Latinitas is Celebrating 15 Years With a Quinceañera Gala

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Latinitas to Celebrate 15 Years of Tech and Media Education and Girl Empowerment at Quinceañera Gala

AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 22, 2017) – This year, Austin-based Latinitas – the only bilingual and bicultural magazine and digital media and technology nonprofit organization of its kind – will be celebrating its 15th anniversary as many Hispanic girls do – by having a Quinceanera!

Taking place on June 10, 2017, Latinitas’ Quinceañera Gala Presented by Dell EMC will be a modern, chic twist on the Latin American tradition, featuring a choreographed dance, fine photography with a transformation theme for sale, a live and silent auction, tequila tastings and signature cocktails, and cuisine from Mexico’s interior. The Peligrosa-All Star DJs will be performing that night, as well as Stephanie Bergara – lead singer of Selena-cover band Bidi Bidi Banda – and Mayor Steve Adler will be stopping by to say a few words. Colorful cocktail attire and quinceañera dresses are encouraged!

Latinitas will be honoring our “Campeones” – people who have “championed” Latinitas’ mission since its origin through their work and dedication. These honorees include: Producer/Vice President at Troublemaker Studios Elizabeth Avellan; former Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez; Senior Vice President of Univision LA – ATX Luis Patino and his wife Alina; media scholar Dr. Federico Subervi-Velez; and Dell Marketing Director, North America Commercial, Ana Villegas. Quince_Splash_995x600_revised

Latinitas’ signature photography sale at the event welcomes contributions from world-class photographers such as Dulce Pinzon, whose work was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Danielle Villasana, whose long-term project, “A Light Inside” on the life-threatening challenges trans women face throughout Latin America will be featured at the World Press Photo Festival this year.

“We couldn’t have picked a better theme than a quinceañera to celebrate the impact of Latinitas over the past 15 years. Girls transform in Latinitas, they find their voice and a transcendent support system,” said Laura Donnelly, co-founder and CEO. “As an organization, we have reached an exciting precipice of growth that includes stretching our program reach to new spaces – we are that girl who has grown up and is now ready to conquer new frontiers!”

Originated by the Aztecs, the quinceañera was a rite of passage for girls into warrior-hood that has evolved through the century to denote a girl’s transformation into womanhood. At 15 years old, her maturity and growth is acknowledged by her family and other loved ones through a variety of rituals. Although the tradition is not new, quinceañeras are still wildly popular among young girls of Latin American heritage and the parties have become more extravagant over time.

Latinitas’ magazine, still the only publication made for and by young Latinas, was founded in a class at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 by then-students Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly, fed up with the lack and misrepresentation of Latinas in media and technology. The two also developed dozens of no- or low-cost after-school clubs, weekend workshops, camps, and conferences at 112 schools, libraries, public housing sites, and community centers, as well as dozens more in Central and West Texas. Latinitas has provided over 25,000 girls ages nine through 18 with esteem-building lessons in media, technology, and cultural literacy. Latinitas is one of a handful of organizations delivering tech education in a bilingual and bicultural format nationally and the only nonprofit in Austin doing so for 15 years.

Tickets to the Quinceañera Gala are available for purchase at www.LatinitasGala.com. Proceeds will benefit Latinitas’ ongoing programs.  

Contact: Vicky Garza / 512-900-0304 / vicky@latinitasmagazine.org

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ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually – 2,000 in Central and 1,500 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latinas are strong and confident in their image. Girls and families in Latinitas learn the latest Web 2.0 platforms to design websites, do graphic design, produce video, record audio, blog, do photography, invent social media campaigns, develop video games and mobile apps, coding and robotics ensuring new and diverse voices in media and technology. Latinitas also produces the only magazine of its kind, Latinitasmagazine.org (25,000 monthly viewers), and its own social media network, MyLatinitas.com (1,400 registered girls).

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Latinitas Aims to #AmpCamp, Invites Donors to Breakfast Fundraiser

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vicky Garza / 512-796-2777
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Latinitas’ #AmpCamp Campaign Aims to Raise $10,000 During Amplify Austin Day 2017

Funds raised will be used to provide financial assistance at Latinitas’ summer camps

AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 1, 2017) – Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is looking to #AmpCamp by meeting its goal of raising $10,000 in donations during Amplify Austin, our city’s annual community-wide day of online giving happening on March 2-3, 2017. With 100 summer camp spots available, Latinitas will use the funds raised to assist families in need of financial assistance in paying for the Latinitas’ summer camp fees.

Each of the four weeks of Latinitas Summer Camp is dedicated to a different theme – cinema, fashion, technology, and health – and requires the girls to produce projects that include elements such as audio, video, game design, app design, and coding. The girls also get introduced to companies and mentors in Austin’s technology and creative industries, such as Dell, Facebook, Troublemaker Studios, Blackbaud, and General Motors IT Innovation Center, through field trips.

We invite the community to join us for our Amplify Austin FUNdraiser on Friday, March 3rd from 8:30am to 11:00am at East 6th St. Long-standing east Austin restaurant Tamale House East has graciously offered to provide a FREE cup of coffee or a 2-ingredient breakfast taco to anyone who donates $25 or more to our #AmpCamp campaign. We will have staff on hand to help people set up their online giving and provide information about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Amplify Austin Day is an annual event that allows community members and supporters to donate to a variety of non-profit organizations in Central Texas. Organizations are given 24 hours, starting March 2 at 6 pm, to raise funds for different causes and meet their individual donation goals.

The link to donate to Latinitas’ Amplify Austin campaign is www.amplifyatx.org/latinitas.

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ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually – 2,000 in Central and 1,500 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latinas are strong and confident in their image. Girls and families in Latinitas learn the latest Web 2.0 platforms to design websites, do graphic design, produce video, record audio, blog, do photography, invent social media campaigns, develop video games and mobile apps, coding and robotics ensuring new and diverse voices in media and technology. Latinitas also produces the first and still only magazine of its kind, Latinitasmagazine.org (25,000 monthly viewers), and its own social media network, MyLatinitas.com (1,400 registered girls).

 

Latinitas Announces Design Chica Poster Contest

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

Latinitas is Requesting Submissions for the Design Chica Poster Redesign Competition

AUSTIN, TX — February 7, 2017 — So you think you can design? Austin-based nonprofit Latinitas is looking for talented graphic designers to redesign the poster for its upcoming Design Chica Conference. Through this competition, the nonprofit is looking to highlight and challenge the diverse talent in the Central Texas area.

Interested contestants must include all of the information that was on the initial poster, a list that can be found on the DesignChica.com website, as well as a photo and short biography of no more than 200 words that introduces the designer and explains what design means to them. All designs must be submitted as a JPG and AI/PSD/Sketch (source/editable file) to austin@latinitasmagazine.org by February 26, 2017.

Eligible graphic designers must reside in Austin or its surrounding areas, and must be at least 16 years old. Top entries will be featured on the Design Chica website. The winner will be announced by March 1 and will receive spotlight recognition in Latinitas’ online magazine and social media channels, and a prize package still to be determined. The winning poster will appear on all Design Chica marketing materials following the contest with design credit given to the designer.

Latinitas’ Design Chica Conference will take place on April 15, 2017 at ACC Eastview, 3401 Webberville Road. The goal of the conference is to introduce girls of all backgrounds to design thinking and to have them work with user experience design professionals to create their very own website. During lunch, girls will meet with local virtual reality experts while experiencing VR demonstrations.

More information about the contest can be found at www.designchica.com/contest.

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About Latinitas

For 14 years, Latinitas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually. Founded by two journalism students fed up with the lack of representation of Latinas in media and technology industries, Latinitas presents enrichment programs at Texas schools, libraries and community centers that use culture as a thread to teach web and graphic design, blogging, video and audio production, photography and of late: video game and app development and coding.

 

Conferences and Workshops

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AUSTIN SUMMER CAMPS – July through August 2017, Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm

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LATINITAS AUSTIN SUMMER CAMPS

Cine Chica: July 10 – July 14

Fashion Forward: July 17 – July 21

Tech Chica: July 24 – July 28

Healthy Chica: July 31 – August 4

Camps are Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm

Cost: $200 / Need-based scholarships are available

Where: 4926 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702

REGISTER HERE

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PAST EVENTS:

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DESIGN CHICA CONFERENCE

Saturday, April 15, 2017

9am to 4pm

Cost: $10 / Lunch provided

Where: 3401 Webberville Rd (ACC-Eastview Campus)

Girls will work with UX professionals to design their very own website. During lunch, girls will meet with local VR experts while experiencing virtual reality demonstrations.

REGISTER HERE

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Tech Familia Digital Scrapbooking Workshop

LATINITAS AUSTIN TECH FAMILIA:

DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING

Saturday, January 28, 2017 

10 am to 12 pm 

Cost: FREE for the whole family!

Where: 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

REGISTER HERE 

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Latinitas Tech Familia Workshop: Create A Web App

LATINITAS AUSTIN TECH FAMILIA:

CREATE A WEB APP

Saturday, November 26th, 10 am to 12 pm 

Cost: FREE for the whole family!

Where: 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

REGISTER HERE 

This Thanksgiving weekend, Latinitas invites all families to join in on some free fun at our next Tech Familia workshop. Create a web app for giving and learn about the powerful combination that is design/technology and philanthropy.

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LATINITAS AUSTIN

START UP CHICA CONFERENCE

Saturday, October 22nd 

9 am to 4 pm 

Cost: $10.00

REGISTER HERE 

This all day event will teach girls (ages 9-18) how to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas from start to pitch by creating a business plan and marketing campaign with the assistance of mentors with the end of day goal to present to real investors!

WHERE:  Austin Community College Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX)

For more information, call 512.900.0304 or email austin@latinitasmagazine.org

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LATINITAS EL PASO STEM CHICA CONFERENCE

Saturday, November 12

10 am to 3 pm

WHAT: STEM Chica Conference: This STEM conference for girls will help local female pre-teen and teen girls to experience a real STEM job mentored by professionals in this leadership and science, technology, engineering and math career workshop.

WHEN: November 12 ( 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

WHERE: TecH20 Center (10751 Montana, El Paso, TX)

WHO: Latinitas, the American Association of University Women and the TecH20 Center are partnering to co-host the STEM Chica Conference. The STEM Chica conference is created especially for girls ages 9 and up with unique hands-on workshops, exhibits and panels.

WHY: The STEM Chica 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 STEM professional opportunities for their future success. Girls are invited to imagine their future STEM career and meet STEM role models. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. STEM Chica features unique hands-on STEM workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers.

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LatinitasElPaso.com.

For more information, call 915.219.8554 or latinitasep@gmail.com.