Superstars for Girls


Running with Ambition

A successful athlete and student, Ayla Lopez has worked hard to be where she is today. Entering her senior year of high school this year, she looks forward to another running season and beyond that: college. This is her story. Often training in the scorching heat of Texas, Alya Lopez has been working hard to… Read more


Michelle Phan: Remaining True to Your Goals

This March during Spring Break I had the opportunity, thanks to Latinitas, to attend SXSW. SXSW is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that occur annually in Austin, Texas. This year both Latinos and women were prominently featured, and I attended with the goal of learning as much as I could from figures… Read more


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


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


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


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


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


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