• A mother’s gift helps a boy endure a long journey

    By Elizabeth Lopez LatinaLista My Shoes and I by René Colato Laínez, and published by Boyds Mills Press, is an inspiring story about a boy named Mario and the journey he makes with his father across three borders to the United States from El Salvador. Shortly before their trip, Mario receives a...

  • 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...

  • NYC high school students create winning video about appreciating diversity

    LatinaLista -- It's often heard these days that there is too much hate speech in the country; too much intolerance. Unfortunately, most of the young people in this nation are on the frontline of this unrest. Public schools are one of the few places where people of different religions, ethnicities, races, disabilities...

  • Bilingual campaign enlists public’s help to give one million free breakfasts to needy kids

    LatinaLista -- The US Dept. of Agriculture estimates that global food prices set a record last month. The ripple effect of those high prices is felt everyday for families as they browse grocery store shelves. For many families, it has become less of a question: Will the kids eat it? to Can...

  • Nation’s Report Card shows it’s Latino and black students at inner-city schools still getting shortchanged

    LatinaLista -- The recent release of the 2009 Science NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) report, otherwise known as the Nation's Report Card, is yet another bugle revelry to get people to jump up and see the writing on the (chalk)board. According to the findings, fourth-and eighth-graders in most of the report's...

  • Health tool helps Latino families decide when it’s time to call the pediatrician

    LatinaLista -- A parent's worst moment is when their child is sick. Their worst nightmare is when they have no health insurance and money is so tight that a doctor's visit is a last resort. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their 2010 report on the state of the...

  • USA: Creating political change for next generation of Latinas

    By Debbie Gordils LatinaLista CHICAGO, USA -- Today was very indicative of how I juggle work with mommy-hood. I dropped off my children at school, jumped on the treadmill and, all the while, was making and taking work related calls. I rushed to help organize and sort 3,000 plus boxes of Girl Scout...

  • Creating a new life doesn’t mean changing your name

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista The book "My Name is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River" by Jane Medina is a vivid portrait of a young boy's personal experience in a new country. Through bilingual poetic prose, the author manages to capture the constant struggles a Mexican family endures while crossing over...

  • A young girl brings her dreams across the border

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista Jane Medina's "The Dream on Blanca's Wall" is an outstanding bilingual collection of poems from Blanca's point of view. Similarly to Medina's previous notable book "My Name is Jorge", this poetic collection presents the female perspective on the universal struggles to fit into a new society and country....

  • Unleashing the magic of a child’s imagination

    By Martha Rico LatinaLista Benjamin, Daniel and Alejandra love spending time with their abuelos at their farm on the weekends. They especially look forward to Grandpa's special breakfasts and working together outdoors doing chores. On one particular visit, Benjamin claims to see something on the burnt tortilla Grandpa Luis serves him. He...

  • 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...

  • Pregnancy site launches first of its kind instant messaging chat feature in both Spanish and English

    LatinaLista.net -- When most women get pregnant, it's not long before they realize that their mothers and abuelas didn't tell them everything that happens to their bodies when pregnant. Sometimes the changes are so personal that moms-to-be are embarrassed to talk about them or the questions are so basic they don't want...

  • Non-profit Spotlight: Families get free help in filling out FAFSA for college-bound students

    LatinaLista.net -- It may be the beginning of the New Year but for many families with college-bound students it's never too early to think about how they're going to pay for it all. Most families will need to apply for financial aid but filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,...

  • Global campaign underway to fight human trafficking

    LatinaLista.net -- January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Yesterday, January 11, was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It's reported that 27 million people worldwide are enslaved today. Whether it's prostituting children and women or forcing people to do domestic chores or provide cheap factory labor, enslaving people still lives on...

  • New data shows Latina teen birth rates at lowest in two decades

    LatinaLista -- Finally, there's some good news on the teenage pregnancy front. In a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), pregnancy rates among Latina teenagers, 15-19, are at their lowest "ever reported for this group in the two decades for which...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: “Angels” hear foster children’s wishes all year long

    LatinaLista -- During the holiday season, it's not unusual to see an Angel Tree here or there in malls or office lobbies. Simple wishes, made by children and adults, caught in poverty. Yet, just because January 1 eventually arrives, it doesn't mean that there still aren't wishes to be granted. There's a...

  • Researchers claim progress in combatting Latino childhood obesity epidemic

    LatinaLista -- In September of this year, a group of researchers met in San Antonio, Texas for the second annual Scientific Summit. They met to take in the local sights, listen to one another's presentations and basically chew the fat. For those who don't know what "chew the fat" means, it doesn't...

  • Aztec Calendar coloring book brings dead language back to life

    LatinaLista -- For most Latino families, one way to keep a connection to the family culture is to speak Spanish in the home. Research shows that generationally-speaking, it gets harder and harder to do. Usually, people end up taking Spanish in school or watching Spanish-language TV to keep language skills up to...

  • Flamenco comes alive through vivid photos and simple storytelling

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista   The world of flamenco performance is beautifully depicted in this illustrative photo essay entitled ¡OLÉ! Flamenco by George Ancona and published by Lee & Low Books. Ancona manages to convey a true love of the ancient and international music and dance of flamenco. The book commences by...

  • More Latino families will go hungry this Thanksgiving

    LatinaLista-- Thanksgiving seems to be the one time of the year where people actually remember that there are those who are going hungry in our communities. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15 percent of American households suffer from "food insecurity." In real numbers, it adds...

  • Troubled lives teach teens lessons for life

    By Alma Ramos-McDermott LatinaLista What will Beto do now that he has walked away from the only home he's ever known? It's a question that will keep readers engaged as they follow Beto's journey in the young adult novel "A good long way" by René Saldaña Jr. and published by Arte Publico...

  • It’s in Congress’ hands to stop child sex trafficking in the United States

    LatinaLista -- In 2009, the organization Shared Hope released the report The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America's Prostituted Children. A year after that report, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Chris Smith, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking, crafted a bill, currently in committee, called H.R. 5575: Domestic...

  • New Latina moms get help with caring for babies via their cell phones

    LatinaLista -- According to the U.S. Census, there were 4.3 million births registered in the United States in 2007 -- 445,045 were to teens 15 to 19. These teen mothers, as well as, those moms in their 20s and 30s are part of the generation that was raised with seeing technology as...

  • A bilingual approach to hearing sounds

    By Aracelli Astorga LatinaLista In the Spanish-language book, Con mis oidos, by Mariana I. Pellegrino, with illustrations by Mariana Nemitz, children are introduced to the many wonderful things people can hear by using our ears -- school bells ringing, birds singing, ocean waves splashing. The book's text is made up of simple...