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Latinitas Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month w/ the 1st Latina Girls Conference in Austin | TECHchica 2012
ATX | Ask Hispanic women achieving what they lacked on their path to success and you might be surprised that the challenges of academics and economics take a back seat to the absence of needed Latina role models –examples of those who have “made it.”
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) Latinitas is bringing together mentors and young Latinas by hosting the 1st ever Latina Girls Conference, TECHchica, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Austin Community College’s Eastview campus.
Saturday, October 6
Cost: $15 per girl.
Girls will engage in a “hackathon” like atmosphere developing a social media campaign to “change the world” and then implement it using blogs, video and podcasts.
“When we asked Hispanic girls in Latinitas’ programs what motivates them, they unanimously agree that they want to help others.” said Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, Latinitas, Founder, COO. “We are pairing their love of technology and media production with the desire to create a social media campaign that will do just that.”
Female bloggers, IT professionals and video producers from all over the city will walk girls ages 9-18 through these activities. During lunch, girls will be visited by a panel of women leading and succeeding in technology including local journalists, bloggers and technology executives from area businesses which will be filmed for a national web stream/simulcast to Latinitas’ El Paso chapter.
Latinos are still significantly less likely than whites to have a home internet connection (55% vs. 75%) due to several socio-economic factors including low levels of education and limited English ability. That lack of access reflects heavily in Latinitas where 95% of club attendees do not have a computer at home.
“Ten years teaching digital media education and publishing the only magazine made for and by young Latinas, Latinitas has seen a lot of technology innovation come from girls as young as 8 and we wanted to create a fun, supported, competitive environment where they could work collaboratively with a concentrated group of educators, technophiles and mentors.” Said founder Laura Donnelly Gonzalez.
Established in 2002, Latinitas, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology, has been a vital part of young Latinas’ lives through after school programs, teen internships, Saturday and summer camps, special events, and the very first online e-zine for young Latinas — www.latinitasmagazine.org. The bilingual magazine, written for and by young Latinas, provides a vehicle whereby these girls and young women not only see themselves positively reflected, but are also a part of the production.
An opportunity to practice and experience a foreign language is through the participation in cultural events. Foreign language students internalize a language and their study when they take the initiative and immerse themselves in its culture(s). Here are a few fun opportunities to immerse in the Spanish culture by volunteering and experiencing the Other.
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“El Grito de Independencia”
Dieciséis, Mexico’s Independence Celebration
Saturday, September 15th
Volunteers needed: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“5th Year Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating Five Years of Cultural Enrichment
Saturday, October 13th
Volunteers needed from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Open House
- Dedication to Carlos Pineda
- Library Grand Opening
- “Sueños Desgarrados – Opening Reception
- Danza Azteca Guadalupana
- Award of Excellence Ceremony
The 5th Annual Día los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, November 3
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American Cultural Arts and heritage.
The center is a resource for the community and visitors to learn and participate in programs that will foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of not only Mexican American, but also Native American, Chicano, and other Latino cultures. The programs, events and educational curriculum include the areas of visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, music, multi-media and film.