• Spotlight Nonprofit: Girls in crisis turn their lives around with special help from unique “gang”

    LatinaLista — Girls are getting into trouble at younger ages than boys and they continue to be the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system. It's a troubling trend that has everyone from law enforcement to community organizations shaking their heads as to how to help. The first way to help,...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Creating educational equity with “graphic” calculations

    LatinaLista — Every college-bound high school junior and senior knows the drill when it comes to taking their SAT tests — get plenty of rest, bring extra pencils with erasers and make sure there's an extra set of batteries for the graphing calculator. The graphing calculator is the one tool that students...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Empowering youth with a “for youth, by youth” philosophy

    LatinaLista — Young people of Pacoima, California are among the most impoverished in the state. The poverty...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Nonprofit fulfills childhood experiences to build positive futures

    LatinaLista — The word "empowerment" is often used to describe an end-goal for many non-profits who work with disadvantaged youth and families. Some organizations define empowering their target clients by offering classes to boost their self-esteem. While that's important, sometimes empowering a person means giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams,...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Lifting the spirits of cancer patients with “Hugs and Kisses”

    LatinaLista — Unfortunately for too many non profits these days, it doesn't matter how noble the cause there just aren't enough donations to go around. The founders at Florida-based Hugs and Kisses know this, especially for a cause like their's that depends on outside money to fund their unique mission. Launched in...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Professional photographer uses his skill to create fine art portraits of the poor to raise awareness and money

    LatinaLista — It's said that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Well, Memphis-based photographer, Bill Piacesi,...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Making kids “TOPS” of their game on and off the court

    LatinaLista — Sports has long been considered the "great equalizer." No matter a person's financial background, ethnicity or race, if he/she had the ability and the persistence it was believed they could make it in that sport. Yet, there are some sports, because of their cost, special equipment and playing facilities, automatically...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Five moms take the fight against childhood poverty global

    LatinaLista — With cries from conservatives reaching fever pitch levels that the only way for the government to cut costs is to cut federal programs that help the poor and underserved, evidence is mounting that this is not a smart move. The United States Conference of Mayors released a report documenting that...

  • International music artists join to create “Voices for an AIDS-free Future”

    LatinaLista -- Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that goes to parts of the world that have limited access to medical care. One part of the world that meets that definition is Zimbabwe, Africa. In Zimbabwe, Doctors Without Borders is treating over 34,000 patients, including many...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Veterans find strength and support to combat physical and mental wounds

    LatinaLista -- The five stars in the logo of the newly launched You Are Strong! non-profit symbolize the five main branches of the military: The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. You Are Strong! founder Xiomara A. Sosa, a veteran herself of the Army and Air Force, knew that...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Breast cancer survivors asking “Y-Me” find they’re not alone

    LatinaLista -- No one should face breast cancer alone. That's the mission focus of the recently launched website for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization™. The web site, available in both English and Spanish, Y-ME, focuses on the human element of the disease by featuring the "People Behind the Pink" -- breast...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Matching college students with business professionals to fulfill career dreams

    LatinaLista -- It's one thing for a child to dream of what they want to be when they grow up, but for many college students, that childhood dream can turn into a state of confusion when faced with reality in college. While college is supposed to be a time to discover yourself,...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Creating special birthday cakes for kids facing adult challenges

    LatinaLista -- For a child, there is only one day all year that is special -- their birthday. But these are tough times and for too many families birthday parties, complete with pretty cakes are just not in the family budget. That's where Sweet Blessings comes in. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, volunteer...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Helping kids cope with divorce

    LatinaLista -- Family separation caused by parents divorcing are usually the hardest on children. Sometimes separation within a family leads a child to act out their frustration, anger and loneliness in ways that aren't always appropriate behavior. Yet the remaining adult in the household is barely equipped to handle the change in...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Helping the homeless find a home and a new future

    LatinaLista -- Green Doors of Austin, Texas has a simple mission -- help end homelessness and poverty housing in Central Texas. What would ordinarily sound like a lofty goal has been transformed into a reachable reality for the 21-year non-profit. Started by a young woman who once was homeless, Green Doors is known...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Protecting the rights of crime victims

    LatinaLista -- Being a crime victim can be the most helpless and lonely position a person can find themselves in. For the vast majority of crime victims, it is a new experience that creates a whole new range of emotions to be experienced and thrusts a person into a legal system most...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Keeping needy children warm with a new coat

    LatinaLista -- For every coat we buy, a child will be warm this winter. For every coat we don't buy, a child will be cold. It was in 2006 that a group of friends in Chicago, who decided that it would be more meaningful to buy Christmas gifts for a family in...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Moving the conversation of childhood cancer outside cancer community

    LatinaLista -- Cancer kills children more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined. Cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in the United States. It's a reality that the Cruse family of North Texas knows only too well. In 2009, eight-year-old Connor Cruse...

  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Giving hope, love and attention to end-of-life patients

    LatinaLista -- In the Latino culture, the notion that any member of our families would die alone is such a foreign concept that we don't give it a second thought. Unfortunately, when it comes to terminally ill, indigent people, who have no extended family, the prospect of dying alone isn't just inevitable,...

  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Giving homeless children something to call their own

    LatinaLista -- Dedria Brunett is all smiles these days. Life is going well. She reigns as Miss Teen California International 2010. Her non profit Luggage of Love is getting a lot of press, she's started community college and she is pursuing a dream she's had for a while -- acting. Yet, there...

  • Non profit: After 28 years, still going strong as a voice for Latin America in DC

    LatinaLista -- The relationship between the United States and Latin America is one that only grows stronger by virtue of the immigrants coming from those countries to settle in the U.S. Too many times the reason for the exodus of Latin American immigrants from their native countries is a direct result of...

  • Bilingual site helps Latino parents create a “New Futuro” for their children

    LatinaLista -- In every survey conducted of Latino parents about their hopes for the education of their children, the unanimous sentiment is that they want their children to go on to college. Unfortunately, there is a learning gap for parents when it comes to knowing how to help their kids apply for...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Standing up for homeless and street kids

    LatinaLista -- It's reported that 1.5 million children are homeless in this country. Thirteen kids die on the street every day from abuse, disease and suicide. Kids are running away at the rate of one every minute. In every classroom of thirty-five kids, seven of them will run away before they are...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Giving kids the keys to tune up their lives

    LatinaLista -- What do old pianos have to do with helping kids? A lot, if those pianos are donated to Keys 4/4 Kids (K4K). The premise is simple: Send out a call to the community for old pianos to donate to K4K. Workers from the non-profit pick up the piano, tune it...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Making philanthropy relevant to students

    LatinaLista -- One criticism of today's young people is that, with all their extra-curricular activities, technology that absorbs their attention from mobile phones to Wii and their time spent with social media, they don't think enough about "giving back" to their local communities. One organization in Ohio wants to change that. UGive.org...