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A spotlight on Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez is not only the youngest but also the only Latina that is a part of the United States gymnastics olympic team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was born on June 9, 2000 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is of Puerto Rican descent. After Laurie began taking recreational classes, she was spotted by Maggie Haney who has been her coach ever since. Quickly, both Laurie and her trainer proved that they had what it took to make it to the Olympics one day. In 2012, Laurie finished 21st…


Added by Olivia Soledad on August 10, 2016 at 3:17pm — No Comments

What latinitas think about women being in STEM careers

 During the STEM camps we address the type of careers that are out there that are mostly dominated by males and that women are not seen working in those fields that much. Our girls got a lesson on what STEM means which is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The girls were then asked to write what they thought of women working in  these careers and to give an example of a women working in these careers.

" I think women would be best at mathematics. Women should…


Added by Latinitas Intern on August 17, 2016 at 10:53am — No Comments

Letter to Myself

After learning about Photoshop and the effects it can have on our self-esteem, our Latinitas wrote letters to themselves expressing everything they like about them, most specially, appreciating their won flaws which makes them beautiful and unique.

"Dear Nevaeh,…


Added by itzel barraza on August 17, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments


During our Tech Camp at the Boys and Girls Club, our Latinitas learned about hashtags and used the #PowerfulChicas tag to give out positive messages…


Added by itzel barraza on August 18, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Chicas empowerring Quotes

 During the tech camps the girls wrote quotes describing why they are powerful,smart, and inspiring chicas

" I am powerful because I can do a lot of things" - Hellen

" I am smart because I passed the fourth grade with a 79% average."- Makayla

" I am a leader because I am smart and strong and like to know peoples strengths and weaknesses."- Rosalie

" I am smart because I listen and I like to study."- Mitzzie

" I am…


Added by Latinitas Intern on August 17, 2016 at 11:33am — No Comments

Tech Camp -Web-Designers!

For one of the assignments for Tech Camp, our Latinitas got the chance to create their own websites on paper. They got to design them and explained to us what they are each about. Here they are:

What is the theme of your website? What is the…


Added by itzel barraza on August 18, 2016 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Senior Year: Day 2

  Day 2 was actually better than the first. I was worried because I had two AP courses on that day, and all new teachers. However, the Psychology teacher is very organized in her lesson plans, and it seems as though she set up the class to make it easier on us. She doesn't do after school or Saturday tutoring, and has already given us our homework ahead of time. As for Statistics, it kind of seems like a lot of work and does do Saturdays, but the teacher said if I cannot make it I can go…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on August 22, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

Starting a new school year!

Today the Socorro school district of El Paso has just started class and soon will the rest of the schools. Whether you are going into elementary school, middle school, high school, or college and above, it is important to start thinking about the goals you set for your school year. Summer is a great time to enjoy your friends, your family and the sun but during the school year is where you experience most of your internal growth that will pave the way to your future. Going to school usually…


Added by Olivia Soledad on August 1, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Sometimes it can be hard

   As a young adult, school, work and social life can get into a knot, but sometimes that isn't the problem. Although I have social media it is hard to express your feelings without people worrying about you. I enjoy this one because people can read it, worry about you but it's not a big rock that hits you in the face.…


Added by Marlett Mojica on July 21, 2016 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

Dear Older Me!

We asked the girls to write a letter to their older selves so they'd be able to open them when they become adults or teenagers. This is what some of them wrote. "Dear Celeste, I really like the

Added by Ana-Paola Perez on July 19, 2016 at 11:58am — No Comments

Why Females Athletes Are Capable of Surpassing the Guys

Today I get to watch my favorite TV show, American Ninja Warrior (ANW). I love this show. The competitors are like real-life super heroes. Every time I watch, I am in awe of what the human body is capable of. 

I am especially in awe of what the female competitors are capable of.

ANW is a unique show in which men and women compete against each other, but from a young age, we (girls) learn that boys are naturally stronger. We start to believe that we can’t possibly compete…


Added by Kirsty Brewster on July 19, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Confronting the world at my own

Hello girls! It's been a while since I don't get in touch with you. This is partly because of what happened at me at the bridge one Monday I was heading to Latinitas office. 

Let me explain how afraid and frustrated I was that day starting from the moment I walked out of home. As every normal Monday, I had to go to my internship at Latinitas office. I had to bathe, get on some clothes, have breakfast, brush my teeth and prepare my stuff for the day, which includes my documents for… Continue

Added by Grecia Sanchez on July 6, 2016 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Why Frida Kahlo is so important

Frida Kahlo is an important and prominent figure that broke numerous barriers in reaching her level of success. Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907. She contracted polio from a young age and later suffered serious injuries following a bus crash when she was 18 years old. She suffered a great deal of pain but despite these events, Kahlo continued to paint and engage in her passion. She mostly painted self-portraits because she often spent time by herself since she was often left…


Added by Olivia Soledad on July 15, 2016 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Latinitas Give Advice: My Friend is Depressed

A letter is written to Latinitas anonymously and different Latinitas give their point of view and personal advice.

My friend is depressed. She doesn't talk about how she feels.She struggles in school, was separated from her real mom and is being raised by her Grandmother. She is sad and lonely. How can I help her?

She can get professional help or to let go of her past and keep moving. She needs to understand that she's a strong and independent…


Added by Latinitas Intern on July 1, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Latinitas Give Advice: How Can I Be More Independent?

A letter is written to Latinitas anonymously and different Latinitas give their point of view and personal advice.


What would help me in this scenario?

How can I be more independent as in taking care of myself and my family?

Both of my parents aren't home right now and I have to do things on my own now.

Umm this is hard to give advice to but I'm going through the same thing. I still…


Added by Latinitas Intern on July 1, 2016 at 9:58am — No Comments

Latinitas Give Advice: How Can I get Through Bullying?

A letter is written to Latinitas anonymously and different Latinitas give their point of view and personal advice.


How can I get through bullying?

Bullying is tough. Adults and teachers and talk shows advise you to ignore the problem, but I know that's much much easier said than done. The good thing about bullying, is that it's based completely on falsehood. Anything that someone says to you that makes you feel…


Added by Latinitas Intern on July 1, 2016 at 10:25am — No Comments

Being Mindful

     My cousin, an eight-year-old boy, was becoming increasingly frustrated by what he felt to be an unwise control of the car stereo. His desire to change the station from his mother's 80's alternative grew into the brink of an all-out tantrum. "Hey," she checks him, "remember what you learned in your mindfulness class." Mindfulness class, I think from the passenger seat, I've done one of those. Practicing mindfulness is what helped lift me out of my freshman year depression.



Added by Cande Duran on July 7, 2016 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Descabellado pesar de una mexicana

Hello girls, this is one of the poems I wrote in times of despair. Every time I read about deportations, immigration experiences, and/or abuses on behalf of immigration officers, professors, or any other authority in the US towards immigrants, I just feel attacked.

I wrote how I feel and what I think of following the "American dream." I wrote this because for me, every experience I hear and…


Added by Grecia Sanchez on July 7, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Why You Should Rock Climb

Friday was my first time in two months that I was able to climb after my hip injury. Normally I’d have to wait until I got back to Austin, but a rock climbing gym just opened in El Paso. It’s called the Cave Climbing Gym and I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area. So, in celebration of my return to climbing, I present a list of reasons on why you should rock climb.

  1. You’ll get a full-body workout. While climbing never quite feels like a workout, it works out…

Added by Kirsty Brewster on July 5, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Embrace your body.

ESPN Magazine has announced that its legendary "Body Issue" will be hitting the newsstands on July 8. For those of you who have yet to take a peek at this magazine, it is truly inspiring.

The article consists of pictures of nude/semi-nude athletes, (don't worry, nothing wildly inappropriate!), showcasing what I believe are the countless hours training, the hard work, and the contours of their body that they have earned. To these athletes, they aren't only bodies, this is the…


Added by Andrea Luna on July 6, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments

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