Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Olga Ochoa

Olga Ochoa, a volunteer since 2012, started as a Youth Outreach Intern and is now one of the coordinators for the Girl Talk workshops hosted by Latinitas at the JuvenileDetentionCenter. Olga is a key leader in guiding young women in the detention center through hands-on self-expression activities. The goal of these activities is to boost… Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Maribel Padilla

Maribel Padilla has been an integral part of Latinitas since 2012. She started as a Club Leader and is now our go-to person for multimedia design and video editing.   “I believe very passionately in the goal Latinitas is trying to reach, which is that of empowering young Latinas to follow a career path in… Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Brianna Castrejon

Briana Castrejon, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, is a natural-born leader. She has led several workshops in our after school clubs and in our Be YOUnique, College Chica, Healthy Chica and Wellnes workshops, and the Aim High Conference. She loves leading activities and helping inspire local youth, because these programs… Read more

Club Leader Spotlight

These chicas are at the forefront of making a difference in our after-school enrichment programs, Club Latinitas. Bianca Castrejon, Social Work major (UTEP) “Latinitas is important for young girls because the organization can help them with self esteem and self assurance, where it can be tough to come by at a young age. What I… Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Dominique Gonzalez

Dominique Gonzalez is a valued Latinitas member. For the past three years, she has been returning from college at UT-Austin to her hometown and sharing her time and talents with girls in El Paso. Her leadership and vibrant personality make her a positive role model for other girls. This past summer, she organized a series… Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Moreno

Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Moreno Stephanie Moreno was the mastermind in leading and coordinating some of Latinitas girl empowerment programs this summer. Stephanie Moreno is an outstanding volunteer and former Club Leader. Stephanie aided with the Smart Chica Camp at local housing communities where she encouraged girls to reach their goals through career exploration and college… Read more

Board Member Spotlight: Emily Martin-Loya

Throughout the last six years, Emily Martin-Loya, Latinitas board member, has lived on both sides of the border working with community organizations in El Paso and Juarez, MX.  She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of KCOS. She previously served as the Community Initiatives Coordinator at United Way of El Paso County. In that position… Read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Club Leaders

The Latinitas team is extremely grateful to our talented Club Leader team for mentoring girls and coordinating after-school clubs.  We asked our Club Leaders to tell us what motivated them to get involved with Latinitas and here is what they shared:    Bianca Castrejon, Social Work Junior at UTEP I want to take part in… Read more

Denise Riojas: Mentee Becomes the Mentor

Denise Riojas joined Latinitas in the 7th grade at Martin Middle School and participated until she graduated 8th grade.  Quiet and thoughtful, Denise took a little time coming out of her shell, but when she did, her take on Latinas and media representation opened up. “Latinitas made me feel proud of my culture, something I had… Read more

Board Member Spotlight: Gracie Cain

Board Member Spotlight: Gracie Cain Gracie Cain, Latinitas Board Member, has been the heart of our marketing and event planning committee. Gracie has helped coordinate several Latinitas fundraisers, such as the Butterfly Effect, Fashion Shows, and, most recently, Tiara Tuesday. Gracie joined Latinitas to help make an impact in addressing some of the challenges girls… Read more

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