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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Girls Aim High & Dream Big 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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Day of the Girl (El Paso, TX)

FESTIVAL CELEBRATES GIRLS & RAISES AWARENESS OF ISSUES FACING GIRLS

WHAT: Day of the Girl Festival will feature female performers, dancers, artists and poets, an exhibit of art and photography created by girls and a resource fair.

WHEN: October 10th from 4:30-7pm & October 11th from 10-12:30pm

WHERE: Centro Mayapan (200o Texas Ave.)

WHO: Girls of all ages along with the moms, sisters and friends are invited to participate.

WHY: The UN declared the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement. A worldwide revolution. We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. Every year, dynamic groups across the world led by girls celebrate this day by acting to highlight, discuss and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach ourselves and other people–adults, boys, and other girls all across the world–new ways of thinking about gender issues, which will help us take action to change the status quo. “Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” -United Nations Resolution 66/170

CONTACT: dayofthegirleptx@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554

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 latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso  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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-fest-tickets-10520357673

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Butterfly Effect Benefit (El Paso, TX)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Alicia Rascon
915.219.8554
alicia@laslatinitas.com

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH & SPA DAY BENEFITS LATINITAS

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 LatinitasMagazine.org, 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677 For more information about the event, call 219-8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit LasLatinitas.com.

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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: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mujeres-making-a-difference-award-luncheon-tickets-8618539283  For more information, contact Latinitas at 219.8554 or alicia@laslatinitas.com.

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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: http://laslatinitas.com/teen-leadership-institute. For more information, call (915) 219-8554 or email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

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Aim High Conference (El Paso, TX)

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 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 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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