• Hawaii Pacific University hosts 21 different nations

    By José Villa, Senior Editor Hawaii Hispanic News HONOLULU, Hawaii - Once again, Hawaii Pacific University has applied for a U.S. Department of State grant to host a Summer Institute for English Language Educators. And, for the third time in a row, HPU's application was approved at the highest levels in 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...

  • From the White House to the “LaunchPad”

    By Monica Peña La Voz de Austin AUSTIN -- LaunchPad (LP) programs reach out to disadvantaged youths that are at academic crossroads due to at-risk behavior which could determine whether they engage or disengage from school. LP has been active for the third year in a row at Dobie Middle School and...

  • After fourth grade, Latino students show no progress in learning geography

    LatinaLista -- If there's one single bit of news to cheer about regarding today's release of The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), it's that fourth graders still love to learn. In fact, it's only among fourth graders where the achievement gap has been narrowed...

  • International report examines how some students are “discarded” by school systems

    LatinaLista -- There's long been debate in the United States over whether or not retaining a child in a particular grade was a good or bad thing. Yet, no one ever addresses if transferring students, labeled "troublemakers," to alternative schools is good or bad. The idea that getting troublemakers out of the...

  • Texas suspends/expels 60 percent of middle and high school students, majority being black and Latino

    LatinaLista -- Today's release of the Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 showed that 12th graders not only had the least improvement in geography scores but the percentage of students at or above Proficient was lower in 2010 than in earlier assessment years. The reasons for the high school seniors doing badly ranges...

  • 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...

  • Guest Voz: Latino families need more choices of learning programs to see their children succeed in school

    LatinaLista -- Latino youth are not living up to their academic potential. It's an undeniable fact and a bold statement. But it doesn't just place the blame on Latino families, like a recent speech by the President and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank; it also acknowledges the two-way street that exists...

  • New campaign plugs Latinos into energy conservation

    By Margaret Ramirez LatinaLista -- The United States of America has a population of over 308 million. With so many people, it is no surprise to learn that the U.S. is one of the largest energy consumers in the world. Energy consumption has increased at a faster rate than energy production over...

  • 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)...

  • Top national book award goes to Richard Valencia, national authority on “deficit thinking”

    La Voz de Austin AUSTIN, TX -- Educational psychologist Richard Valencia's newest book, "Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking," has garnered the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), with the awards committee describing the book as a "superlative treatment" of the topic of deficit thinking. The AERA is the...

  • Training more Latinos to take the helm of Hispanic-serving school districts

    LatinaLista -- Out of the 14,000 school districts across the nation, less than 2 percent have a Latino or Latina superintendent. A new professional development program hopes to change those statistics. The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is launching the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy. The year-long program hopes to train...

  • 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...

  • Pew Hispanic profile shows Puerto Ricans top Hispanic graduation rates, along with, single motherhood

    LatinaLista -- The depth of the average American's ignorance in understanding Latinos was never more clearly illustrated than during the confirmation process of now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Back then, there wasn't a day that went by that someone didn't question her citizenship status. The ignorance displayed with such a question,...

  • 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...

  • Grad student studies relevancy of quinceañeras for today’s Latino families

    By Gloria Quevas Bibby La Costa Latina When I turned 15, my parents took me to a local jewelry store where they selected a lovely garnet ring as my gift. My father explained to me, that they could not afford the cost of a quinceañera and that the ring symbolized my becoming...

  • An American ex-pat creates Mexico’s first-ever public forum addressing men’s health

    LatinaLista -- A 2009 study on how well men take care of their health found that the more macho the man, the less likely he was to seek out preventative health-care services. According to the study: Men with a strong sense of masculinity are about 50% less likely than their not-so-macho peers to...

  • In Texas, the battle for quality education for ALL children rages on

    By Alfredo R. Santos La Voz de Austin On June 4th, 2011, I went to a rally at the Texas State Capitol to help call attention to the fact that public education is under attack in Texas. As I stood in the rotunda of the Capitol shouting slogans and singing a modified...

  • New site spreads message “Muslims are our fellow Americans”

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to being feared, insulted or ignored based on who you physically are as a person, a lot of Latinos know what that feels like. Another group who knows equally well how it feels is Muslim Americans. Take what happened last month: On May 6, five days after...

  • 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...