Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Latinitas in El Paso Times

Latinitas was featured in the El Paso Times this past Saturday where volunteer models worked on last minute preparations for the Fashionistas Inspiring Girls Fashion Show. The girls had their pictures taken while practicing their runway walk in Latinitas headquarters. Featured in the article, Latinitas Editorial Intern, Sonia Rangel explained how this fashion show is different  from the rest and how it's unique,  "It's more than fashion, it's more about culture, why we're proud to be women, why we're proud to be Latinas." El Dorado High School senior Elizabeth Gonzalez was also featured in the article as one of the real-life teen models who volunteered to participate in this charity event benefiting the scholarship funds for Latinitas. Latinitas' executive director, Alicia Rascon, was also interviewed for the El Paso Times article. She described how this event is meant to celebrate the true beauty of being a Latina girl,  "The event gives girls the chance to embrace their inner and outer beauty, girls of all shapes and sizes, to celebrate the diversity of what it means to be a Latina and reflect what Latina beauty really means."

To read more about the article click on the link: http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_18059397

Monday, May 16, 2011

Teen Media Academy

 May 28, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
EPCC Valle Verde Campus, Room A2158
For Girls in Grades 9-12

The Teen Media Academy is a full-day multimedia training for high school girls with intensive instruction led by local media producers. The media academy will take place on May 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus (Room A2158) hosted by Latinitas Magazine. Teens will have an opportunity to get tips from the pros and meet a magazine editor, newspaper reporter, photojournalist, radio DJ and TV news anchor. The media training is designed to encourage girls to build confidence and learn how to express themselves creatively through media. With hands-on media workshops, girls will learn about self-expression through writing, photography, audio production, poetry and film-making. During the workshop, teens will also complete an article, photo essay, audio podcast and a video broadcast. Participants will also learn how they can become writers for LatinitasMagazine.org, a digital magazine by and for local Latina youth. Space is limited, so registration is required. The event costs $5 and covers lunch. To register, contact 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org. 

Latina Power Conference

June 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
UTEP Union
To promote girl power, Latinitas is organizing the Latina Power Conference for local middle and high school girls. This event is geared toward encouraging girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves and make wise decisions. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. Girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances and music entertainment. The event is open to girls ages 12-18. Admission is $5 and covers lunch. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. A few needs-based scholarships are available.  The conference is organized by the Latinitas Teen Leadership Institute members.  Latinitas is a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology.  To register, call 219.8554 or email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com. Visit www.LatinitasMagazine.org for more information.