• New bilingual initiatives expand the search for missing & exploited Latino children

    LatinaLista -- "According to Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), about 800,000 children are reported missing every year. Of that total 58,000 are abducted by non-family members and 200,000 are abducted by family members, usually non-custodial parents. Of the non-family abductions, 23% of...

  • Historic low Latina teen pregnancy rates send hopeful message

    LatinaLista -- It never made a whole lot of sense that while more Latinas aspired, went and graduated from college than their male counterparts, they still had the dubious distinction of ranking the highest among all girls when it came to U.S. teen pregnancy rates. The obvious response is that some girls...

  • Deported DREAM Act student claims Dept. of Homeland forced him to sign paper barring him from returning to U.S. for 10 years

    LatinaLista -- The story was all too familiar -- a young, bright college freshman studying electrical engineering on a full scholarship at a local Dallas university suddenly caught in the rusty wheels of federal bureaucracy, otherwise known as U.S. immigration policy, and deported back to a country he barely remembered -- but...

  • Guest Voz: Motivational Youth Speaker targets three things to ensure Latino students’ success in school

    LatinaLista -- Fabian Ramirez is a youth motivational speaker and regularly speaks to students every year in schools, churches and community events. While his message for all students is to stay in school, his main focus is to reach Latino students.  "I was the student that would ask what it took to get...

  • Low-income Latino and black children hit especially hard with Vitamin D deficiency

    LatinaLista -- If having the biggest rates of childhood obesity and diabetes weren't enough, now low-income Latinos and African Americans have something else to worry about -- not getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an invisible benefit from being out in the sun but with so many kids opting to play...

  • GOP’s inaction on immigration enables OK lawmakers to make felons out of undocumented children

    LatinaLista -- Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is hopping mad -- just like the rest of his party over the passage of the President's healthcare bill. The only difference between Graham's anger versus his colleagues is that he's going to take it out directly on undocumented immigrants. With so many news outlets reprinting...

  • 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...

  • New report finds colleges bear half of the blame for low Latino graduation rates

    LatinaLista -- A new report released today by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research titled Rising to the Challenge: Hispanic College Graduation Rates as a National Priority documented the fact that Latino students who don't graduate from college don't bear all the blame.   The authors of the report found that...

  • Illinois bill assumes all Latinos and blacks are gang members

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to guns, I'm not a fan. Yeah, I've heard all the "Constitutional arguments" for them and even saw that the Texas State Board of Education felt the need to emphasize the right to carry firearms in citizenship lessons in their tentative new curriculum standards for the state's...

  • 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...

  • Latinos comprise largest share of “Below Basic” literacy rates

    LatinaLista On the heels of the President's address of the dismal dropout rates, the nation is supposed to be observing today Read Across America Day 2010. For those students who have dropped out of school or who are struggling academically, poor reading skills are a big part of their problem. According to...

  • Actor Edward James Olmos spearheads donations request to help “Stand and Deliver” teacher Jaime Escalante

    LatinaLista If we were to name the top five all-time family favorite Latino films, a list might include: La Bamba, Real Women Have Curves, Mi Familia, Selena and -- Stand and Deliver. Who could forget the teacher Jaime Escalante, played by Edward James Olmos, who inspired a classroom full of East LA...

  • President’s dropout recovery plan lacks four components to help Latino students

    LatinaLista President Obama outlined a plan today to reduce the high school dropout rate. He deserves kudos for understanding that this educational crisis goes beyond local communities and state jurisdictions, and has serious national implications for the future. According to the President's statistics: Every school day, about 7,000 students decide to drop...

  • Study reveals some Latina mothers unwittingly chart an obese future for their children

    LatinaLista — Even before researchers conducted their study on childhood obesity differences among white, black and Latino children, they hypothesized that black and Latino children would have higher rates of obesity-related risk factors in their early years. It wasn't a hard hypothesis. In the March edition of Pediatrics, researchers release the findings...

  • 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...

  • When it comes to Latina teen pregnancies, California’s doing something right

    LatinaLista Something good is happening in California. For a state more accustomed to bad news -- a broke state economy, a slashing of public services, an increase in health premiums by the state's largest health insurer, rising college tuition rates, escalating home foreclosures, crime, etc. -- today's news that the state's Latina...

  • Life’s lessons prove to be a challenging class to master for one young man

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco Stork, is the tale of Marcelo Sandoval, a 17-year-old with an Asperger's-like condition. He is forced to exit his comfort zone when his high-powered father steers Marcelo to work in his law firm's mailroom (in return, Marcelo can decide whether to...

  • Creating healthy relationships from broken homes

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — In Parents Who Cheat: How Children and Adults Are Affected When Their Parents Are Unfaithful, Ana Nogales, Ph.D., combines her experience from her thirty-five years of clinical practice with her current research, which includes an unprecedented 'Parents Who Cheat Survey,' to reveal the profound effects on children...

  • Just the Facts: The growth of Latino children in foster care system

    LatinaLista — The likelihood that a child who goes through the foster care system ends up in jail is high. According to the National Association of Social Workers, 80% of all inmates are former foster children. Couple that sad news with the disturbing revelation that the number of Latino children in foster...

  • Online site aims to break the cycle of financial illiteracy among young Latinos

    LatinaLista — Financial literacy is an issue that is increasing in importance among the Latino community as the economy still teeters, jobs are still lost and people are still losing their homes. For too long, Latinos, and those who speak a language other than English, have been considered fair game by unscrupulous...

  • Research finds immigration enforcement exacts a hefty toll on children of the undocumented

    LatinaLista — One aspect of illegal immigration that doesn't get the coverage it deserves, but for many immigrant advocates is the heart and soul of the push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, is what happens to the children of undocumented immigrants. On February 4, the Urban Institute released the study Facing Our Future:...

  • New Girl Scout study reveals young girls want reality from fashion industry and advertising

    LatinaLista When it comes to body image, it's long been known that the fashion industry has a hand in determining for the rest of us what and who is beautiful or feo (ugly). Thanks to size 0 models, or designers who create size 0 clothes, bigger size girls and women are considered,...

  • 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...

  • Study on Hispanic-serving Institutions finds that after community college more Latino students attend private colleges

    LatinaLista — Know what a HSI is? HSI is the acronym for those colleges and universities that are deemed Hispanic Serving Institutions. It means that 25% or more of their full-time undergraduate students are Latino. The invention of Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) in the 1980s was grounded in the theory that institutions enrolling...