American Graduate Champion: Latinitas

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

latinitas (1)Today’s Champion is Latinitas. Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually, 2500 in Central and 1000 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latina and other girls of color are strong and confident in their image. Founded in 2002, by Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, then-journalism students at UT Austin fed up with the misrepresentation of Latinas in media, Latinitas has served over 20,000 girls and teens through after school clubs, weekend workshops, camps and conferences at 112 Austin schools, libraries and community centers generating content for Latinitas magazine, still the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas.

The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “For 13 years Latinitas has been empowering girls using media and technology, securing diverse voices in media, providing much needed digital access and training to communities of color and all under the theme of celebrating identity and culture. They bridge that divide between Austin’s prosperity and young communities of color.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.