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Volunteer Orientation

  1. 1. Latinitas is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth through media, art, culture & technology
  2. 2. Latinitas FAQ <ul><ul><li>What: Latinitas started as a service learning project at the University of Texas at Austin in a Latinos in Media class by Dr. Federico Subervi. Since then, Latinitas has grown into a 501c3 nonprofit. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where: Headquarters - Austin & El Paso, TX </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When: Launched in 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who: Founders - Laura Donnelly & Alicia Rascon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why: To Empower Latina Youth </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Latinitas?? <ul><ul><li>Lack of a Magazine for Hispanic girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Online Content for Hispanic girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Latinos in the Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Latinos are consistently underrepresented or stereotyped in media. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Latinos Behind the Scenes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hispanics make up only 2% of Newsroom staff across the country. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Hispanic Girls? <ul><li>There is a particular urgency regarding Latina girls. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Highest risk for a susceptibility to teen pregnancy, drug abuse, health issues such as obesity & a drop in grades. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is of special concern because Hispanics represent the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There is a lack of bilingual and bicultural programs that serve this population. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our Philosophy <ul><ul><li>Latinitas...need content that meets their needs, interests & speaks their language. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>want to learn about their culture and history. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>should be exposed to Latina role models. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>need to hear the message that they are important and that they can succeed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>face challenges that must be addressed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deserve to see their experiences reflected honestly and accurately. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. www.LatinitasMagazine.com
  7. 7. www.LatinitasMagazine.com <ul><li>1 st Digital Magazine for Latina Girls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Webmagazine created by & for girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Latina tweens (ages 11-13)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online forum where girls get published </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bilingual website updated monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource guide for girls with articles: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advice, hot topics, youth issues, wellness, beauty, culture, role models, college, history entertainment, school, poetry, profiles </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Teen Latinitas <ul><li>www.TeenLatinitas.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For Latina teens (ages 14+)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.MyLatinitas.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online community for Latina teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moderated social network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs by girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo & video sharing </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Latinitas Outreach <ul><li>Latinitas... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowers girls through media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps girls build confidence & resiliency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches girls to express themselves creatively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trains the next generation of media makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develops personal, academic & professional skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers hands-on lessons on art, journalism writing, photography, graphic design, web design, desktop publishing, radio & video production. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Outreach Programs <ul><li>Clubs - an after-school program for jr. reporters. </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach Workshops - media & technology workshops held throughout the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers Bureau – community events featuring media lessons by professional media makers. </li></ul><ul><li>Camps – week-long intensive multimedia programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Reporters - an intern training program for high-school students. </li></ul><ul><li>Latinitas Interns - educational and professional opportunities for college students. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Volunteers Make a Difference <ul><li>Publish inspiring bilingual articles & photos </li></ul><ul><li>Expose young girls to new skills and help them develop their own voice </li></ul><ul><li>Provide role models & mentors for young girls </li></ul><ul><li>Connect Latinitas with a wider audience through media promotion & marketing events. </li></ul><ul><li>Help Latinitas continue its empowering work by fundraising to sustain projects </li></ul>Latinitas is a volunteer-driven nonprofit.
  12. 12. Volunteer Opportunities <ul><li>Outreach Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After-School Program Volunteer, Saturday Camp Volunteer, Workshop Volunteer, Speakers Bureau </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Magazine Editorial Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer, Translator, Artist, Designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and more.... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Alliance for Latinitas <ul><li>Volunteer Arm for Latinitas </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the Latinitas scholarship fund </li></ul><ul><li>Raises funds & awareness for Latinitas </li></ul><ul><li>Committees: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing, Public Relations, Fundraising, Event Planning, Volunteer Recruitment </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. How to Become a Volunteer <ul><ul><ul><li>Send inquires to: [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete online application at: http://www.latinitasmagazine.org/volunteer_application.php </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attend an orientation session or view online presentation. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for monthly email bulletins with volunteer opportunities from [email_address] . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for a committee or volunteer project. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attend monthly committee meetings (if needed). </li></ul></ul></ul>