Media Divas Camp Encourages Girls to Express Themselves (El Paso, TX)

Local Girls Produce Their Own Media This Summer
Who: Girls ages 9-13 are invited to develop their media skills in this camp hosted by Latinitas and led by local media makers.
What: The Latinitas Media Divas Summer Camp is a full-week camp where girls learn how to create their own multimedia arts projects through  photography, writing, art, design, radio production and film-making.
Where: Latinitas El Paso Headquarters located at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX, 79935
When:  July 7 – July 31, Monday through Thursday from 10am-5pm
July 7-10 – Fashionista Camp
July 14-17 – Hollywood Camp
July 21-24 – Multimedia Arts Camp
July 28-31 – Be YOUnique Spa & Wellness
Why: This summer, girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Media Divas Summer Camp.  The camp features hands-on workshops led by local multimedia makers as well as tours of local TV and radio stations. Campers will create daily creative expression projects such as an art mural, poetry, photo essays and short films. Girls will explore careers in media, take field to media stations, connect with professional media mentors and create their own original media projects.  The camp is aimed at encouraging girls to build confidence, discover their voice and learn how the can get their voice heard and make an impact through media.

How: To register, call 915.219.8554, email or visit  Participants can register for the full-week or daily. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Girl Power Fest Inspires Leaders (El Paso, TX)

WHAT: Girl Power Fest is a girl empowerment conference featuring inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a teen resource fair on the topics of girl power, confidence, body image and leadership.

WHO: The event is hosted by the Latinitas Teen Leadership Institute & Women in Business Association and is open to girls 10 to 18.

WHERE: UTEP Union East

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 (10AM-3:30PM)

WHY: The focus of the event is to encourage 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. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment. A limited number of scholarships are available and group discounts may apply.

HOW: Get your tickets now:


Butterfly Effect Benefit (El Paso, TX)


Alicia Rascon


El Paso, TX – The “Butterfly Effect Benefit” scholarship fundraiser aims to pamper, feed, entertain, relax and delight mothers, daughters and guests. Latinitas will host this event celebrating mothers on May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the weekend before Mother’s Day, at the Wyndham Hotel by the airport El Paso. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door. The benefit is geared towards local female leaders.


The Butterfly Effect fundraiser will start off with a light brunch catered by the Wyndham Hotel, while live musical and dance performances provide entertainment. Guest speakers will share an inspirational message with guests. Manicures, mini-makeovers,and makeup consultations will all be available as part of the admission courtesy of Milan Cosmetology Institute and Milan Salon & Spa.


Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes and bid on a number of items in a silent auction.  As part of the celebration of mothers, Latinitas will also host an essay and poetry contest focused on Mother’s Day and the top winner will be recognized at the festivities. Dedicated to building the self-esteem and confidence of its girls, Latinitas will present a fashion show featuring clothing by local boutiques and modeled by Latinitas members. This special day of recognition offers the opportunity to honor mothers and motherly figures, to celebrate Latinitas’ services and commitment to the community, and to raise funds for their college scholarship campaign. Money is raised through admission fees, sponsorships, vendor booth fees, silent auction of themed gift baskets, and raffles for the Latinitas scholarship campaign.


Latinitas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Hispanic girls through media, art, culture and technology. Through creative expression workshops, after-school programs and camps, the girls build confidence about themselves and gain a higher self-esteem. Latinitas encourages girls to express themselves through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, graphic art, desktop publishing, web design, photography, filmmaking and radio production.  Positive mentors encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.  Latinitas youth members also produce, a digital empowerment magazine by and for Latina youth.


The Butterfly Effect mother-daughter fundraiser hopes to help Latinitas spread its wings of positive influence to reach more of the region’s girls by emphasizing the importance of creative expression and confidence during their metamorphosis into strong women. The event’s name reflects the organizations belief that together, big changes are possible.  Tickets are available at: For more information about the event, call 219-8554, email or visit


Mujeres Making a Difference Award (El Paso, TX)

WHAT: The Latina List Luncheon will present the Mujeres Making a Difference Awards

WHEN: February 7th at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Woman’s Club of El Paso (1400 N. Mesa)

WHY: The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon will give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well-being of the El Paso community. Proceeds from this charity luncheon will support Latinitas scholarships for the next generation of Latina youth leaders.

WHO: Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community and made a strong impact. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community.

HOW: Tickets are available online at:  For more information, contact Latinitas at 219.8554 or


Teen Leadership Institute Promotes Girl Power (El Paso, TX)

Latinitas Teen Leadership Institute Prepares High School Girls as Community Leaders

WHAT: Latinitas Teen Leadership Institute


WHEN:Kickoff Conference- January 25( 10am-4pm)


WHERE: Jose Cisneros Library (1300 Hawkins)


WHO: The Teen Leadership Institute is open to teen girls ages 13 and up.


WHY: 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.

APPLY: To apply, complete an online application: For more information, call (915) 219-8554 or email


Aim High Conference (El Paso, TX)

Aim High Conference Features Leadership & Career 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: December 7, 2013 ( 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Main Public Library (501 N. Oregon)

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 ages 9 and up 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.

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email or visit

ABOUT LATINITAS: Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Latina youth. 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, a bilingual webzine focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident and successful women.


Call for Nominations: Latina List Award (El Paso, TX)

WHO: The Latina List is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact in the border community in El Paso.

WHAT: Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community. 

WHERE: Nominations are being accepted throughout the greater El Paso/ Las Cruces region.

WHEN: The deadline for nominations is November 15th. The award luncheon will be held in February 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Woman’s Club of El Paso (1400 N. Mesa) with proceeds supporting scholarships for the next generation of Latina youth leaders.

WHY: The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon will give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community.


Tiara Tuesday Ladies Night Out for a Good Cause (El Paso, TX)


Tiara Tuesday at The View Benefits Latinitas’ Scholarship Fund 

What: All women from El Paso are invited to join us for Tiara Tuesday, a ladies night out for a good cause. Admission is $15 and includes a manicure by students from Milan Cosmetology Institute and a specialty drink.

Who: The event is co-hosted by the View Restaurant & Lounge, Milan Cosmetology Institute and the Alliance for Latinitas, a volunteer group of young professional women dedicated to promoting Latinitas’ mission of empowering local girls through volunteerism, fundraising, marketing and philanthropy.

When: October 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The View Restaurant & Lounge (4201 Camelot Heights, El Paso, TX)

Why: The Alliance for Latinitas in organizing the Tiara Tuesday FUNdraiser to benefit and sustain Latinitas’ various enrichment programs and workshops aimed at empowering young girls in the El Paso community. It’s an excellent opportunity for local women and their friends to get together, have fun, feel pampered and support the community at the same time. For more information, contact us at 915.219.8554 or

Launching a Latinitas Print Issue

AUSTIN, TX – Ten years ago when Latinitas began as the first and still only digital magazine made for and by young Latinas, trends pointed to a publishing world that was going entirely digital.  A decade later, a majority of Hispanic girls are still struggling for internet and technology access, still wedged in a digital divide because of cost and lack of bilingual content.

Understanding bicultural and bilingual print media is as relevant as ever for Latina youth, Latinitas launched its first Kickstarter campaign ending Oct 26th to cover costs of publishing its magazine in its first “slick” edition.  Backers will receive an actual copy and other Austin or El Paso, TX centric prizes, where Latinitas Magazine and outreach is based.  The current issue is focused on Latina health and wellness and will be 16 pages long.

Established in 2002, Latinitas, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology, 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 digital magazine for young Latinas— 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.  Latinitas programs have served more than 20,000 girls and teens with empowering lessons about culture, identity and media expression. has published over 1500 articles for and by girls and hosts its own social media network: with 1,000 registered users.
The magazine will be distributed overall to public and high school libraries in Latino-dominant cities in Texas such as Austin, El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio and New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.

Donate to the campaign here:



Latinitas to Host Inaugural Dallas College Chica Conference

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 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.

About Latinitas

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— 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.

Latinitas has:

• 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

About L.I.V.E.

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.

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