The day of media and technology workshops aims to help Young Latinas realize that college is attainable
DALLAS, Tex. (April 12, 2013) – Latinitas, the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas, is partnering with Dallas-based Latinas Inspiring Vision and Excellence (L.I.V.E.) for a fun day of digital media education centered around college attainment, financing and culture.
Girls ages 9-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ inaugural Dallas College Chica conference, which will include workshops, a college student panel at lunch and a local keynote speaker presenting on the value of academic pursuit.
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.
Latinitas, a national 501(c)3 non-profit, is hosting the Dallas College Chica Conference on May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30pm at the Eastfield College Pleasant Grove Campus at 802 South Buckner. The event is free and no previous digital media experience is required. Visit https://latinitas.ticketbud.com/latinitas-college-chica-dallas or call 469.834.3766 to register.
College Chica is Latinitas’ signature conference and will be traveling to Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and El Paso, Tex. throughout the year. Young Latinas are suffering the highest rates of school drop out of all their peers and College Chica is a direct effort to curb those statistics by demystifying the college experience for Hispanics and other youth.
Established in 2002 by Laura Donnelly-Gonzalez and Alicia Rascon, Latinitas aims to empower young Latinas through media and technology. The 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization has been a vital part of young Latinas’ lives through after-school programs, teen internships, Saturday and Summer camps, special events, and the very first on-line e-zine for young Latinas—www.latinitasmagazine.org. The bilingual magazine – written for and by young Latinas – provides a vehicle whereby these girls and young women not only see themselves positively reflected, but are also a part of the production.
• served over 20,000 elementary, middle and high school Latinas through its after-school enrichment programs and spring and summer camps
• published over 1,500 empowering articles for and by Hispanic girls and teens
• incorporated mentors, interns and community partners to enrich the program and provide positive role models for the girls
• expanded to ten cities and opened a new office in El Paso
• developed a Teen Reporter in Training program for high school students
• approximately 35,000 readers per month accessing www.latinitasmagazine.org.
L.I.V.E. (Latinas Inspiring Vision and Excellence) Inc. has blossomed into a place for girls to bond with other girls and to increase their social skills. Girls can practice speaking in front of an audience and learn how to present their own creations.