• Spotlight Nonprofit: Replacing bruises with a “ROSE”

    LatinaLista -- One of the worst times in a woman or young girl's life is when she feels "beaten" down, physically and emotionally, by the man in her life to whom she's professed her most personal gift -- her love. Unfortunately, this feeling goes beyond breaking up with someone, it's all about...

  • 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...

  • For Latino, Asian and Black millennials, nation is far from a colorblind society

    LatinaLista -- A new report titled "Don't Call Them Post-Racial -- Millennials' Attitudes on Race, Racism and Key Systems in our Society" throws out the hopeful assumption that the nation has evolved into a colorblind society. The research shows that Millennials, ages 18-30, are cognizant that race seems to still matter in...

  • 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...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Giving urban teens tools to build a better future for themselves and others

    LatinaLista -- Most people think that just keeping kids busy with sports, music lessons or after-school activities will round out their characters and give them that edge in school. And to a degree, that's true. But also giving kids something positive to do in their communities on a year-round basis works just as...

  • College financial aid not helping low-income students enough

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to affording college, it's just a fact of life that if it wasn't for financial aid too many students would never realize their career dreams. Yet, a new study shows that the very students who need financial aid the most to attend college are not only being...

  • 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...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Opening up young Latinas’ eyes to a world of possibilities via photography

    LatinaLista -- The power of photography can't be underestimated. Simple pictures that show the joy, complexity, sadness of life are more powerful than words could ever convey. Photographers who have the opportunity to bring those images to life and share them with a wider audience are bound to feel pretty special. For...

  • Boxer Brandon Rios shows that dreams can come true

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Amigos805.com OXNARD -- At 24 years of age, Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios is a professional in the boxing ring. As an amateur fighter Rios had won the Silver Gloves, the Ringside Nationals, the USA Nationals, and was chosen as an alternate for the Olympics in 2004. As a pro,...

  • Mexican education campaign reaches out to Mexican-Americans and migrants for help

    LatinaLista -- The United States isn't the only country that has problems with its teachers' unions. In Mexico, the national teachers' union -- The National Syndicate of Educational Workers -- has garnered so much power over the years that a new national campaign to improve the country's educational policies is calling the...

  • New sleep study finds too many urban Latino students suffer from sleep problems

    LatinaLista -- Latino urban students have a host of challenges that keep them from doing well in school but thanks to a new study there may be one underlying root cause for not doing well -- sleep. Actually, come to find out, thanks to a new study, it's the lack of sleep...

  • Poll highlights young Americans’ tolerance and acceptance of undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- Contrary to what is being seen in Congress, state legislatures and some city councils, a new poll shows that not all Americans mirror their political leaders' attitudes towards undocumented immigrants. In fact, there is only one overwhelming portion of American society that refuse to see undocumented immigrants any other way...

  • California Higher Education Bill to Establish a Community College Baccalaureate Pilot Program Clears Committee

    La Prensa San Diego To help meet the demand for more college graduates to help drive California's economy, Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (AD-78) has authored legislation to look at alternate ways to help students achieve a baccalaureate degree. AB 661 would allow Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Mateo County...

  • Ex-street racer, Joshua Lozano, inspired by Fast Five franchise hits brakes, finds reform

    El Gato HOUSTON, Texas -- Joshua Lozano's first time at a street race ended with a warning from a police officer and an addiction that would see him sacrifice all his worldly possessions. "It was a summer night in Mexico. My older brother was driving while on his cell getting the latest...

  • Education study finds low-income Latinos and other students of color hardest hit by rising college costs

    LatinaLista -- It's one thing for students to want to go to college but it's quite another for them to be able to afford it. The dilemma is not new. For years, students short on cash for tuition have resorted to working an outside job to help pay expenses. Now, a new...

  • New social media campaign covers all the bases in reaching Latino youth

    LatinaLista -- There are two indisputable truths about young people: They are the future and they are the YouTube generation. To young people, filming and posting their own videos -- that they shoot with their smart phones -- is second nature. They don't even think about it twice but a new social...

  • Re-introduction of DREAM Act garners applause, hope and deja vu

    LatinaLista -- First came the White House immigration meetings with their star-studded, business powerhouse invitees; then came the policy speech on immigration reform in El Paso yesterday where President Obama repeated to the nation what he's been saying privately at those White House meetings. Now, comes a concrete piece of action that...

  • Positive Development Strategies for Disconnected Latino Youth

    MetroLatinoUSA WASHINGTON D.C. -- Latino youth are one of the fastest-growing segments of the population in the United States, poised to fill the workforce gap as millions of baby boomers retire over the next decade. Yet, achieving economic mobility remains out of reach for as much as 42% of Latino youth who...

  • North & South America join forces to promote Infant Immunization Week

    LatinaLista -- Measles, mumps, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and hepatitis are but a few of the diseases that can strike children in a flash and have deadly or crippling consequences unless parents do one thing -- get their children immunized. Right now, Europe is seeing such a spike in measles cases...

  • Latest Pew Hispanic analysis reveals a Latino segment civically disenfranchised by choice

    LatinaLista -- The Pew Hispanic Center released a report today analyzing the Latino turnout in the 2010 midterm elections. According to the study, The Latino Electorate in 2010: More Voters, More Non-Voters, there are some marked distinctions among Latino subgroups regarding civic participation. However, the one area of discussion that has always...

  • San Diego mid-city neighborhoods get free community homework center

    La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- Middle and high-school students in San Diego mid-city neighborhoods will now have free access to computers, printers, internet, homework assistance, school supplies and a daily after-school snack with the unveiling of the Neighborhood House Association's (NHA) new Homework Center. The Homework Center is NHA's newest...

  • An attack on Planned Parenthood turns out to be an all-out assault on low-income Latinas

    LatinaLista -- Planned Parenthood. The mere mention of the organization immediately conjures up negative images thanks to several GOP politicians who found it quite easy to rake the organization through the mud during the recent budget debates. Though Planned Parenthood has been around for 95 years providing programs, information and much needed...

  • Freeing the voice of incarcerated women and troubled youth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista College instructor Emmy Pérez taps into her lifelong passion of helping others to share her love of creative writing with troubled youth and incarcerated women. Emmy Pérez is a writer. She's also a college instructor, a life motivator and an inspiration to all her pupils -- from inside...