Mexican Girl Genius

Paloma Noyola Bueno has been called a genius and the “next Steve Jobs.” In 2013 Wired magazine, a popular American publication that covers technology and business, compared this Mexican girl to the technology innovator Steve Jobs. The magazine compared the ten-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno to the creator of Apple, proclaiming her technological and mathematical genius…. Read more


Girls in Sports

Young Latinas are showcasing their athletic power, strength and competitive side in a wide range of sports. Girls are making a mark on the wrestling mat, golf course, soccer field, dance stage and many other sports arenas. Joining a sport has many benefits such as staying in shape, being healthy, learning how to work in… Read more

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Leslie Perez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Leslie Perez Age: 17 Heritage: Mexican-American Hometown: Galveston, Texas Volunteer Experience: She is heavily involved in her community in numerous ways. She is the president of Galveston’s Lulac organization youth council #12. She is a church volunteer at Strong Tower Christian church and was crowned Outstanding teen United Southern States 2010 as well as Miss Galveston… Read more


Dominique Gonzalez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Dominique Gonzalez Heritage: Mexican-American Hometown: El Paso, Texas Volunteer Experience: Most of the volunteer experience she has is with Latinitas. Because  she is so passionate about the Latinitas mission to empower young Latinas, she decided to devote much of her time volunteering with this organization. Other than being a part of the Youth Editorial Advisory Board,… Read more


Geneva Marie Salinas 20 Latinitas Under 20

Geneva Marie Salinas, age 16 Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX Nominated By: LULAC Council #1 Feria De las Flores Volunteer Experience: She currently volunteers at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. As of this summer, she has volunteered given over 270 hours to the hospital in the past year.  She is also a Youth Leader… Read more

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Emma Hernandez 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Emma Hernandez Organization: Latino/a Youth Collective of Indiana Age: 18 Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Volunteer Experience: Emma is an outstanding speaker and leader. She talks and leads from her heart and mind.  People listen attentively to her because they know something especially insightful and well expressed will be gained. People sense Emma’s intelligence and her… Read more

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Michelle Deaver-Arce 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Michelle Deaver-Arce College: McCallum Fine Arts Academy Age: 17 Hometown: Austin, Texas Honors: In 2010, Michelle was the youngest Artist (accepted by a Jury) to participate in the East Austin Studio Tour of over 400 artists.  She has been commissioned by the Austin Classical Guitar Society to create a painting based on of one… Read more

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Cyndi Jimenez 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Cyndi Jimenez Organization: Workers Defense Project Age: 19 Hometown: Austin, Texas Volunteer Experience: As a youth member of a social justice advocacy organization Workers Defense Project (WDP), Cyndi has taken on a leadership role that rivals many of the adult members. She has run employment rights trainings in front of construction workers twice her… Read more

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Bethany Noriega Ward, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Bethany Marie Noriega Ward Hometown: El Paso, TX Volunteer Experiences: When she was living in El Paso, she was active in student council and NHS. They would volunteer with different organizations and programs as well as the school itself. She has also been active in volunteering with the Catholic Community as well. She is part… Read more

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Arlet Haro, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Arlet Haro Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Nominator: Joyce Medina Volunteer Experience: Arlet participated in our Youth in Philanthropy program at the Arizona Community Foundation. She worked on a team that created a scholarship for Latino/a students to attend college. The team created an application, advertised the opportunity at the school, reviewed applications and selected three recipients…. Read more

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