Latinitas Celebrate Women in History (El Paso, TX)

 

WHAT: International Women’s Day Celebration

WHEN: March 7 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: 7000 Edgemere

WHO: The event is open to girls ages 10-17 along with their moms.

WHY: Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.laslatinitas.com

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Girl empowerment comes to UTEP – Prospector Feature

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Girl empowerment comes to UTEP

 The college chica workshop will be held Feb.21 at the Mike Loya Services building.

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Julia Hettiger, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2015
Filed under Entertainment

Latinitas, an organization that works  to empower young Latina girls, will be collaborating with UTEP to host their College Chica Workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to explain the importance of college through campus visits, presentations and other activities.

The event will take place on Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mike Loya Academic Services building. Girls ages nine to  17 are encouraged to attend and learn about the importance of education.

“We want girls to walk away inspired to focus on education and to give them the tools they need to get ready for college early,” said Alicia Rascon, co founder of Latinitas.

The girls who attend the workshop will have the opportunity to meet with college mentors and interview professional women with college degrees.

“The workshops will give girls a breakdown of the steps needed to apply for college and how they can start preparing throughout middle and high school to get ready for college,” Rascon said.

There will be workshops to help girls prepare financially for college by covering the basics of financial aid.

“We will also help girls in planning how they can fund their college education through financial aid and scholarships,” Rascon said.

Participants will go on a tour of UTEP and meet with student leaders, giving them the chance to ask questions and get hands-on experience from current college students.

They will also work in teams to create public service announcements to help share the importance of college with their peers.

Rascon and her colleagues at Latinitas hope to recruit 100 girls from middle and high schools in the El Paso area for the event.

“Latinitas offers numerous outreach programs to help empower girls to build confidence, discover their voice and grow as leaders,” Rascon said.

The College Chica Workshops offer many other programs and activities to encourage girls to be leaders and take charge in many aspects of their lives.

“We host monthly girl empowerment programs and offer ongoing after-school programs in partnership with local schools and community centers,” Rascon said.

Latinitas will also be having an event titled Viva la Mujer as a celebration for Women’s History Month on Mar. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Café Mayapan at 2000 Texas Ave. They will also be collaborating with the UTEP Women in Business Association to host their Girl Power Fest in April.

Latinitas is located at 215 N. Mesa. For more information, call 915-219-8554.

Julia Hettiger may be reached at the prospectordaily.ent@gmail.com.

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College Chica Prepares Girls for Higher Education (El Paso, TX)

COLLEGE CHICA PREPARES GIRLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

WHAT:  College Chica is a full-day conference centered around college attainment. The event will feature college prep workshops, a college student panel and keynote speakers presenting on the value of academic pursuit.

 

WHO: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ College Chica conference. The event is co-hosed by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas, and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement.

 

WHEN: February 21 from 10am-2pm

 

WHERE: UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building

 

WHY: Young Latinas are suffering the highest rates of school drop out of all their female peers and College Chica is a direct effort to curb those statistics by demystifying the college experience. Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. Sessions on video production, photography and blogging will feature investigative activities on why college is important, what it is like and how to afford it.

 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Latinitas 915.219.8554, or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

Healthy Chica Promotes Confidence & Wellness (El Paso, TX)

HEALTHY CHICA WORKSHOP PROMOTES HEALTHY CHOICES, NUTRITION, FITNESS & WELLNESS

WHAT:  Healthy Chica is a workshop centered around health and wellness featuring fitness activities, yoga, dance demonstrations, wellness workshops and a health professional panel.

 

WHO: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ Healthy conference. The event is co-hosed by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas, and the El Paso First Health Plans.

 

WHEN: January 31 from 10am to 3pm

 

WHERE: El Paso First Health Plans – 1145 Westmoreland

 

WHY: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to join us for a day of girl power featuring inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops promoting health, wellness and confidence. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, a session on healthy eating and a dance lesson. Join us for creative expression activities that will help girls de-stress, relax and rejuvenate.

 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Latinitas 915.219.8554, or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

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Business Leaders Inspire Girls (El Paso, TX)

WHO: The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local girls, in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17.

WHAT: The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century.

WHERE: Southwest University Auditorium

WHEN: December 13 from 10am-3pm

WHY: Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. It will feature girl-friendly, unique hands-on workshops, motivational speeches, interactive activities, exhibits and inspiring career presentations. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet role models in different fields and learn more about careers in those fields.

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Latinitas Code Chica Conference (Austin, TX)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2014

      Contact: Lindsay Ketchum or Whitney Herrick

(512) 472-9599

lketchum@echristianpr.com or wherrick@echristianpr.com

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Latinitas to Host Code Chica Conference

Hackathon-Style Workshops Aim to Excite Girls About Coding in Conjunction with Google’s Made with Code Initiative

WHAT:   Latinitas, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering Latina youth through

technology and media, is hosting its first Code Chica Conference. Girls and teens at the

conference will receive lessons in code languages, brainstorm a project to apply such

skills and then will carry out the project implementation in a hackathon style with the

help of experienced coders.

This event is backed by Made with Code, a movement started by Google to inspire millions of girls to try coding and to help young women see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. 


WHY:    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school go to college, there will be one million more computer science jobs than computer scientists to fill them. When we look at the number of girls and women pursuing that career path, things look bleak. Less than one percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science in college and the American Association of University Women reports only 19 percent of computer and information-science majors are currently women. When you put the lens on Hispanic women, that number shrinks to 1 percent.

To combat the current underrepresentation of women in the tech industry, Latinitaswith support from Google’s Made with Code, developed the Code Chica Conference with the aim of getting girls excited about coding and sparking an interest in tech jobs.

During lunch, notable women of color from the technology industry will visit attendees.

Cost: $15 (includes lunch), open to ANY girl or teen between the ages of 9 and 18; discounts available for families. FREE for participants of Latinitas.

Register online at https://latinitas.ticketbud.com/code-chica-conference, or call (512) 900-0304.

WHO:  Latinitas Code Chica Conference

Event partners include Google’s Made with Code, SXSW Interactive, MakerSquare, an Austin-based coding education company, Dell and Blackbaud, Inc.

This program is made possible by a recent grant from Google.

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Austin Community College Eastview Campus
              3401 Webberville Road
              Austin, TX 78702

Tejano Tribune Feature

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October 22, 2014
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Ballet Folklorico Flor y Canto performing at Day of the Girl Festival.

For the first time in El Paso, college women from EPCC, along with local organizations such as Latinitas and LULAC, got together to organize the Day of the Girl Festival on Oct. 11.“We have several EPCC students that volunteered with us for this event,” said Alicia Rascon, Latinitas executive director.

“We collaborated a lot with the Service Learning department.”

“It focuses on bringing awareness of issues affecting girls.”

The purpose of the festival was also to highlight resources for girls and to promote community activities.

It helped some EPCC students on their college courses by giving them extra credit and some experience.

“I needed extra credit in two of my courses and that is why I volunteered,” said EPCC student, Marisela Ramirez.

 

“It is helpful because it will help me raise my grade and besides, you get to help out the community.”

 

The festival included musical entertainment, dance performances and interactive activities.

 

Hispanic girls are on the top numbers of high school dropouts and the festival was made to give the community the awareness of what’s happening with girls in El Paso and EPCC.

 

“Equality is very important, it is important that all children have equal access and equal opportunities,” Rascon said.

 

“Right now, we are not necessarily guaranteeing that for a lot of girls.”

 

Girls from El Paso were offered the opportunity to speak up on various issues.

 

“There are parts of the world where girls are just not allowed to have any education at all,” Rascon said.

 

“I think it is important to take a stand against that.”

 

Girls Aim High at STEM Conference (El Paso, TX)

LOCAL WOMEN LEADERS MOTIVATE GIRLS TO AIM HIGH

Aim High Conference Features Leadership, Career & STEM Workshops

 

WHAT: Aim High Conference: Girls are given the opportunity to experience a real job mentored by professionals in this leadership and career workshop.



 

WHEN: November 1 from 10am-2pm

 

WHERE: 7000 Edgemere

 

WHO: Latinitas will be hosting the Aim High Conference, a special workshop about empowering Latina youth. The Aim High conference is created especially for girls in the 4th through 8th grades with unique hands-on workshops, exhibits and panels.

 

WHY: 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. Girls are invited to imagine their future career and meet role models. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Aim High Conference is hosted by Latinitas and the American Association of University Women.

 

COST: This event is free.

 

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit LatinitasMagazine.org.

 

ABOUT LATINITAS: Latinitas is a non-profit promoting Latina youth empowerment through media and technology. Through multimedia enrichment programs, Latinitas empowers local girls to express themselves and connects them with role models and mentors who guide them in building their confidence and self-esteem. Latinitas members publishes www.latinitasmagazine.org, a bilingual digital magazine focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident and successful women.

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LATINITAS SEEKS TO AWARD 20 UNDER 20

Latinitas, a non-profit organization working to empower young Latinas through media and technology, is searching for 20 Latinas under the age of 20 to be featured in their online magazine. Latinitas Magazine is the first digital magazine made for and by Latina youth. Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders across the country for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers.  A wave of young talented Latinas are ready to become the future leaders of America.  We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change.

Latinitas was founded in 2002 by several students at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Latinitas has been able to host after school programs, workshops, and summer camps throughout El Paso and Austin, Texas. Alicia Rascon, CEO and Co-Founder of Latinitas says, “Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with powerful Latinas and being inspired by young leaders through the many programs we host. The 20 Under 20 Award is our way of recognizing the accomplishments of these amazing girls. Media has had it’s way with it’s negative portrayal of Latinas, it’s time to eradicate these stereotypes and shine some positive light on the Latina community.”

Laura Donnelly-Gonzalez, Co-Founder and COO  of Latinitas, explains “Latinitas focuses on equipping young Latinas with the skills, attitude, and opportunities to succeed in all areas where the Latina population has been underrepresented and misrepresented. Through the 20 Under 20 Awards, we wish to not only honor the accomplishments of strong Latinas everywhere, but to motivate others to follow in their footsteps.”

Latinitas calls for sponsors, relatives, coaches, teachers, and volunteer organizations to nominate young Latinas who are involved in their community, excel in academics and extracurricular activities, and uphold character and cultural awareness. Applications will be accepted through October 15 and can be accessed online at:  http://laslatinitas.com/20-latinitas-under-20

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ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas through media and technology. We publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first and premier digital magazine for Hispanic girls and teens. The bilingual webzine is geared towards informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. A truly innovative aspect of Latinitas is that it serves as an online forum for girls to express themselves and publish their work. By hosting bilingual, bicultural, educational outreach workshops, camps, internships, retreats, conferences and after-school programs, Latinitas is inspiring and cultivating the next generation of Latina leaders. We connect girls with positive mentors and role models who encourage girls to build their self-esteem, confidence, leadership skills, cultural pride, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Girls Become Business Savvy with Entreprenuerial Mentors (El Paso, TX)

BUSINESS CHICA CONFERENCE

WHO: The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local girls, in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17.

WHAT: The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century.

WHERE: Southwest University

WHEN: December 6 from 10am-3pm

WHY: Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. It will feature girl-friendly, unique hands-on workshops, motivational speeches, interactive activities, exhibits and inspiring career presentations. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet role models in different fields and learn more about careers in those fields.

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