• Spotlight Non-profit: Boise Bicycle Project fulfills the dreams of city’s low-income children

    LatinaLista — The pride and joy of every child, before they’re old enough to drive, is to have their own bike. Yet for many low-income families that’s a luxury item that just can’t be squeezed into the family budget. For these families lucky enough to live in Boise, Idaho, they don’t have to...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Home for troubled youth shows all it takes is a little love and mercy

    LatinaLista —  When some children don’t get along with their parents, they get mad, go to their room, slam the door and stew until they’ve calmed down and get hungry. For other kids, it’s not so easy. For the kids who are abused by their parents, neglected or hurting, a slammed door...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: A writing program that empowers the WriteGirl

    LatinaLista — It’s one thing to put words to paper or computer screen but quite another to share those words through publication or public reading. When that “sharing” step is achieved, the words don’t just ring out with greater authority, the writers themselves are empowered and emboldened to no longer remain silent...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Seventh-grader creates a way to take art to homeless and orphaned children

    LatinaLista — Today’s economy is making everyone tighten their financial belts — families, businesses, the government and schools! The hope is always that schools can be spared from any kind of budget cutbacks since it’s the children who directly suffer but that’s just not reality these days. Whether it’s cutting the number...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Pairing professional musicians to mentor low-income music students

    LatinaLista — Austin, Texas is known as a music mecca. After all, it’s home to the SXSW Music Festival (South by Southwest), one of the most international gatherings of musical artists. With all that musical talent in one town, it makes sense that a program could be created to pair professional musicians...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Global Girl Media broadcasts the voices of underserved girls

    LatinaLista — Media, whether it’s print, online or broadcast, is a powerful medium that empowers anyone who uses it. Amie Williams knew that. She also knew that there existed young poor girls the world over who, because of their circumstances, were being left behind when it came to social media and getting...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Con Mi MADRE partners mothers and daughters in preparing for college

    LatinaLista — The special relationship that most Latinas have with their mothers is one that isn’t duplicated among other ethnicities. For that reason, a group of Junior League women in 1992 in Austin, Texas knew that when it came to creating a program to encourage young Latinas to apply for college, they...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Giving every low-income child a chance to own their First Book

    LatinaLista– “Eighty percent of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for the children they serve. Millions of children spend thousands of hours every week in programs and schools that are starving for resources necessary to improve educational quality.” This was the sad discovery, Kyle Zimmer, a corporate...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: On a mission to preserve and raise awareness of Latino culture

    LatinaLista — San Antonio’s Centro Cultural Aztlan has a big mission: “preserve and build upon the long tradition of Chicano/Latino culture by creating programs that would involve local artists and increase public awareness of their work.” It’s a mission they’ve been successfully fulfilling since their founding in 1977. One measure of that...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Working to keep the voices of Latino seniors in the national dialogue

    LatinaLista — It’s often said that the most vulnerable of the population are its children. While that is true, it’s also true that a close second for that title are senior citizens. When language and cultural differences are thrown in the mix, then it becomes imperative that there be someone, some agency,...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: La Alianza Hispana partners with Greater Boston Latinos to strive, excel and achieve

    LatinaLista — Everybody needs to start somewhere. La Alianza Hispana (LAH), Inc. of Greater Boston strives to do that for their local Latino community. Begun in 1968 by Ana Maria Rodriguez, a teacher of English as a second language at an elementary school in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Rodriguez noticed the impoverished conditions of...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: One little girl’s needless death inspired a community to create equal access to healthcare

    LatinaLista — In 1975, a six-year-old girl named Virginia Garcia cut her foot in Oregon, where the girl’s farmworker family had come from their home in Mission, Texas to harvest the local produce. Speaking little English and having no health insurance, Virginia’s family didn’t immediately take her to the doctor. An infection...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Teaching immigrant workers they too have a voice

    LatinaLista — One of the consequences of illegal immigration is the subculture of workers that unscrupulous employers have learned how to take advantage of. For example, in the Niagara Falls area of New York last month, an undocumented worker, upset with the contractor who hired him to work on a house and...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: The LAYC goes beyond academics to ensure success in life for low-income Latino youth

    LatinaLista — If an organization has been able to last for 42 years then it’s obvious they’re doing something right. There’s no truer example of that than with the D.C.-based Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Founded in 1968 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1974, the simple initial purpose of the LAYC...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Casa de los Niños keeps children safe from child abuse

    LatinaLista — Child abuse seems to be in the headlines more and more every day. Whether it’s due to parents under stress from a bad economy or the fact that some people have no business being parents, the bottom line is that there are children, from infants to teens, who find themselves...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping former student gang members shed inked skin

    LatinaLista According to the latest National Youth Gang Survey Analysis 1996-2007, it’s estimated that there are 788,000 gang members in the United States — the majority are Latino (49%) followed by blacks (35%); whites (9%) and 7% comprised of other “race/ethnicity.” The majority of gang members are adults but in the smaller...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Finding loving foster care homes for Latino infants and toddlers

    LatinaLista The number of Latino children in foster care more than doubled from 6.7 percent of the foster care population in 1982 to 19 percent in 2006, according to a fact sheet published by the Casey Latino Leadership Group. A large percentage of Latino children placed in foster care are infants and...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping immigrants become part of the American Fraternity

    LatinaLista It’s hard enough for immigrants to move to a new country, learn a new language in many cases and learn a whole new set of laws and system for doing things — that’s where American Fraternity comes in. Established in 1989 and based in Miami, Florida, American Fraternity works with local...

  • First Lady pushes the nation to get moving on combating childhood obesity

    LatinaLista — Childhood obesity is a BIG problem in the Latino community that is only getting worse. The severity of the problem was underscored this morning with President Obama signing a presidential memorandum establishing the first-ever government-wide Task Force on Childhood Obesity. In hand with that task force is a newly launched...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Opening the doors to top-tier American orchestras for Latino and Black student musicians

    LatinaLista Among the nation’s classical musical orchestras, blacks and Latinos only constitute 5% of the musicians. A man by the name of Aaron P. Dworkin vowed to change those dismal statistics. With a vision to make classical music reflect the nation’s cultural diversity and have it play a role in the everyday...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Delivering teens the message — “ME NOW…baby later”

    LatinaLista — One of the most urgent problems stalking Latino communities is teen pregnancies. It’s always been known that Latina teens contributed disproportionately to the number of teenage pregnancies but the latest study done by the Guttmacher Institute shows that after a decline in the 1990s, teen pregnancy rates increased three percent...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Servicing Latino children with disabilities

    LatinaLista — According the U.S. Census, 41.2 million people have some level of disability. Having a disability makes getting needed services or specialized equipment or finding just the right information hard enough but when that’s compounded with language barriers or cultural stigmas it’s a whole lot harder. For Latino families in California,...

  • Spotlight: Unaccompanied immigrant children find a KIND hand to help them in court

    LatinaLista — The United States doesn’t just attract the illegal entry of adults looking for work. This country is also a beacon to more than 8,000 children every year, from as young as toddlers to teens, who illegally enter the country without their parents. Too often, the reason why most of these...

  • Spotlight: Community residents band together to fight impact of big industry’s pollution

    LatinaLista — A sad and all too often ignored fact is that the people who are on the frontline of Corporate America’s environmental abuses are low-income and/or minority neighborhoods. In 2001, residents of the Commerce/East Los Angeles area were concerned about the increasing health and environmental impacts from the industrial pollution in...

  • Spotlight: Young DC professionals band together to give hope to college-bound immigrant students

    LatinaLista — College education costs are rising so quickly and steeply that a lot of students are losing hope that they will ever achieve their dream. For low-income immigrant students, both legal and undocumented, that hope to achieve a college education is even slimmer — until The Esperanza Education Fund. Founded only...