• Undocumented students DREAMING of a new future ask for public’s vote

    LatinaLista — Between today and yesterday, my Inbox has been filling up with emails from students who are undocumented but want to go to college, earn a degree and put it to use. Due to laws in most states, that dream is just a dream. Yet all these students have a rekindled...

  • Teen birth rates are the highest in 30 years

    LatinaLista – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their annual report on teenage pregnancy rates and found that the teen birth rate for the nation as a whole has increased for the first time in 15 years in 2006 — increasing in over one-half of the states. The data show teen...

  • Cell phone soap operas target Latinas and African American women in stopping spread of HIV

    LatinaLista — It's a fact that people love their cell phones. It's also a fact that girls love MTVish reality shows. Combine these two facts and they serve as the premise of a new study by nurse educators at Rutgers University's College of Nursing who are hoping to reach more urban Latinas...

  • Shout-out to: H.O.M.E.Y.

    LatinaLista — Their full title is: Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth. Unlike most nonprofits that target at-risk kids, the Executive Director of H.O.M.E.Y. was himself very much at-risk. A former gang member and drug dealer, Rene Quinonez, now dedicates himself to a mission that takes him far from his past...

  • Mysterious donor matches Hispanic College Fund donations $3 to $1 until end of 2008

    LatinaLista _ For the Hispanic College Fund, Christmas came early — almost. A real-life Santa Claus is willing to match every donation to the Hispanic College Fund $3 to $1. But Father Time is ticking. The offer is only good till December 31, 2008. The potential exists for the Hispanic College Fund...

  • Latino students need an educational system that is innovative and fearless

    LatinaLista — The nation's public education system is failing Latino students. For both to survive, innovational strategies are needed to excite students about school, make it relevant to their lives and ensure that they just don't receive an education but learn. As well intentioned is the pledge by President-elect Barack Obama to...

  • Arne Duncan has a bigger challenge with Latino students succeeding in school

    LatinaLista — Today's nomination by President-elect Obama of Arne Duncan, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, as Secretary of Education has been met with moderate approval ratings from several professional educational organizations in the city that knows him best, Chicago. Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan, flanked by President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect...

  • Site offers students a new way to raise money to offset college costs

    LatinaLista — It's no news that college costs are rising and a real fear that many students, who deserve to go, will be unable to afford it. Families are stretched thin and the economy is sinking but, believe it or not, there are people out there who still have a dollar(s) to...

  • New report shows educators what it takes to attract, retain and graduate Latino students and thwart an educational crisis

    LatinaLista — After the economy, the next big crisis to hit the United States down the road will be education. Specifically, the dropout problem among Latino students. With Latinos due to be the majority in the country by 2042, and still holding onto the unflattering title of being the "Dropout Kings and...

  • Free online video seminar fulfills screenwriting dreams

    LatinaLista — If you're short on cash but big on dreams of the Hollywood variety, a.k.a. writing the next blockbuster script, you might want to check out a free online screenwriting seminar. Hosted by screenwriter Marvin Acuna, the online seminar attempts to jumpstart screenwriting success. Have you ever wondered why some screenwriters...

  • Guest Voz: Latino educators implore Hispanic Scholarship Fund to stop discriminating

    LatinaLista — Jose Lara is the co-chair of the Association of Raza Educators, a group of Hispanic scholars who adhere to a teaching philosophy of creating not just students who excel in academics in the classroom but who are also socially conscious and can act to make a positive difference in their...

  • Though school district issues false SS#s, nobody is charged with identity theft

    LatinaLista — One of the cornerstones of attack against undocumented immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been identity theft. DHS and other critics have consistently based their accusations that undocumented immigrants are criminals because they knowingly use Social Security numbers that do not belong to them. However, it's been...

  • Free online site serves as digital classroom for learning English

    LatinaLista — Regardless of the final outcome of what an immigration reform bill looks like, there are two things that are certain — 12 million people will not be deported and 12 million people will have to master speaking English. One of the biggest fallacies perpetuated by people who are against allowing...

  • Specialized scholarship programs aim to open doors in Washington for Latino students

    LatinaLista —Student internships are invaluable experiences for those students lucky enough to get them. Unfortunately, during these hard, economic times, a lot of companies and organizations have cut back or cut out either paid internships or helping interns in any financial way. Not so the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). The CHCI...

  • Obama’s “Oportunidad” for college scholarships should include Dream Act students

    LatinaLista — Today, the Obama campaign announced how they were spending the last of the $20 million budgeted to reach Latino voters. Obama will deliver a 30-minute "commercial" on Univision this Wednesday night. It will be a translated version of an infomercial-type ad that will run in English on CBS, FOX and...

  • New scholarship just for student bloggers

    LatinaLista — If you are a struggling college student who gets your nourishment from the passion you pour into your own blog site, then there's a chance that you could actually buy some real food. It seems that the folks at College Scholarships.org thought it was high-time to create The Blogging Scholarship....

  • New initiative wants everyone to Take Our Daughters to the Polls

    LatinaLista — Everyone's heard of Take Our Daughters (and Sons) to Work Day. Now, there's a new initiative and it's called Take Our Daughters to the Polls. From its title, you can tell what it's referring to but do you know why it's important for young girls to see the role models...

  • Observance of National Latino Aids Awareness Day focuses on encouraging people to self-test for HIV/AIDS

    LatinaLista — Today is National Latino Aids Awareness Day (NLAAD). While Latinos account for 14 percent of the U.S. population, we unfortunately represent 22 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnosis in 2006. Among Latinas, the statistics are increasingly worse. What was once thought as a gay man's disease has sprung up among heterosexual...

  • Binational fitness challenge wants to create new appreciation for exercise on both sides of the border

    LatinaLista — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July that the percentage of obese U.S. adults grew from under 24 percent to 25.6 percent between 2005 and 2007. Yet, if they had singled out one particular part of the country, they would have found a far worse situation. In...

  • National observance highlights afterschool programs and online storybook commemorating student experiences

    LatinaLista — After school programs have proven to be a win-win situation for kids, parents and schools. The programs ease the minds of working parents in that they know where their kids are and what they're doing and they keep the kids busy with both academic and play activities until it's time...

  • University project resurrects 1949 images of South Texas’ Mexican Americans online

    LatinaLista — Back in 1949, two sociologists from the University of Texas, George Sanchez and Lyle Saunders, wanted to study a little documented phenomenon — the expansion of the Spanish-speaking population in Texas. The two professors wanted to investigate the "social aspects of prejudice and discrimination." What would be uncovered would help...

  • Wal*Mart and Hispanic Scholarship Fund reveal what it takes to create a winning scholarship application

    LatinaLista — Did you know that Wal*Mart is the largest employer in Mexico? In the United States, over 165,000 Latinos work for the discount conglomerate. So with such a strong presence in so many Hispanic households, it makes sense that the store would participate in observing Hispanic Heritage Month — and they...

  • Government creates new site to help with the college decision

    LatinaLista — The value of a college education is taking on new meaning these days in a tight economy but there's no doubt that a college degree is essential for people who want to practice a profession and have a career rather than just a job. While there are college websites to...

  • New site helps students find “hidden” scholarships to attend college

    LatinaLista — While going to college should be the start of an exciting new chapter in someone's life, all too often it's a harsh introduction to the real world of bills and trying to find money to pay for things. At the start of each semester, the stress of figuring out how...

  • Peru: Students protest government’s decision to stop granting art degrees

    By Janett Chavarry Garcia In my country, half of the young people live in the capital, Lima. These people are traveling around the city looking for a special way to live. Some of them study, work, combine both together and they always think, and I think the same — that the government...