Latinitas Celebrates Women’s History Month with Blog-a-thon

Latinitas Announce Weeklong Blog-A-Thon

Calling all Latina bloggers to celebrate Women’s History Month! The nonprofit organization, Latinitas, is hosting a Blog-A-Thon March 1st-5th on www.MyLatinitas.com for the creative girls who want to #SpeakOut and share their creative voice during Women’s History Month. Each day will have a different blog topic.

Expressing themselves through writing is one of the best ways to incorporate their voice and show that Latina voices matter. Young Latinas are the largest group of minority girls and the fastest growing youth population in the United States, six times faster than their peers. Despite the power in numbers, the image and voice of Latinas is absent or often distorted in media. Women are often quieted from letting their true colors shine through their creativity.It’s time for Latinas to come together and share their creativity and show that Latinas will be a part of mainstream media.

To get involved, bloggers are invited to create an account at MyLatinitas.com or submit their work to editor@latinitasmagazine.org. Prizes (gift cards) will be awarded to the to first, second, and third place blogueras who contribute high quality content. Blogs from the blog-a-thon will be eligible for publication in LatinitasMagzine.com or in an anthology to be released in 2017.

Blog-a-thon Topics:
March 1: Tell us what you are doing to help future generations of Latinas succeed! Whether you’re a first generation college student setting a standard for siblings or volunteering in your community, show us what you contribute.
March 2: Who runs this? Girls! #WCW more like #WCE Spotlight a Latina woman who has changed your life and/or history.
March 3: The “F” Word: What does feminism and/or being a feminist mean to you?
March 4: I am a chica poderosa because _____________! Give advice on how to others can be chicas poderosas just like you.
March 5: As a future Latina hero, what would you like to be known for?

Providing forums and programs to capture this voice, Latinitas, (www.latinitasmagazine.org) empowers Latina girls and teens using media and technology. Latinitas is prompting girls nationwide with some “hot topic” blog ideas to get their feedback on the big issues they face today.

Austin’s Public Housing and Girls Empowerment Non-Profit Partner with National Tech Initiative to get More “Chicas” to Explore Tech

HACA’s Pathways Program and Latinitas’s Girls Leading Girls Initiative Use National Center for Women and Information Technology Resources to Cultivate More Gender Diversity in Tech

Austin, Texas – February 05, 2016 – 9,000 technology jobs are coming to Austin by 2017, yet the current industry employs less than 17 percent of women. The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) has committed to an initiative that will engage young girls in computing concepts. Pooling resources such as HACA’s on-site computer labs, Latinitas’s 14 years of experience empowering girls of color using technology (latinitasmagazine.org), and NCWIT’s youth partners and curriculum, Girls Leading Girls Through Tech is leveraging collaboration to teach more young girls the basics of coding, app and game design, and animation.

“I see [Girls Leading Girls Through Tech] as a great way to give to these girls the kind of relationship I have with technology,” said Linnea May, Team Instructor for Girls Leading Girls. “To me, it’s a way to make amazing things, something to be used as a tool and trusted to meet your needs.”

Girls Leading Girls Through Tech is an intensive 6-week session of lessons exclusively for girls living in public housing. Girls ages 9 – 18 are welcome and will meet every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning February 6th and ending March 19th at HACA’s Meadowbrook Apartments, located at 1201 W Live Oak St, Austin, Texas, 78704. The lessons will be delivered by teens selected in NCWIT’s AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program. NCWIT works to increase gender diversity in technology and computing in order to improve business performance and better serve a more diverse population. NCWIT believes that by providing women with lucrative careers, the economic and social well-being of a larger population will increase.

Latinitas will be assisting with program management, getting career presenters and registration. Since 2002, Latinitas has been empowering young girls through media and technology while focusing on inspiring young Latinas to become confident and successful. By partnering with NCWIT’s AspireIT K-12 program, Latinitas will continue to expand their mission. Similarly, HACA’s Pathways program, Austin Pathways, seeks to promote education and general welfare to low-income families in Austin.

Participants of Girls Leading Girls Through Tech will have the opportunity to meet persons from the game and app design industries in Austin, as well as engineers, coders and animators. The initiative will culminate with a short presentation of developed products during SXSW and passes for all girls involved.

For more information, call Latinitas at (512) 900-0304 or email Sylvia Butanda at sylvia@latinitasmagazine.org.

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College Chica El Paso

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 13 from 10am-2pm

WHERE: UTEP Miner Village

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

Latinitas Uses Media & Tech to Debunk Confusing Health Messages 

El Paso, TX- Media has such power and influence, directing mixed messages at teen girls about diet, esteem, body image, happiness, achievement and much more.  Latinitas’ Healthy Chica Conference, January 30 from 10am-3pm at El Paso First, 1145 Westmoreland for any girl ages 9-18 puts the message-making in girls’ hands and is an opportunity to re-script confusing perspectives about what is and isn’t healthy.  Conference attendees will use video, photography, blogging and other digital media methods to explore nutrition, exercise and mental wellness.

Latinitas is partnering with the El Paso First Health Plans to host a full day of health & wellness. Girls will learn about health, wellness, self-esteem, nutrition, fitness and making healthy choices. Girls will also complete an exercise circuit sampling zumba, dance, and yoga. Attendees will be given the opportunity to create original content to implement a health public awareness campaign.   Girls and teens at Latinitas’ Healthy Chica Conference will also be visited by nutritionists, doctors,  health experts and social workers who will share their career experiences during lunch.  Join us for a full day of creating media and empowering the Latina youth.

The Latinitas mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology. Latinitas was founded as a non-profit in 2002. Latinitas host media enrichment programs to help girls learn how to build confidence and discover their voice. It also publishes the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas. (www.latinitasmagazine.org)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics report 73 percent of Mexican American women are overweight or obese, ten percent more than the general population. More than half of Mexican American women do not report any leisure exercise and are consequently at greater risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.  As the U.S.’s largest Latina population, statistics paint a dire picture about the fate of Latina female health, overall.   And, these numbers are only addressing physical health. One out of 7 young Latinas attempt suicide, a majority afraid to get help due to dated and cultural stigmas about depression. In many ways, Latina girls’ and teens’ health and wellness is in crisis.

“Girls face unhealthy and contradictory media messages about unhealthy body image ideas as well as advertising for unhealthy food and lifestyles,” said Alicia Rascon, Latinitas founder and CEO. “We want to encourage girls to make healthy choices by learning about what good nutrition is, how to have a positive body image, ways to stay active and to avoid unhealthy substances.”

Girls and teens can register at www.laslatinitas.com, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or by calling 915.219.8554.

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EPCC Technology Workshop

TECH CHICA WORKSHOP: (12/5 – El Paso, TX)
Women Leaders Motivate Girls to Discover Their Voice in Media & Tech

WHEN: December 5, 2015 ( 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

WHERE: EPCC Administrative Building, 9050 Viscount

WHAT: Girls are given the opportunity to explore career opportunities in media and technology mentored by professionals and college leaders in media and tech world.

WHO: Latinitas is partnering with the EPCC technology department to host a behind-the-scenes tour of the EPCC TV station and technology department. This event is open to all girls between the ages of 9 and 18.

WHY: Attendees will be given the opportunity to create original content to implement a social media campaign of a topic of their choosing.  There will also be an exciting lunch time panel with professional women in various media and tech industries. Join us for a full day of creating media and empowering the Latina youth.  The Latinitas mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology. Latinitas was founded as a non-profit in 2002. We publish Latinitas Magazine and host media enrichment programs to help girls learn how to build confidence and discover their voice.

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

Healthy Chica Conference Gives Girls Tools To Create a Movement

Latinitas Uses Media, Tech and Musician/Health Enthusiast Suzette Quintanilla to Debunk Confusing Health Messages 

AUSTIN, TX- Media has such power and influence, directing mixed messages at teen girls about diet, esteem, body image, sexuality, happiness, achievement and much more.  Latinitas’ Healthy Chica Conference, Oct 24, 9am-4pm at ACC Eastview for any girl ages 9-18 puts the message-making in girls’ hands and is an opportunity to re-script confusing perspectives about what is and isn’t healthy .  Conference attendees will use video, photography, blogging and other digital media methods to explore nutrition, exercise and mental wellness.

Suzette Quintanilla, sister to the late Selena Quintanilla and drummer for the Los Dinos, will kick off the morning by sharing her journey to a fit lifestyle. Girls and teens at Latinitas’ Healthy Chica Conference will also be visited by nutritionists, doctors, dentists, acupuncturists, hospice workers, girls’ health experts and social workers who will share their career experiences during lunch.  Girls will also complete an exercise circuit sampling CrossFit, yoga and martial arts.

Latinitas is a non-profit organization focused on empowering girls and teens using media and technology. It also publishes the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas. (www.latinitasmagazine.org)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics report 73 percent of Mexican American women are overweight or obese, ten percent more than the general population. More than half of Mexican American women do not report any leisure exercise and are consequently at greater risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.  As the U.S.’s largest Latina population, statistics paint a dire picture about the fate of Latina female health, overall.   And, these numbers are only addressing physical health. One out of 7 young Latinas attempt suicide, a majority afraid to get help due to dated and cultural stigmas about depression. In many ways, Latina girls’ and teens’ health and wellness is in crisis.

“Media manipulates what ‘good health’ is photo-shopping bodies to an unreachable body ideal. Ad-driven, it’s also hard to know what is really good nutrition and what is a fad.” Said Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, Latinitas founder and COO.  “This event lets Latina and other girls define healthy living on their own terms, a point of view not covered well in mainstream media.”

Registration is $10 and includes lunch.  Girls and teens can register at www.laslatinitas.com or by calling 512.900.0304.  Scholarships are available upon request or girls can post a picture of a healthy habit (ex. lacing up tennis shoes for a run, grabbing an orange as a snack) to Latinitas social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) with the hashtag, #healthychica for free admission.

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Contact Laura Donnelly Gonzalez at 512.809.4618 or laura@latinitasmagazine.org for an interview.     

 

Girls Aim High in STEM Conference

LOCAL WOMEN LEADERS MOTIVATE GIRLS TO AIM HIGH
Aim High Conference Features Leadership & Career Workshops

WHAT: Aim High Conference: Girls are given the opportunity to explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math mentored by professionals in this leadership and career workshop.

WHEN: November 7, 2015 ( 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

WHERE: 7000 Edgemere

WHO: Latinitas and the American Association will be hosting the Aim High Conference, a special career exploration workshop about empowering Latina youth. The Aim High conference is created especially for girls ages 10 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 latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso.

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 www.latinitasmagazine.org, a bilingual webzine focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident and successful women.

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Latinitas and Google Fiber Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Las Voces: Austin Latinas in Journalism

Local and National Journalist Panel Discuss Diverse Voices in Media

Women represent just 35 percent of newspaper supervisors according to the 2014 American Society of News Editors newsroom census.  Same goes for TV and radio, where women make up just 28 percent of news directors in the top 25 U.S. markets and 26 percent of radio news directors at stations with 1M listeners or more.

Shifting the lens to women of color, Latinos, overall, are just one percent of U.S. newsroom staff and national coverage of Latino issues in a country where 90 percent of American children under 5 are Hispanic is…wait for it…under one percent, with issues limited singularly to immigration and crime.

WHAT:           Bringing together Latina journalistic voices in print, radio and television, Latinitas and Google Fiber present for the first time Las Voces: Austin Latinas in Journalism, a panel discussion on cultivating diverse voices in media and the shifting American narrative. 

 WHO:             Las Voces Panelists include:

Josefina Casati, Editor in Chief, Ahora  Si

Gissela Santacruz, Editorial, Austin American Statesman

Alexa Ura, Politics and Demographics Reporter, Texas Tribune

Veronica Zaragovia, News Reporter, KUT-FM

Moderator: Leslie Montoya, Univision and Alejandra Charre Otero, Latinitas

 WHEN:          Wednesday, Sept 30, 5:30 pm doors open, event goes until 7:30

 WHERE:        Google Fiber (201 Colorado).  Food and drink served.

RSVP HERE (FREE EVENT):  https://fiberevents.withgoogle.com/events/1875/register

“Representation is key in a providing authentic narratives in media.  We thank Google Fiber for providing the forum and space discussion strategies for cultivating more diverse voices in media and also a platform to celebrate women in the trenches doing it right now.” Said Latinitas founder Laura Donnelly.

About Latinitas

Latinitas is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology.  Founded in a class at UT Austin in 2002, Latinitas is also the first and only digital magazine made for and by young Latinas (www.Latinitasmagazine.org). Twenty five thousand readers per month and thousands of articles later with 20,000 served through the magazine’s outreach programming that includes digital media education camps, clubs and workshops, Latinitas continues to grow with new chapters in El Paso, TX and programs in Las Cruces/Silver City, New Mexico.  

About Google Fiber

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that is available in Austin. Fiber customers get access to a range of products from Gigabit Internet to Google Fiber TV to the Basic Internet product. Go to fiber.google.com to learn more. 

Business Chica Conference Motivates Future Business Leaders

Business Chica Conference Encourages Girls to Reach Their Business Dreams

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: September 26 from 10am-3:30pm

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.

Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-conference-tickets-18156374204 

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Blackbaud Inc. Partners with Latinitas to Get more Girls of Color Coding

AUSTIN, TX (DATE) – Engineer Lina Nilsson shared her woes about the low numbers of females working in engineering in a recent New York Times Opinion piece[NM1] .  She cites legitimate issues of workplace discrimination and a lack of female role models, but also points out what attracts women towards STEM careers is different than their male peers.  That difference is starting to change the numbers of female enrollment in STEM classes.

Nilsson said when societal causes are attached to collegiate classes on engineering tech and science – women enroll.

At the interdisciplinary D-Lab at M.I.T., which focuses on developing “technologies that improve the lives of people living in poverty,” 74 percent of over 230 enrolled students this past year were women.  She also cited Arizona State University as a school whose humanitarian engineering courses and study options have twice as many women as its traditional engineering classes.

Capitalizing on this important trend is Austin-based Latinitas, a nonprofit focused on empowering Latina and other girls and teens using media and technology and local software supplier, Blackbaud.

Latinitas will visit Blackbaud for a 10 hour coding boot-camp July 30-31.  Girls ages 9-14 will meet Blackbaud engineers, designers, testers and programmers, and work in teams to create an app that helps community.  Community is defined as the girls themselves, their families, neighborhoods, cultures or the world.  Blackbaud staff will assist with coding lessons and will then test guide girls through testing, documentation and product marketing.

“We polled our Latinitas about what motivates them overall and the general consensus is ‘helping others.’  Blackbaud’s engineers, programmers and other technology professionals are going to help us connect girls’ passions for change with the development of an actual piece of technology innovation,” said Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, Latinitas founder and COO.

“Blackbaud is interested in promoting methods that encourage more women to study and work in technology, so we are excited to help the girls in Latinitas leverage that desire to help others into a technology product that causes societal change,” said Sally Ehrenfried, manager of philanthropy and volunteer engagement at Blackbaud.

Founded in 2002 by Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly, then-journalism students at UT Austin, fed up with the misrepresentation of Latinas in media, Latinitas has served over 20,000 girls and teens through after-school clubs, weekend workshops, camps and conferences at 112 schools, libraries, community centers. The organization also publishes Latinitasmagazine.org, the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas.  Latinitas has evolved with Austin and its evolution as a tech sector, first by providing digital media training to students who lacked that access and now as a source of coding, app development, video game design and robotics education programs for Hispanic and other youth and their families.

Blackbaud is a leading global provider of  software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations. Its products focus on fundraising, website management, CRM, analytics, financial management, ticketing, and education administration.

Contact Laura Donnelly Gonzalez at 512.809.4618 or laura@latinitasmagazine.org for an interview.       

Laura Donnelly Gonzalez

Founder, COO Latinitas

( o ) 512.900.0304

( c ) 512.809.4618

laura@latinitasmagazine.org

www.latinitasmagazine.org

Empowering young Latinas using media and technology

 


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