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Latinitas Writing Contest

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  • leticia_werner
    For Latinas 14 through 24. Any Homeschoolers Interested? CONTACT: Alicia Rascon Co-Founder & CEO Latinitas 915.219.8554 alicia@latinitasmagazine.org
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 15, 2008
      For Latinas 14 through 24. Any Homeschoolers Interested?

      CONTACT: Alicia Rascon
      Co-Founder & CEO


      March 2008

      Latinitas Magazine Launches Writing Contest for Latina Teens &
      College Students
      Top Winners Published in Latinitas Magazine and Win Dell Dj MP3 Player

      Austin, Texas - To gather "voces auténticas" (authentic voices) from
      all over the United States, Latinitas Magazine is launching a
      National Writing Contest through April 30, 2008 seeking feedback from
      Latina youth ages 14 to 24 on "What it is to be Latina." Top contest
      winners will be awarded with Dell DJ Mp3 players and with publication
      in the nationally-acclaimed LatinitasMagazine.org.

      Latinitas Magazine launched five years ago as the first digital
      magazine for U.S. Latina youth as a vehicle to counter the lack of
      positive media portrayals of Latina youth. Media tends to either
      neglect or misrepresent Latina identity, crystallizing her
      monolithically in over-sexualized images or excessive portrayals of
      servitude. ABC's "Ugly Betty" aside, much of mainstream media depicts
      Latinas as uneducated gangster "cholas" or maids. According to media
      watchdog Children Now, negative media portrayals of youth have been
      associated with damaging consequences on body image and self-esteem
      among children and teens particularly among girls who often find
      themselves marginalized from media.

      "Latinas come from the barrios and the burbs. We are hoping to hear
      from Hispanic young women who represent the multiple facets of what
      it means to be a young Latina in this country," explains Alicia
      Rascon, Latinitas co-founder. "I was born in Mexico, but you have
      other Latinas in the United States who may have never seen their
      family's country of origin - yet they practice the culture and
      traditions of that place. Latinitas are a diverse group and we want
      to hear their voices. Those are the stories we are excited to read."

      There is an urgency regarding Latina youth in the United States.
      They suffer the highest rate of teen suicide, pregnancy and school
      dropout amongst their White, African-American, Asian, Native-American
      and Pacific Islander peers. The U.S. Census reports that by 2025,
      one in every five teens will be Latino. Clearly, what goes on among
      Latina teens not only affects the Latino community, but also has an
      extraordinary impact on the nation, as a whole.

      Founders Alicia Rascon, of El Paso, Texas and Laura Donnelly, of New
      York City, started Latinitas as a non-profit bilingual magazine with
      girl empowerment outreach programs as a project assignment in a class
      at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, with one writer, one
      translator and no web skills. Reaching over 30,000 readers per
      month, Latinitas continues to grow and initiates multiple prompts for
      girls to submit writing, poetry and art throughout year. Sections
      like "Real Life" and "Mi Barrio," encourage girls to share stories
      that reflect Latina life all over the country, while others such
      as "Latinitas Superstar" and "Role Model" spotlight real girls and
      women achieving success on their own terms.

      Latinitas features two online magazines geared toward Hispanic girls
      ages 11 to 14 and Latina teens 15 and older. Latinitas also supports
      outreach programming throughout Texas that further cultivates Latina
      youths' desire to write, publish on the web, produce radio and create
      their own television programs, while teaching them to use the digital
      technology to do so. Throughout these outreach projects, young
      Latinas are connected with role models and mentors who guide them in
      building their confidence and self-esteem. As Latinas prove to be
      the fastest growing population, Latinitas will continue to provide
      inspiring content that reflects the needs, hopes and cultural
      experiences of this demographic.

      Contest Criteria: Contestants should be females of Hispanic descent
      between the ages of 14 and 24 residing in the United Sates of America
      or in a U.S. territory. Submissions are accepted in two age
      categories. Entries by high school girls should be at least 750-
      1,000 words in first person or Associated Press style on the
      following subjects: What is it like to be a Hispanic/Latina female in
      your hometown? What does it mean to be a Hispanic/Latina female to
      you? As a Hispanic/Latina female are you doing something in your
      community to make a difference, if so what? The contest is also open
      to Latina college students enrolled in an accredited institution of
      post secondary education. Entries by college students should be at
      least 800-1,200 words in length and written in journalistic
      Associated Press style on one of the following topics: an
      investigative piece on an issue facing the young Latinas, a profile
      of an extraordinary Hispanic girl, or a feature story on a new trend
      in the Latino community. All submissions must be of interest to and
      written for a Latina teen audience. All entries must be submitted by
      April 30, 2008. Latinitas accepts submissions via email to
      latinitasawards@... and by mail to PO Box 4284, Austin, TX

      About Latinitas

      Latinitas magazine (www.latinitasmagazine.org) is a non-profit
      publication with outreach programs dedicated to the advancement and
      empowerment of Latina youth through media and technology.
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