• Young people challenged to live the next 50 days without violence in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    LatinaLista — Today, April 4, marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As in years past, his life and message of nonviolence will be honored, remembered and talked about but, unlike past anniversary observances, it will serve as the premise for a specific challenge to today's young...

  • New report highlights 27 occupations that meet the needs of at-risk youth

    LatinaLista — Next month, First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown of Chicago to address various business and community leaders concerned with the increasing rise in violence among the Windy City's youth. The White House reports that Mrs. Obama will be asking the audience to invest in 'expanded opportunities' for...

  • New report on teen pregnancy reveals encouraging trend

    LatinaLista — A new report by the Guttmacher Institute on the rate of teen pregnancies underscores an emerging norm for teenage girls — sexually active but more using contraceptives during their first time. U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity offers the most up-to-date statistics...

  • Online voter registration a hit with young California voters, as well as, not having party preference

    LatinaLista — As the nation prepares to swear in Barack Obama as the 45th US President, he will have the distinction of being the 15th Democrat (of those presidents specifically identified as Democrats) to hold the highest office in the country. But a new study on young voters in California highlights a...

  • New report finds Latino and African American young people most disconnected from jobs and school in this bad economy

    LatinaLista — Being a teen — stuck in those in-between years when you're not really an adult but sure don't feel like a kid — is harder than ever. It used to be that anyone over the age of 16, who wasn't in school, could at least find a job. Not anymore....

  • Facebook games strives to help high schoolers and college students deal with suicide

    LatinaLista — Dealing with the suicide of a loved one or friend is a tough enough thing to handle but for young people it can be devastating. Instead of talking about it with a counselor, a lot of young people will suppress their feelings about what happened. A new Facebook game hopes...

  • Latino teens reminded of dangers behind the wheel during National Teen Driver Safety Week

    LatinaLista — There's no surer sign of a teen on the fast track to adulthood than watching them behind the wheel. Once they've gotten their driver's license, some teen drivers forget what they've learned in driver's ed and instead emulate every bad driving role model they've seen — from what and who...

  • New poll and survey show a perfect storm on the horizon for DREAM Act passage

    LatinaLista — If ever there was any doubt if the American people were in favor of or against the DREAM Act, a new poll should re-highlight the public's sentiment on the issue. A national survey of registered voters' views on immigration, commissioned by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, found that the majority...

  • College prep fairs target Latino students for a Nuevo Futuro

    LatinaLista — If it's fall, it must be college fair time! The time when students and their parents are thinking about what mijo or mija is going to do after high school. The questions: Community college or 4-year university? In town or out of state? And the most important: How to pay...

  • More students of color taking SAT but more students not making the grade

    LatinaLista — Even with the new economic reality that college costs are outpacing affordability for many Latino families, the dream of a college degree is still high on the priority list of many high school students. That's according to the College Board's latest report The SAT Report on College and Career Readiness...

  • New report shows youth who don’t attend college less likely to be civically engaged

    LatinaLista — A new study by the youth research organization, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), finds that college not only makes a big difference in finding jobs with good salaries for young people but also serves as an entryway into civic engagement. According to CIRCLE,...

  • Pew Hispanic reports more Latinos found on college campuses

    LatinaLista — "Stay in school" has been a directive drilled into the minds of Latino youth from the time it was discovered that the true path to achieving the proverbial American Dream lay inside the doors of the neighborhood school. Over time, when Latinos achieved the disgraceful distinction of dropping out of...

  • New college financial aid site includes repayment advice for student loan borrowers

    LatinaLista — You know student debt must be a big problem when it becomes a talking point on the presidential campaign trail. As of the end of March, total student loan debt among borrowers under 30 has reached $292 billion, according to recently released data by the Federal Reserve Bank of New...

  • Senior high school girls share candid thoughts on sex and boys in new report

    LatinaLista — There's no time that a girl is literally at the crossroads of life — on the edge of both adulthood and childhood — than when she is a senior in high school. On the one hand, girls who are seniors in high school: get together with their friends to gossip...

  • Texas teen creates special college scholarship for her undocumented peers

    LatinaLista — By her own admission, 18-year-old Audrey Vivar has always been a "little ambitious and nerdy." Two qualities that helped this recent high school graduate of New Tech Manor High School outside Austin, Texas finish her senior year with a distinctive list of accomplishments — Key Club president, Student Council member,...

  • CDC’s latest report sounds the alarm of Latino youth in crisis

    LatinaLista — It's bad enough that young people have enough stress in their lives on a daily basis but according to this year's Center for Disease Control's (CDC) report, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2011, youth, especially Latino youth, are adding to that stress with some bad choices. The CDC...

  • Teen poetry site creates first-ever mobile poetry slams featuring poems with a purpose

    LatinaLista — Words are powerful. There is perhaps no generation who knows the truth of that statement better than today's teenagers. From text and Facebook messages/campaigns to cyber/physical bullying, today's kids are creating more words and bombarded with words than probably any generation before them. This is also the multi-media generation where...

  • New report highlights link between teen pregnancies and low achieving school districts

    LatinaLista — A new study released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy and America's Promise Alliance erases any doubt how schools factor in determining if students become teen parents. Teen Pregnancy and High School Dropout: What communities can do to address these issues reveals that in 2008 in...

  • New education report shows while school has changed, it remains the same in putting Latinos and blacks at risk for failure

    LatinaLista — Just how bad the economy is depressing the job market for teenagers became crystal clear in a new report issued by the National Center for Education Statistics. The Condition of Education 2012 shows that high school student employment is at its lowest since 1990 — in 2010, only 16 percent...

  • College Board releases college resource guide just for undocumented students

    LatinaLista — In one of the strongest signals that the education community supports the DREAM Act — allowing undocumented students, who were brought to the US as children, attend college or enlist in the military and be put on a path to citizenship — the College Board released yesterday a state-specific resource...

  • New study reveals Millennials’ activism spurred by personal experience and disillusionment

    LatinaLista — From the Occupy movement to the immigration marches to civil rights rallies, each gathering has included a large number of young people, especially people of color, who are making their presence seen and their voices heard. For anyone who has ever wondered why there seems to be an increase in...

  • DREAM students launch new campaign on National Day of Action

    LatinaLista — Another school year is coming to an end and for the thousands of undocumented students who are graduating from high school, there's nothing to look forward to: If they live in a state where racist legislators have enacted laws barring these students from getting in-state tuition. If they live in...

  • Young Latina gamers strive for different goals when playing video games

    By Jacob Balsam and Ashley Vasquez LatinaLista The video game industry is ever expanding and according to an article by The New York Times’ Nick Bolton, will reach $112 billion in consumer spending money by the year 2015. Blizzard’s World of Warcraft alone nets millions of dollars a month in pure profit....

  • Helping Latino and low-income students take it step-by-step towards their “BigFuture”

    LatinaLista — It's reported that Latino students receive an average amount of financial aid totaling $7,900 — less than African Americans, Asians or Caucasians. At a time when the importance of higher education is made clear every day as news of how industries are either disappearing or reinventing themselves in a struggling...

  • Young adult author creates series targeting low-level readers

    By Alain Castillo LatinaLista   Leslie Borhaug Tillit wants everyone to master their ability to read. “It’s so important to be able to read in order to be in control of your life,” said Tillit, a former North Carolina school teacher who taught for 16 years, including nine years of instructing at-risk...