• 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...

  • Latino coach says culture holds back US youth from international soccer championships

    LatinaLista -- It's estimated that over 18 million people in the United States play soccer, 78 percent of which are under the age of 18. While the sport, better known as "futbol" or "football" in the rest of the world, is steadily gaining in popularity in the US -- after all, who...

  • 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...

  • After fourth grade, Latino students show no progress in learning geography

    LatinaLista -- If there's one single bit of news to cheer about regarding today's release of The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), it's that fourth graders still love to learn. In fact, it's only among fourth graders where the achievement gap has been narrowed...

  • International report examines how some students are “discarded” by school systems

    LatinaLista -- There's long been debate in the United States over whether or not retaining a child in a particular grade was a good or bad thing. Yet, no one ever addresses if transferring students, labeled "troublemakers," to alternative schools is good or bad. The idea that getting troublemakers out of the...

  • Texas suspends/expels 60 percent of middle and high school students, majority being black and Latino

    LatinaLista -- Today's release of the Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 showed that 12th graders not only had the least improvement in geography scores but the percentage of students at or above Proficient was lower in 2010 than in earlier assessment years. The reasons for the high school seniors doing badly ranges...

  • 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...

  • Adoption agency gives Latina, black and Native American birthmothers a voice in finding adoptive parents

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to transracial adopting -- when an adopted child is of a different race/ethnicity from the adoptive parents -- a loving home outweighs any other concern for what is best for the child. Yet, it makes sense that, if possible, a child should be placed with a family...

  • Guest Voz: Latino families need more choices of learning programs to see their children succeed in school

    LatinaLista -- Latino youth are not living up to their academic potential. It's an undeniable fact and a bold statement. But it doesn't just place the blame on Latino families, like a recent speech by the President and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank; it also acknowledges the two-way street that exists...

  • Cost analysis shows why it’s important Congress doesn’t cut programs aimed to reduce teen pregnancies

    LatinaLista -- Having a baby is expensive. A teen mom having a baby is expensive not only for the family but for the state as well. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released a new analysis of the public costs of teen childbearing at both the national and state...

  • Senate hearing on DREAM Act is nice gesture but Latino community needs more

    LatinaLista -- This morning's first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act, chaired by Sen. Durbin, seemed, at times, like an exercise in "preaching to the choir." The audience was overwhelmingly supportive of the DREAM Act and, in fact, many DREAMers were in attendance. At one point, Sen. Durbin was the lone senator...

  • Training more Latinos to take the helm of Hispanic-serving school districts

    LatinaLista -- Out of the 14,000 school districts across the nation, less than 2 percent have a Latino or Latina superintendent. A new professional development program hopes to change those statistics. The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is launching the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy. The year-long program hopes to train...

  • Latina driving force behind new vision for Girl Scouts

    By Tony Cantú La Prensa de San Antonio.- Since taking the helm as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in 2009, Anna Maria Chávez has overseen a period of substantial growth for the local council, now serving more than 21,000 girls in a 21-county region. As top executive, she oversees a...

  • Guest Voz: It’s time for Latinos to rally to the defense of Head Start

    LatinaLista -- The nation's budget deficit is serious business. Nobody can argue that. Yet, the fact that some in Congress are arguing that the poor and children of color can most afford cuts or eliminations of programs that don't just provide a service but directly impact their fragile quality of life versus...

  • Latino teens at higher risk of hearing loss among peers because of one (bad) habit

    LatinaLista -- What teenager doesn't like to crank up the music? If the music is on the car radio or bedroom stereo, it's not too big a deal because there's most often someone around either yelling to turn it down or casting enough bad looks their way that eventually they get the...

  • Nation’s US History 2010 Report Card shows gains for Latino students but surprising discovery for whites

    LatinaLista -- Not knowing American history has become an easy source of cheap laughs for late-night comics. For example, when comic Jay Leno, during one of his popular "Jaywalking" segments, asked a random woman on the street, who appeared to be in her late twenties and articulate (she was a sales rep...

  • U.S.A.: Latino community has no shortage of strong role models so where are the mentors?

    Lauren Maxwell LatinaLista USA -- Who mentored you? Who was the one always encouraging you and when you felt frustrated, still challenged you to go farther than you ever thought you could go? Who inspired you through their strength and determination in spite of adversity and made you realize that one day...

  • In Texas, the battle for quality education for ALL children rages on

    By Alfredo R. Santos La Voz de Austin On June 4th, 2011, I went to a rally at the Texas State Capitol to help call attention to the fact that public education is under attack in Texas. As I stood in the rotunda of the Capitol shouting slogans and singing a modified...

  • NFL program works to teach teens how to have healthy relationships

    LatinaLista -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a boyfriend or girlfriend each year. Otherwise known as teen dating violence, it has been on the rise over the last several years. It's gotten to the point that...

  • A Bright Start: Latino pre-schoolers screened for dyslexia

    El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- Reading can be a simple and automatic task to people without any problem. However, reading is a complex and difficult task for our brain, so it should not be a surprise that so many children struggle with it. In fact, between 15% and 20% of US population...

  • New manual shows suburban teachers that “race matters”

    LatinaLista -- Who would have thought that educators needed a manual on how to teach children? Well, it seems suburban educators, who are seeing their classrooms become more diversified over the last few years, could use a little guidance -- and they got it. The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles wrote a...

  • 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...

  • A lesson that turns into a gift for a young daughter from her migrant father

    By Aracelli Astorga LatinaLista Papi's Gift, by Karen Stanton and illustrated by René King Moreno, tells the story of Graciela, a young girl who lives in a small, Latin American village with her mother and two brothers. Because it has not rained in a very long time, Graciela's father has reluctantly left...

  • Latino parents need to change educational system in San Diego

    By Pablo Jaime Sáinz La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- Experts at a recent educational forum agreed that Latino students in the San Diego Unified School District are trailing behind their White counterparts. The forum, which took place at the Jacobs Center on Saturday, May 14, highlighted several key academic areas...

  • Bolivia: Teaching children to move beyond asking to be pitied towards showing compassion

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Pity is the lazy cousin of compassion. A small girl sits on a swing. Not a week has passed since she was removed from an abusive situation and put in the orphanage. Her feet are covered in sores. She must be carried from place...