Latinitas was founded in Austin, TX in 2002. Latinitas provides media and technology programs for young Latinas throughout Central Texas in Austin, Round Rock, San Marcos and San Antonio, TX.
The impetus of Latinitas was a Latino Studies graduate course in 2002 at the University of Texas at Austin. Activists, media makers and advocates Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly-Gonzalez launched Latinitas as part of a class service-learning project in Austin, Texas with the guidance of Professor Dr. Federico Subervi. The co-founders determined in their research that there was a definitive lack of positive and inclusive media and art directed towards and created by Latina girls. In response, they decided to give Latina youth a voice with the first digital magazine by and for U.S. Latina girls – LatinitasMagazine.org. The website has acted as a forum for self-expression by incorporating the poetry, fiction, essays, photography and artwork of aspiring young Latina artists. To further serve as a venue for self-expression, the group launched a series of media enrichment workshops dedicated to helping girls build confidence through media and technology activities. Latinitas has expanded its curriculum and menu of girl empowerment programming to include media enrichment after-school programs, summer & holiday camps, full-day conferences, youth reporter programs, workshops and college internships throughout Central Texas. Since its inception Latinitas has reached over 20,000 girls in Austin, Round Rock, Del Valle, San Marcos, San Antonio, Elgin, Kyle, Houston and the Central Texas region.
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