• Nothing innovative about dumbing down curriculum to close racial achievement gap

    LatinaLista — There has always been talk of redesigning the high school curriculum to help close the achievement gap that persists between Anglo students and Latino and black students. Yet Berkeley High School is doing something that, while it is meant to have good intentions behind it, amounts to nothing more than...

  • Special program brings students together with Spanish

    LatinaLista — What's the difference between Latino students of one high school versus "Spanish students" at another? The quick assumption would be that they are the same -- all Hispanic students. Yet, that's not true in this case. While the Latino students of Danbury High School are Hispanic, the Spanish students from...

  • Unique online toy drive & fundraiser bridges children’s needs in both Latin and North America

    LatinaLista — While December 25 is recognized as being THE day to share gifts in the United States, and around the world, there is another day that is equally important to most Latinos worldwide -- Three Kings Day or Dia de Los Reyes Magos. January 6 is the traditional day when most...

  • Nashville Hispanic Chamber plays Santa to children turned away by local charities

    LatinaLista — Headlines are always filled with bad news. In fact, conventional thinking in the news industry is the worse the headline, the bigger the attraction. Unfortunately, it works. Yet, there should always be a time where we can take a rest from the bad headlines and see that there does exist...

  • Nashville authorities have a lot of explaining to do to immigrant mother

    LatinaLista — My old friend, Tim Chavez, who died from leukemia in May, and blogged about immigration issues in Tennessee at Political Salsa, used to tell me that he had a lot of work to do in his adopted city of Nashville. Little did I realize what he meant. Back in September,...

  • Latino Youth survey bolsters proof that programs targeting young Latinos are needed — now

    LatinaLista — The last two sentences in the opening paragraph that introduces the Pew Hispanic Center's latest report Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America should have everyone sitting on the edge of their seats. Never before in this country's history has a minority ethnic group made up...

  • Spotlight: AVANCE teaches Latino parents how to make a better life for their children

    LatinaLista — Today's Spotlight on a non-profit serving the Latino community is Avance. Since 1973, AVANCE has helped parents prepare their children for school by focusing on what parents can do during the critical first three years of their child's life. AVANCE primarily serves Hispanic families in low-income, at-risk communities. It has...

  • Rehab and addiction create a formidable monster for a young boy to overcome

    Zach is a senior but he's in rehab instead of high school. He doesn't remember how he got there. Remembering sucks and being alive - well, what's up with that?   LatinaLista — Last Night I sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a story about Zach, a young man addicted...

  • A daughter’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to discover her true self

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — What is a person to do when they find out all they believed for all of their life about their family, and especially their mother, is false? So lays the plot for Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo. Gabriella Richards feels betrayed. Between her doting...

  • Making tamales a family tradition that lives on and on

    LatinaLista — One longstanding tradition among Mexican-American families at Christmastime is making tamales. Usually a day-long event, each member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, is assigned a special job to help make the process go faster and more fun. Growing Up with Tamales, by Gwendolyn Zepeda is a...

  • USDA data shows more Latino children going hungry

    LatinaLista — In a nation of over 307 million people, 2.3 million doesn't sound like a very significant number. As a number by itself, it isn't. Only when it's realized that 2.3 million refers to the number of Hispanic households with children who feel the pangs of hunger because they are "food...

  • Salvation Army takes their popular Angel Tree online

    LatinaLista — If you've been out shopping, you might have noticed that the Salvation Army Christmas ringers are already out in full force with their red kettles. With such dismal results last year, it only makes sense that they get an early start this year. Donations weren't what they used to be...

  • Spotlight: Bringing books to children living in the poorest colonia of the nation

    LatinaLista — Along the Texas-Mexico border, there lies Starr County, Texas. It is one of the poorest counties in the nation with a population of about 62,000 -- 97 percent Latino. The U.S. Census reports that only 35 percent of the people have a high school diploma and less than seven percent...

  • Rates for preterm births increase as Latinas of child-bearing age on track to reach 11 million

    LatinaLista — By next year, the US Census Bureau projects that there will be an increase of Latinas of child-bearing age (15-44 years) reaching 11 million versus a decrease from 38.8 million in 2006 to 37.4 million in 2010 for non-Hispanic white women. Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of Hispanic women...

  • Child welfare workers too quick to remove Latino children from their families

    LatinaLista — No state child protection agency wants a label of "dereliction of duty" hanging over their heads if a child under their supervision turns up abused, or worse, can't be found as happened in Florida with foster child Rilya Wilson. Maybe that's the reason why too many child protective services around...

  • New report challenges the definition of the ultimate “labor of love”

    LatinaLista — Though women are occupying the labor force in unprecedented numbers, and in many cases, are the major breadwinners in their families these days, when it comes to caregiving it's still seen as a woman's domain. A new report by WIDE, an European network of women's organizations, titled WE CARE! Feminist...

  • Latino community answers the call to help young Latinas, but what about the boys?

    LatinaLista — Earlier this month, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report titled The Changing Pathways of Hispanic Youths Into Adulthood. While not a lot of the statistics cited in the report were new -- Latino students still lag behind their peers when it comes to high school graduation rates, college completion,...

  • A teen’s growing pains takes her on a journey of a lifetime

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Apolonia Flores doesn't much like her name. However, her father takes pride in telling people where her name came from: "It's the girl form of Apollo. He was the god of the sun. Get it? It's my way of calling you a sunflower." Parents! What can a...

  • Guest Voz: One mother’s crusade to increase blood donations among Latinos

    By Velia Gonzalez LatinaLista — When it comes to donating blood, the Latino community has a poor track record. In 2008, it was estimated that less than 4 percent of Latinos donate their blood. That fact is never appreciated until someone in the Latino community needs it. While we think that anyone's...

  • New study shows most Latino students drop out of high school for economic need

    LatinaLista — It's estimated that there are 6.2 million high school dropouts in the nation. Contrary to what some say, it's the high school dropouts who are fueling the rise in our prison populations according to a new study.   Consequences of Dropping out of High School: Joblessness & Jailing for High...

  • Stop Medicine Abuse Month targets teens who want an easy high

    LatinaLista — Ever heard of Tussing? What about Skittling? If you haven't, then you're way behind any teenager you may know. Both are forms of abusing drugs -- over the counter (OTC) drugs like cough medicine. It's a growing trend, along with abusing prescription drugs, among young people who want to get...

  • Latinos must use political capital towards demanding passage of the REAL Act

    LatinaLista — In my 17 years of journalism covering issues that impact the Latino community, the saddest stories I've covered have had to do with teenage pregnancy. Not for the fact that these young Latinas got pregnant and found themselves now as mothers because, in the majority of the interviews I've conducted...

  • Disney rewards volunteerism with free one-day admission

    LatinaLista — We all know that volunteering is good for the soul. Now, we can also say that it's good for the family pocketbook! A really cool program to inspire, and motivate, even the youngest of kids to lend a helping hand has been created by -- Disney! Called Give a Day,...

  • Wendy’s restaurants 15-year high school scholarship competition reaches out to Latino students

    LatinaLista — When we hear the term "Heisman Trophy," most of us, who aren't even football fans, know that this is the highest award to give a college football player. In most cases, it's like the golden ticket to that player's future in the National Football League. Well, it so happens that...

  • TX school district sets bad example to students by bussing them to hear former Pres. Bush but banned Obama from classrooms

    LatinaLista — Last night's outburst by South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson where he shouted, "You lie" to President Obama during Obama's joint address to Congress was quickly condemned by members on both sides of the aisle in the only strong show of bipartisanship visible last night. Former President Bush and current President...