• 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...

  • A Bright Start: Latino pre-schoolers screened for dyslexia

    El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- Reading can be a simple and automatic task to people without any problem. However, reading is a complex and difficult task for our brain, so it should not be a surprise that so many children struggle with it. In fact, between 15% and 20% of US population...

  • Two Latino Lawrence Grads Overcome Challenges to Stand Out

    Rumbo LAWRENCE, MA -- Over 1000 students graduated from Northern Essex Community College on Saturday, May 21. While each has their own story filled with challenges and triumphs, there are two students who stand out. Rossy Gutierrez and Franklin Burgos, both of Lawrence, faced many obstacles on the path to higher education but...

  • New manual shows suburban teachers that “race matters”

    LatinaLista -- Who would have thought that educators needed a manual on how to teach children? Well, it seems suburban educators, who are seeing their classrooms become more diversified over the last few years, could use a little guidance -- and they got it. The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles wrote a...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Teaching parents how to “book cuddle” with their children

    LatinaLista -- Literacy. It's a word that gauges the future success of our children in school. Children who have an appreciation of reading and learn the basics of sounding out words go on to have success in school. Children who aren't exposed to books and don't grasp those early lessons are doomed...

  • New members of President’s Hispanic education comm. discuss challenges and solutions to reach nation’s Latino students

    By Cheryl Aguilar LatinaLista -- Grim statistics surrounding Latino educational achievement are often plaguing our community. Latinos have the lowest attainment level of any group in the US; only about half of all Latino students earn their high school diploma on time. Those who do complete high school are only half as...

  • Latino parents need to change educational system in San Diego

    By Pablo Jaime Sáinz La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- Experts at a recent educational forum agreed that Latino students in the San Diego Unified School District are trailing behind their White counterparts. The forum, which took place at the Jacobs Center on Saturday, May 14, highlighted several key academic areas...

  • New interactive tool shows which country offers a better life

    LatinaLista -- With all the griping that we may do about life in the United States, a new tool developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows exactly how the U.S. measures up to other developed nations -- and how they measure up compared to the U.S. The Your...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The mobile digital divide shrinks for Latinos

    LatinaLista -- Recent studies suggest that Latinos are still on the wrong side of the digital divide with less home access to the internet, but a new report released today by The Hispanic Institute reveals that Latinos more than make up for it with their cell phones. The study, Connected Hispanics and...

  • 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...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Raising the bar on treating the homeless

    LatinaLista -- San Antonio's newest and largest facility serving homeless adults and children draws attention because it isn't just another place where the homeless find refuge. Haven for Hope raises the bar on helping the homeless by creating the first "Homeless Transformation Campus" in the country. Citing their mission as "to transform...

  • Guest Voz: In this digital economy, Latinos have the most to lose

    By Jason A. Llorenz LatinaLista Today's economy has become so intertwined with the internet and computers that it stands to reason that anyone who isn't comfortable navigating cyberspace or has the skills to operate a computer and run various software is at a real disadvantage in this increasingly technical job market. However,...

  • Why Should African Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

    La Voz de Austin Three Questions: What is Cinco de Mayo? Why do we celebrate it here in the United Status of America? Why should Black Americans celebrate this holiday? In a nutshell, Cinco de Mayo is about an event that took place in Mexico in 1862. On this date, the 5th...

  • 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...

  • 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 magazine guides Nuevos Paisanos through the American labyrinth

    By Ytzel Arrunada Borderzine EL PASO -- Mario Fernandez, 45, crossed the border illegally in search of opportunity and a better life, but he found himself here without rights or guidance and countless unanswered questions. But now, a new publication is on their side. The first edition of Nuevos Paisanos is available...

  • 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...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Sharing love of Mexican history and culture one dance at a time

    LatinaLista -- With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, no fiesta is complete without two symbols of Mexican culture -- mariachis and folkloric dancers. Swirling bright-colored skirts, whipping braided hair decorated with ribbons while performing quick toe-heel tapping dance steps, folkloric dancers attempt to recreate a little bit of Mexico's cultural...

  • 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...

  • Latino students contribute to Hawaii Team competing in 2011 Solar Decathlon

    By Marí Roma Villa, Editor Hawaii Hispanic News HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost effective, energy-efficient, and attractive, from all over the world. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability,...

  • Bilingual book giveaway to award $500 worth of books to lucky elementary school

    LatinaLista -- To be -- bilingual or not to be! It's a question that shouldn't even be asked in this day and age. Thankfully, more and more parents and schools understand how important it is for children to speak both English, and in this case, Spanish. Knowing Spanish isn't just a good...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Making the world environmentally friendly for kids

    LatinaLista -- Most people understand that there is a link between our health and our environment. There's a reason why people aren't thrilled living in neighborhoods towered over by power lines or living near smoke-spewing plants. The effects can be bad enough on adults but devastating to children's developing bodies and minds....