Author Archives: Elisa Herrera

Being a Role Model for Our Kids

Often we think our kids don’t listen to us or care what we think. But the truth is that they’re always watching and listening to us, and the examples we set go a long way toward the men and women they will become. … Continue Reading →

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Breaking the Cycle of Incarcerated Latino Youth

According to a 2010 report by the National Council of La Raza, Latinos make up 19% of youth between the ages of 10 to 17, yet we account for 25% of incarcerated youth. We have a problem. We can spend all day and countless blog posts debating the reasons behind our children’s’ overrepresentation in juvenile justice facilities, and I am sure terms like “discrimination,” “personal responsibility,” “oppression” and many others will be bandied about by all sides of the debate, but that won’t resolve the issue at hand. Whatever reasons have gotten us to this point, we’re here. And pointing fingers won’t get us where we need to be. So what can we, as a community, do to help our children avoid derailing their lives before they even get started? … Continue Reading →

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Comadres Pass on Traditions, Skills

Visitors walking into First Elementary School in Lincoln on a Wednesday night will see a group of 25 to 30 Latinas chatting and enthusiastically making jewelry or knitting. It’s not an arts and crafts club—it is way more than that. The Lincoln ladies are part of El Rincon de las Comadres, a group of Latinas working together to share tradition and folklore as well as knowledge and marketable skills. … Continue Reading →

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Auburn Latino Teens Set Volunteering Example

Volunteering your time and skills not only provides much-needed assistance to those you’re helping, but it also builds a stronger community and gives back to you in innumerable ways. Unfortunately, our Latino community does not traditionally engage in volunteerism as much as other groups. … Continue Reading →

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Collaboration Changes Lives and Languages

Recently, the Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists (SFUU) approached the Latino Leadership Council wanting to help the Latino community in Auburn. They were driven by a desire to engage and help the community and were looking for assistance in identifying how they could best address an important need. We are always happy to help others feed their desires to work with the community and the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations, so we took them up on their generous offer. … Continue Reading →

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Grassroots Efforts Plant Seeds for Community Involvement

The interesting thing about grassroots efforts is that often times the seeds planted sprout efforts of their own, and the community-based program you started grows organically beyond what you expected. … Continue Reading →

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