20 Latina Girls Under 20

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. These young Latinas are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change.

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Miriam Wnorowski, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Miriam Wnorowski Age: 14 Heritage: Mexican-American Hometown: Austin, Texas Volunteer Experience: Miriam has been involved with Girl Scouts since first grade. This year she completed her Silver Award as a Cadette Girl Scout. She wanted to make some upgrades to the Zilker Park Girl Scout cabin in Austin, TX. She spent over 50 hours… Read more

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College Leader: Jackie Sifuentes

If you had asked a six-year-old Jackie Sifuentes what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have been quick to tell you she wanted to be a doctor. Fifteen years later, the dream is still going strong as she nears the end of her undergraduate career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,… Read more

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Chica Who Cares: Jo Marie Duran

Latinitas is recognizing Chicas Who Care by featuring young Latinas who are making a difference in their community. Name: Jo Marie Duran Age: 15 Grade: 10th grade Tell us about a cause that you are passionate about. Recycling, I thought many people in my school didn’t contribute to it. Why is this problem important? Because… Read more

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Itzel Castelan

Name: Itzel Castelan Age: 14 Cultural Background: Mexican Classification: freshman Hometown: Austin, TX What are some of your classes? Dance, English, Geography and History Describe a typical day as a high school student? I live right down the street from my school, but since my older sister is a senior she drives us. I go… Read more

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Big Sis: College Mentor

Name: Liz Carrillo Age: 21 Cultural Background: Hispanic Classification: Junior Major: Business & Marketing What made you decide to go to college? I knew I wanted to go to college since I was little because I wanted to become someone in life. What made you pick your major? I started college as a finance major… Read more

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Dreams On Pointe

For many girls, attending dance is a great way to have fun or to participate in an exciting form of exercise. For others, it is the passion that pushes them to the edge of exhaustion and then some, in order to be the graceful figure on stage. Becoming a professional dancer is something that has… Read more

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Career Spotlight: Reporter

Name: Denise Olivas Position & Title: Reporter/Anchor Employer: KVIA Location: El Paso, TX What are some of your job responsibilities? I am a reporter for Good Morning El Paso and co-anchor for ABC-7 at Noon. Some of my responsibilities include gathering stories, conducting interviews, and writing and editing stories for newscasts. Describe your educational background… Read more

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Becoming a Media Superstar

María Elena Salinas, an inspiring role model for Latinas, has had an amazing career at the Spanish-language news station. María is a journalist from Los Angeles who has grown and developed throughout her career at Univision. Being born and raised in California to two Mexican immigrants gives her the on-the-ground knowledge of several aspects of… Read more

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Career Spotlight: Principal

Elizabeth Maldonado uses her experiences as a student as well as an educator in her efforts to better how children are taught in her community. Having grown up in a neighborhood that lacked resources, Elizabeth Maldonado developed a passion for teaching in low income areas, where students are often overlooked and slip through the cracks… Read more

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Career Spotlight: Medical Professional

From la pisca, manual labor to a successful PhD in Nurse Practice, Beatriz Bautista is an exemplary role model, not just for Latinas, but to all women. Can you tell us more about your background? I’m from Edinburg, TX but spent most of my childhood in Idaho. My grandparents came to this country thanks to… Read more

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Career: Telemundo Anchor Karla Leal

Describe your current job now and what you like about it: I have the blessing of being the main anchor and reporter for Telemundo Austin. We cover the central Texas area providing local, national and international news in Spanish during our 5pm and 10pm noticieros on cable channel 75, and digital channel 42.2 I love… Read more

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Career Spotlight: Financial Planner

Cynthia Escalante uses her financial savvy as a financial planner to help people with their finances from saving money to opening their own businesses. She is the first in her family to go to college and get a degree. She is a go-getter who is dedicated to accomplishing every goal she sets for herself.  Today,… Read more

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Career Spotlight: News Reporter

Kandolite Flores is a broadcast journalist in El Paso Texas.  She gets information and stories from the community and delivers them in the news hour. She also reports on the traffic every morning to make sure people get to work and school on time. She is a positive role model in the community and loves… Read more

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Career Spotlight: Angela Sustaita, Klothes Lime Boutique Owner

Angela Sustaita is the owner of Klothes Lime Buy-Sell-Trade in El Paso, Texas. The resale boutique sells fashionable secondhand clothing for women and men. The concept is used to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Customers can bring in their items that are just hanging in their closet and trade them for a stylish… Read more

Career Spotlight: Writer Jennifer Cervantes

Do you dream of writing for a living? Get inspired by Jennifer Cervantes, who does just that as a middle school fiction author and college instructor.   Cervantes has been writing since 2006 and released her first novel, Tortilla Sun, in 2010. The novel has kept her busy and on the road, speaking at various events,… Read more

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The Story of Girl Scouts

Laura Bush, Dakota Fanning, Sandra Day O’Connor, Grace Kelly, Katie Couric, Taylor Swift, Barbara Walters, and Celine Dion are all talented and highly regarded women in their fields. Their outstanding leadership is well known but, that which few people realize is that all these women have one more thing in common; each of them was once a… Read more

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Bring your daughter to work day, everyday!

Take Our Daughters (and now sons) Day has passed (April 28), but there is a group of young Hispanics who work with mom everyday – assisting with or learning how their mamis make an income. Mia Azul, a 7 year old first grader, interns at her mom’s studio at home. Unlike the traditional experience of… Read more

Chapters for Student Journalists

In high school, you have school newspaper or journalism clubs after school, but what happens when you go to college? Latino journalism students have a place of their own and it’s called college chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. I attend the University of Texas at Austin and I happily report our group… Read more

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Latina Sororities

In the most recent episode of the ABC Family show Greek, Casey Cartwright, the stunningly blonde and beautiful Zeta Beta Zeta (a made up sorority) sister, planned a “Dry, alcohol-free, Weekend” for her sisters and the whole Greek system. The popular teen show tunes viewers into the ups and downs of mainstream college sororities and… Read more

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No Kidding

Being a parent is hard work.  When the parent is still a teenager, it makes it even more challenging to take on the responsibility of another life.  The late nights, the expenses, and the worry, can sometimes be forgotten when a baby’s face is all that someone sees. No Kidding is a program that tries… Read more

Hispanic Mother Daughter Program

The Hispanic Mother Daughter Program can help you find the answers to these questions. This program will show you the benefits of a college degree and help you get in. The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program has numerous college prepartory programs across the nation that focus on helping young Latinitas like you go to college. Many young… Read more

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Rocking Out with Latina Musicians

Being Latina is something to be proud of. What better way to express your inner self than through music! Take a look at some albums by Latinas who are not afraid to express their culture and themselves. Shakira – Shakira Being a Latina, Shakira is an amazing and inspiring artist to listen to! Her new… Read more

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Five Latinas Taking Action

The earth’s climate is changing and human activity is to blame. What may seem like a distant problem left for countries across the world to deal with actually affects us at home. Environmental health hazards are especially impacting Latino communities and workplaces nationwide. Recycling and reusing are some ways we can help make a difference… Read more

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Latina Spotlight: Leading Latinas

Latinitas celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a blog-a-thon. Members of the MyLatinitas.com community shared who they admired and why: “I will be honest. I am not a big sports fan. But if there is one revolutionary Latina that just has to be mentioned in sports, that has to be Rebecca Lobo. If you are… Read more

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Leading Latina: Christina Garcia

Written by Rebecca Jackson Immigration reform is a pressing political issue in the United States as people from around the world cross borders to find better opportunities for themselves and their families.  A Latina making an impact to help immigrants is Christina Garica. Christina Garcia is the Program Coordinator for the Battered Immigrant Women department… Read more

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Latinas and the Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is the  most esteemed award in journalism, literature and art. The ultimate medal at the end of a successful race every journalist aspires to receive. This prize not only represents an incredible journey, but also the talent and dedication put into their career. Administered by Columbia University, the Pulitzer board is made up of 19 of… Read more

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Artist Spotlight: Latina Artists

For Hispanic Heritage month, Latinitas asked interns to spotlight a Latina artist everyone should know. Alexandra and Rebecca shared their favorite Latina artist, their favorite artwork, and why you should know more about them. Laura Molina is a Latina Artist born and raised in East Los Angeles. Her style of artwork is known to be influenced by… Read more

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Latina Fashion Designers

Have you ever stopped to consider the work and creativity that goes behind designing gorgeous Latina fashion? It takes a very creative fashionista to come up and establish fashion trends. Many people dream of having their own line of clothing and creating beautifully designed pieces that many will want to wear. However, designing trendy pieces and… Read more

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Latina Trailblazers in STEM

By Lizette Ruiz & Olga Ochoa From exploring space as an astronaut to creating new technology tools as an engineer, Latinas are reaching new heights as strong, innovative and smart women in the fields of  science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Overall, women, especially Latinas, still lag behind in these fields. According to the American Association… Read more

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Latina Artists in History

Latina art history is known for its beautiful artisan craft works and weaving, but painters and print makers have been using all types of mediums to show their talents. We have gone throughout history to look for promising visual artists who have made an impact in the art world. These artists come from different genres in the… Read more

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Latina Trailblazers in Government

Latinas have been prevalent in leadership positions the U.S. for many years now. Not only are Latinas make an impact in entertainment and in our hearts, but as strong, and striving women in government, law and politics.  These women are more than government officials, they’re workers for the people. They are the first of their… Read more

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Girl Diary: A Day In My Life

Vea este artículo en español aquí Hello! My name is Cynthia Cervantes and I am 12-years-old. I am a seventh grader in California, and my favorite subjects are history and math. In my spare time, I like reading, watching TV and playing school with my little sisters. My experience with scleroderma began more than a… Read more

My Journey to America

Immigrant: one that immigrates, a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residency. That is the definition for an immigrant according to Webster’s Dictionary. Have you ever asked yourself why the real meaning of the word immigrant included in the dictionary definitions? For me, being an immigrant means changing your customs, leaving… Read more

Girl Diary: Thinking Positive

High school senior Natalia Barra decided to share her story with us. “My mom had me at a young age and went through a lot of struggles through her life,” Barra said. “I knew one thing for sure. I did not want to have sex until I was old enough to take care of a… Read more

Out & Proud

For me, being a lesbian and Latina means that I have to learn how to reconcile being openly gay with my culture. Everyday Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (GLBTQ) people are harassed, beaten, abused and even killed for simply being who they are. Now imagine being a lesbian and Latina.  Think of the conformity… Read more

Diary of an Exchange Student

Editor’s Note: The following is a two-part reading of diary excerpts from a German student, Josi, who came to live in Austin, Texas as part of a student exchange program. This type of international program allows high school students to live in a foreign country for a semester or two. Usually, there are organizations that… Read more

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Young Female Artists in San Antonio

San Antonio features several young artists, musicians, and poets throughout the city. Meet some of the vibrant artistic women in San Antonio. Manuela Gonzales Born in Venezuela, she began to discover her love for drawing at an early age. Now, she attends St. Mary’s University as an Internal Relations student and still regularly draws on… Read more

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Latinas Find Voice, Identity in Art

The future art majors of the world are about to hit the homestretch of their high school careers. Already, art hopefuls are awaiting art school response letters and anticipating the hardships of futures as professional artists. Despite all the stress and uncertainty, young creatives remain as passionate as ever. Gabby Desporte, a high school senior… Read more

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Talento Latino: Haide

A television station called Estrella TV, whose headquarters are in Los Angeles, held auditions for their show called “Tengo Talento Mucho Talento.” Auditions were held across the United States and Latinitas was able to interview one of the show’s contestants, Haide. One audition was held in Austin, Texas. In the Austin audition, a young 19-year-old Latina… Read more

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Gymnast: Madison McGuire

At only age 8, Madison McGuire already has big dreams and has her plans set on becoming an Olympian. Madison McGuire has been in gymnastics for four years now and has come a long way, but not without the help of her family. She has a twin, three brothers, a loving mother, father and stepmother… Read more

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Chica Who Cares: Laura Saldivar

Meet a modern day superwoman. A Senior in high school, Laura Saldivar has a resume most college grads wish they had. Before the age of 17, she implemented teen driving safety programs in Illinois through several educational outreach programs. As an advocate for service learning, the implementation of several safe driving outreach programs, like the… Read more

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Calista Caroline Burns, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Calista Caroline Burns, age 11 Nominated by:  Girls Inc. of San Antonio Hometown:  San Antonio, Texas Volunteer Experience:  Calista has fed meals to the eldery during Thanksgiving. She was one of the top 5 fundraisers for the iWin Joe Jonas Fun Run Benefitting the Special Olympics. Calista has also volunteered at a local children’s home… Read more

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Elizabeth Lara, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Elizabeth Lara Age: 17 Heritage: Mexican-American Hometown: Cd.Juarez, Mexico Volunteer Experience: I have volunteereed at school selling concessions during volleyball games, hosting fundraisers, participating in canned food drives, contributing to coat drives and at school festivals I have worked certain booths. Also, I have participated in the LULAC convention for women and for the BMW Passion for Fashion… Read more

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Nancy Martinez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Nancy Martinez, age 16 Hometown: Alexandria, VA Nominated By: Noraine Buttar Volunteer Experience: Nancy volunteers for several organizations. She is one of two youth on the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria’s (SAPCA) board of directors. She also participates in all of SAPCA’s activities. Nancy served as a Project Sticker Shock volunteer, where she worked… Read more

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Alma Benitez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Alma Benitez, age 18 Hometown: Austin,TX Nominator: Brooke Maudlin Volunteer Experience: Alma graduated from Akins High School with honors. She was enrolled in several AP classes and still made time to volunteer at school and with Latinitas. She volunteered with the Latinitas summer camp and helped with Akins high school student organizations. Challenges She Has… Read more

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Leticia Hernandez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Leticia Hernandez,  age 16 Hometown: Austin TX Volunteer Experience: She has volunteered at a variety of places, including hospitals, schools, non-profit organizations and churches. Leticia is passionate about helping others, giving back to the community and knowing that she can make a difference. The blessings she’s received throughout her life motivate her. An array of… Read more

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