• From the White House to the “LaunchPad”

    By Monica Peña La Voz de Austin AUSTIN -- LaunchPad (LP) programs reach out to disadvantaged youths that are at academic crossroads due to at-risk behavior which could determine whether they engage or disengage from school. LP has been active for the third year in a row at Dobie Middle School and...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Connecting children with healthy eating in “bite-sized” lessons

    LatinaLista -- There are two parts of the battle against childhood obesity -- teaching children and their families which foods are healthy to eat and how to cook healthy foods. It's the second part that is proving more difficult in slimming waistlines. Most people have a pretty good idea which foods aren't...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Former foster care child empowers children with “Foster Skills”

    LatinaLista -- A study by the University of Chicago found that less than ten percent of children who go through the foster care system ever graduate from college. One of the lucky ones is Marquis Cabrera. Abandoned as an infant and spending most of his youth in foster care until he was...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Giving hope to Latinos who want to go to college

    LatinaLista -- The word "esperanza" means hope in Spanish. Today, in this troubling economy, it's hard for people to have hope if they don't have good job prospects. And to get a good job, one needs an education. Unfortunately, too many Latino families live paycheck to paycheck. The notion of paying an...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Replacing bruises with a “ROSE”

    LatinaLista -- One of the worst times in a woman or young girl's life is when she feels "beaten" down, physically and emotionally, by the man in her life to whom she's professed her most personal gift -- her love. Unfortunately, this feeling goes beyond breaking up with someone, it's all about...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Giving urban teens tools to build a better future for themselves and others

    LatinaLista -- Most people think that just keeping kids busy with sports, music lessons or after-school activities will round out their characters and give them that edge in school. And to a degree, that's true. But also giving kids something positive to do in their communities on a year-round basis works just as...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Teaching parents how to “book cuddle” with their children

    LatinaLista -- Literacy. It's a word that gauges the future success of our children in school. Children who have an appreciation of reading and learn the basics of sounding out words go on to have success in school. Children who aren't exposed to books and don't grasp those early lessons are doomed...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Opening up young Latinas’ eyes to a world of possibilities via photography

    LatinaLista -- The power of photography can't be underestimated. Simple pictures that show the joy, complexity, sadness of life are more powerful than words could ever convey. Photographers who have the opportunity to bring those images to life and share them with a wider audience are bound to feel pretty special. For...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Raising the bar on treating the homeless

    LatinaLista -- San Antonio's newest and largest facility serving homeless adults and children draws attention because it isn't just another place where the homeless find refuge. Haven for Hope raises the bar on helping the homeless by creating the first "Homeless Transformation Campus" in the country. Citing their mission as "to transform...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: A Mother’s Day kickoff for new campaign to End the War on Drugs

    LatinaLista -- Mother's Day is a day usually set aside to celebrate mom but this Mother's Day has a slightly different twist -- it's the kick-off date for a new national campaign entitled "Moms United to End the War on Drugs." The campaign is under the nonprofit A New PATH (Parents for...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Sharing love of Mexican history and culture one dance at a time

    LatinaLista -- With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, no fiesta is complete without two symbols of Mexican culture -- mariachis and folkloric dancers. Swirling bright-colored skirts, whipping braided hair decorated with ribbons while performing quick toe-heel tapping dance steps, folkloric dancers attempt to recreate a little bit of Mexico's cultural...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Making the world environmentally friendly for kids

    LatinaLista -- Most people understand that there is a link between our health and our environment. There's a reason why people aren't thrilled living in neighborhoods towered over by power lines or living near smoke-spewing plants. The effects can be bad enough on adults but devastating to children's developing bodies and minds....

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Giving the gift of culture to kids who need it most

    LatinaLista -- The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. is the time of day when kids, who have no adult supervision, are most at risk for getting into trouble. Ideally, these kids should be enrolled in programs that don't just keep them busy but teach them new lessons, challenge them to...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: GINA’s Team helps inmates find purpose in life in and out of prison

    LatinaLista -- According to a 2010 report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the United States currently incarcerates a higher share of its population than any other country in the world. The U.S. incarceration rate - 753 per 100,000 people in 2008 - is now about 240 percent higher than...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Granting prom dress wishes to underprivileged girls

    LatinaLista -- With the tagline, "We provide everything but the date," The Fairy Godmother Project, based in Houston, Texas, grants the wishes of underprivileged high school senior girls and boys with the one thing that would prevent them from attending their class prom -- prom dresses and tuxedos. The Fairy Godmother Project...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping those in need with the gift of clear vision

    LatinaLista -- Good vision is something that people who have it take for granted, and those who don't have it have learned the importance of a good pair of eyeglasses. The only problem is unless a family has vision included in their health coverage or lives in a state where Medicaid still...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Tapping bilingual students’ skills to give back to the community

    LatinaLista -- It's not often that a high school Latino student organization offers their members as mentor tutors to junior high and elementary-age students. Yet, that's part of the mission of Utah-based Latinos in Action (LIA). LIA is class/program for junior high and high schoolers that encourages Latino students to use their bilingual...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Welcoming Latino elderly to their golden years

    LatinaLista -- According to the most recent data from the Administration on Aging, the number of Latino senior citizens stood at 2.7 million in 2008. Latino senior citizens comprise 6.8 percent of the total senior population. It's projected that by 2019 Latino senior citizens, aged 65 and over, will be the largest...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Teaching kids to grow academically one move at a time

    LatinaLista -- The game of chess gets little respect in the sports world. That's a shame since it is a game that demands as grueling a workout as any other sport, even though the muscles it's flexing are in the brain. If more saw chess as the sport it is then maybe...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Offering hope of a better future to victims of domestic violence

    LatinaLista -- The FBI reports that a woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the country. In fact, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women from the ages of 15-44. Around the country there are organizations created to serve as a safe refuge for these battered women. In the...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Home gardeners and food pantries partner together to bring food to the hungry

    LatinaLista -- "An estimated 100 billion pounds of food, enough to totally eliminate hunger, is thrown away annually in the United States." It's a startling observation that creates a picture of needless waste when it's known that: One out of six Americans needs food assistance, but can't get fresh produce from the local...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Promoting mental health and physical exercise helps families “Get-Right!”

    LatinaLista -- Physical health is all the rage these days, spearheaded by the First Lady's "Let's Move!" campaign. Yet, as much as people devote time to exercise, not enough think about their mental health. When it comes to families and their hectic schedules, both aspects of health get put on the backburner,...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Acts of community service by youth are no random matters

    LatinaLista.net -- It's never too soon for children to learn that they can make a difference in the world. In fact, it's the mission behind a unique organization with the tagline: Turning Service Projects into Opportunities to Empower Youth   RandomKid is a resource that makes itself available to young people to...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Locks of Love gives poor, sick children a reason to smile and style

    LatinaLista.net -- When any family receives word that their child is diagnosed with cancer or a major illness, it's devastating news. If that family doesn't have health insurance or falls below the poverty line, the news can be catastrophic. It means that those families will be using every spare dollar to just...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Veterans undertake 419-mile hike to raise money to help injured comrades

    LatinaLista.net -- A former Air Force captain claims that casualties among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans now exceed 500,000 when injuries such as mental illness, diseases and other untraditional type afflictions are included in the count. While military officials may dispute the tally, veterans and active-duty officers know that more and more...