• New study shows youth gun violence among at-risk Latinos and blacks is all too common and “easy”

    LatinaLista -- According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California ranks as the top state in the nation with the "strongest gun laws that help combat the illegal gun market, prevent the sale of guns without background checks and reduce risks to children." Yet, a new report on youth gun...

  • Reports surfacing that ICE is going ahead with deportation of DREAM students

    LatinaLista -- More and more reports are surfacing across the country that ICE agents are not practicing what John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, promised would happen -- that ICE agents would exercise prosecutorial discretion when handling the deportation cases of people deemed non-security threats. The opposite has been happening...

  • Bilingual site empowers Latino parents, teens and communities combatting high teen pregnancy rates

    LatinaLista -- It's estimated that 52 percent of Latinas will become pregnant at least once by age 20. While the Latina teen pregnancy rates have actually fallen and are at their lowest levels in years, unfortunately, Latina teen birth and pregnancy rates are still almost twice the national average. [caption id="attachment_13019" align="alignleft"...

  • White House launches site combatting high rates of date rape and sex assaults against young women

    LatinaLista -- Today is the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The legislation was supposed to empower women, who were victims of violence, to know they didn't have to tolerate the abuse they were receiving from the men in their lives. Abuse that left them with black eyes, bruises,...

  • Education is the new brown currency

    by Kathleen O. Vale La Voz de Austin COMMENTARY -- I am a proud sixth-generation female member of a Mexican- American family whose roots begin in San Antonio, Texas, meander back to Rio Grande City, Texas (in Starr County, on the Mexican border), continue the trans-national stretch across the Gulf of Mexico...

  • University of Georgia professors create Freedom University to give undocumented students a chance at college

    LatinaLista -- Undocumented college students in Georgia were facing a pretty dismal start to the school year this year. A ruling in 2010 by the Georgia State Board of Regents barring any state college or university from accepting undocumented immigrants on their campuses, if those schools had rejected academically qualified students in the...

  • El Paso school districts have no idea how many new students fled Juárez

    By Aaron Martinez and Mariel Torres Borderzine EL PASO -- As the drug war rages on in México, the number of students that have enrolled in El Paso schools due to the violence remains unknown and unrecorded by schools. Ysleta and the Socorro Independent School Districts said there is no clear indication...

  • New Pew research underscores something is wrong with the education of Latino students

    LatinaLista -- The latest report on the status of Latino college enrollment rounds out an interesting snapshot. Though the high school dropout rate is the highest among Latino students, and is a statistic that fits with the popular stereotype of what some believe is the norm among Latino youth, today's report from...

  • Change in immigration policy helps thwart deportation of two Georgia boys — none too soon

    LatinaLista -- When the Obama administration announced last week the changes to how Immigration and Customs Enforcement would prioritize the deportation cases of undocumented immigrants -- deport those with criminal backgrounds and defer others with no criminal history -- the news was met with cautious enthusiasm. After all, no one knew how...

  • Bilingual site helps Latino parents create a “New Futuro” for their children

    LatinaLista -- In every survey conducted of Latino parents about their hopes for the education of their children, the unanimous sentiment is that they want their children to go on to college. Unfortunately, there is a learning gap for parents when it comes to knowing how to help their kids apply for...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Standing up for homeless and street kids

    LatinaLista -- It's reported that 1.5 million children are homeless in this country. Thirteen kids die on the street every day from abuse, disease and suicide. Kids are running away at the rate of one every minute. In every classroom of thirty-five kids, seven of them will run away before they are...

  • ACT report shows Latino students want to academically succeed but face challenges out of their control

    LatinaLista -- It's one thing for adults to stress the importance of education to young people but quite another when students realize it for themselves -- and it seems Latino students are slowly but surely getting that message. In their yearly report The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2011 released today...

  • One Latina’s mission to make science and math careers “cool” to young Latinos

    By Cheryl Aguilar LatinaLista Dr. Alicia Abella works tirelessly to interest the next generation of Latino students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and create a new future for themselves. Exposing students to role models is essential to encouraging and inspiring them, particularly to join fields not considered traditional or...

  • Guest Voz: DREAM Act a Win-Win — Good for Immigrant Women and Families and Good for Economy

    LatinaLista -- The battle to get Congress to pass the DREAM Act has been going on for ten years this month. It's surprising that legislation that is such a no-brainer would be challenged every step of the way. Yet, it's not surprising when, on closer examination, we see that it's not the...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Making philanthropy relevant to students

    LatinaLista -- One criticism of today's young people is that, with all their extra-curricular activities, technology that absorbs their attention from mobile phones to Wii and their time spent with social media, they don't think enough about "giving back" to their local communities. One organization in Ohio wants to change that. UGive.org...

  • Teaching teens that digital dating abuse is “not cool”

    LatinaLista -- A teenager's life has always been tough. There have always been bullies, "mean girls," that one special guy or girl that gave you butterflies in your stomach, and for some teen girls that one guy who professed his love like Romeo but acted more like Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler....

  • Dept. of Homeland Security risks losing more credibility among Latinos if Marcelo Llamas is deported

    LatinaLista -- One of the selling points of the DREAM Act -- the bill that sets young undocumented people on a path to citizenship after meeting a laundry list of criteria -- is the point that the ones who qualify have to be a person of strong moral character. Marcelo Castañeda Llamas...

  • 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...

  • DREAM Act Sabbath

    MetroLatinoUSA WASHINGTON, DC -- Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and more than a dozen religious leaders representing a broad variety of faith traditions, today announced a DREAM Act Sabbath - an initiative enlisting churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country to dedicate time during their regular...

  • Study finds Latino youth of immigrant parents taking lead roles in a civic conscious generation

    LatinaLista -- The reference to "youth being the future" has been said so often it's been drilled down to a cliche that elicits little to no response these days. Yet, unlike past eras, the truth of the statement is far more relevant and immediate when it's realized that the future is now...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Giving hope to Latinos who want to go to college

    LatinaLista -- The word "esperanza" means hope in Spanish. Today, in this troubling economy, it's hard for people to have hope if they don't have good job prospects. And to get a good job, one needs an education. Unfortunately, too many Latino families live paycheck to paycheck. The notion of paying an...

  • Bilingual online toolkit helps families understand the importance of college

    LatinaLista -- For many Latino families, the notion of higher education for their children, or themselves, can seem out of reach. Yet, a new bilingual website, En Camino: Herramientas educativas para familias/On our Way: Educational tools for families, sponsored by The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) provides the necessary information that...

  • 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...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Bringing scientists and low-income students together to create a new future

    LatinaLista -- The founders of the Harlem Children's Society (HCS) describe their effort as an experiment in the "relationship between science and society." Yet, what this unique organization is achieving is opening doors -- and minds -- to the future for hundreds of low-income children. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Satyajit (Sat)...

  • 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...