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 Launches “1,000 Reasons to Help Latina Youth” #GivingTuesday Campaign

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Contact: Vicky Garza / vicky@latinitasmagazine.org

Latinitas Launches “1,000 Reasons to Help Latina Youth” Campaign for #GivingTuesday

Global Day of Giving Takes Place on November 29th

AUSTIN, TX — November 21, 2016 — Austin-based nonprofit Latinitas aims to raise $1,000 in monthly giving by #GivingTuesday through its “1,000 Reasons to Help Latina Youth” campaign. #GivingTuesday, which takes place on November 29th this year, is a global giving movement that harnesses the power of social media to inspire giving and makes it easy to do so, which is perfect for individuals who want to support and champion the causes the believe in this holiday season but have limited time.

“Our goal is to raise $1,000 in recurring monthly donations which will not only allow us to budget more technology equipment so that the girls in our programs get more hands-on tech experience, but it also helps us maintain our eastside presence in a city with an exploding real estate market,” said Latinitas Co-Founder Laura Donnelly. Donations can be made through our secure Click and Pledge site.

While Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all about shopping for deals, #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back. “There’s a movement in the U.S. that people want to buy less and give more, especially during this time of year. People have the opportunity to impart change through their dollars and that’s what #GivingTuesday is all about,” said Donnelly. During this campaign, Latinitas will provide some reasons people should support Latina youth and will ask its supporters to post their reasons for giving on social media over the next week.

In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways.  Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more.

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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.

This #GivingTuesday, There Are 1,000 Reasons to Help Latina Youth

1000-giving-tuesdayAfter taking part in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we hope you’ll support Latinitas’ “1,000 Reasons to Help Latina Youth” campaign on #GivingTuesday. Our goal is to raise $1,000 in monthly giving by Tuesday, November 29.

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that harnesses the power of social media to inspire giving and makes it easy to do so, which is perfect for people who want to support and champion the causes the believe in this holiday season but have limited time.

By setting up a recurring monthly donation, you will allow Latinitas some predictability to budget more technology equipment so that the girls in our programs can get more hands-on tech experience and you will also be helping us to maintain our eastside presence in a city with an exploding real estate market.

Helping Latinitas this #GivingTuesday is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Schedule your recurring donation starting at $10/month by Nov. 29th through our secure Click and Pledge site.
  2. Post your reason for donating on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat channels using the #GivingTuesday hashtag. Be sure to tag Latinitas.
    • Here is a sample tweet to get you started: My reason for donating to @Latinitas during #GivingTuesday is…
    • There are 1,000 reasons to help Latina youth right now. Here are just five, or feel free to share your own:
      • Latinos make up just 1% of U.S. newsrooms.
      • 41% of Hispanic females do not graduate from high school within four years, if at all.
      • 14% of Latinas attempt suicide, that’s 1 in 7!
      • Media and technology are two of the most influential and prolific professions in the U.S. right now, yet both realms, even in the 21st century, are still hard-pressed for gender and racial diversity.
      • Women make up less than 17% of tech jobs even at companies with structured diversity engagement such as Google and Facebook and Latinas even less, at 1%.
  3. Help us spread the word about our #GivingTuesday campaign by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and sharing our posts.

If you are a business or individual who would like to provide a matching opportunity, please email vicky@latinitasmagazine.org.

Thank you for supporting Latinitas!