adriana Valles- Reporter; Brenda Reyes & Victor Acosta- Despierta El Paso TV Show; Laura Werthmann- Yoga Class; Jessica Saucedo- Zumba Class; Karen Muniz- Crossfit Class; Samantha Minten- Inner Beauty Workshop; Heather Marrone- Music Video Choreography; Telemundo Studios; 104.3 Hit FM; KCOS TV Studios; Estela Casas, KVIA News Anchor; Tejano Tribune Newspaper; EPCC Radio Station; Dr. Carr- Media Professor; Bali Day Spa- Dolores Garcia; Yaisah Granillo- Video Production; Maribel Padilla- Film Workshop; Lily Gonzalez- YWCA- Youth Leadership Coordinator; Media Panel: Krystal Lee, Meteorologist; Sandra Ramirez, Reporter; Rosy Zugasti, Reporter; Ashlie Rodriguez, Reporter; Denise Olivas, Reporter, Monica Uribe Ortiz NPR Reporter, Liza Garibay UTEP Writer, Alex Hinojosa, El Paso Times Reporter.
Un gran abrazo para todos, thank you!

Support Latinitas: School Supply Drive


Latinitas Back to School Supply Drive:

Latinitas is organizing a school supply drive to benefit deserving girls enrolled in our after-school programs. Donations of binders, notebooks, paper, scissors, paper, markers, pens, glue sticks, color pencils and other basic art supplies are being collected at the Latinitas headquarters – 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207. From August 1st until September 30th donations will be collected.
If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

Latinitas Internships

Become a Latinitas Intern!

Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Fall 2013 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: http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities

To apply, submit your resume to latinitasrossie@yahoo.com


Intern Spotlight: Editorial Interns

Rachel Jackson

A Sophomore at Pomona College, Rachel is studying Politics and plans on attending law school after graduation. When she’s not busy studying you can find Rachel working at the Queer Resource Center doing fun, inclusive programming for LGBTQ students, mentoring first-years, and helping tutor students on their academic writing. A charismatic blogger for MyLatinitas.com, she is one of MyLatinitas.com recent top contributors. “I wanted to work with Latinitas to build my voice and my ability to tell the truth about my life and community so as to make space for other Latinas to develop their own voices,” says Rachel. Her advice for girls is to “Go easy on yourself. Growing up is about making mistake and messing up and we as a community should value failure just as much as we value success. Don’t be hard on yourself, you are powerful.”

Lizette Martinez

Lizette, a Creative Writing major at New Mexico State University, aspires to one day form her own non-profit benefiting the El Paso community. A passion for literature and writing, Lizette started writing as a means of escape when she was in the first grade. “I have to admit that literature is more of a way of life to me than anything else,” says Lizette. When she’s not curled up reading a book, she enjoys writing, crafting, and gardening during her free time. A crafty chica, Lizette led DIY workshops during the Latinitas Fashion Camp this summer. Her advice for younger chicas is to “Read, love yourself, and keep and open mind.”

Coral Rey

Coral, a French major at the University of Texas at El Paso, is also a Translation intern for Latinitas. An ambitious Chica, she enjoys music performance and plans on attending Graduate school after graduating. She is a singer/pianist in in Layali Al-Sham, an Arabic musical ensemble at the University of Texas at El Paso. “Aside from music performance, French is my passion. I love the literature, film, and language. I have been studying French since I was 12 and have continued since,” shares Coral. Her advice for younger girls: “Don’t internalize everything you see and hear. Some girls, boys, and even adults are going to do and say things to you that aren’t nice. Don’t believe them. Don’t let mean comments about you bring you down; they thrive on that. Surround yourself with people who are good for you and to you: this includes people who you can confide in and trust, good friends, family, people from a club/organization you’re in, it can be anyone.”

Contact Us

Contact Information
phone: (915)219-8554
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

www.LatinitasMagazine.org
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso TX, 79935

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