Category Archives: Youth

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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Celebrating Christmas Latino Style

In the United States, we often hear about the 12 Days of Christmas and the celebrations and gifts that surround that tradition. But the 12 Days of Christmas have nothing on the more than month-long holiday celebrations traditionally held by Latino communities in this country and abroad. So it comes as no surprise that around this time of year, I get a lot of questions from my non-Latino friends and associates, particularly those who work with the Latino community, about “what’s a posada?” or “what’s this thing they’re celebrating in January?” I know, there’s a lot of culture, tradition and history around Latino holidays, so I thought I would take a few moments to give a quick guide to celebrating Christmas Latino style. … 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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Latino Kids Face Uphill Battles in School

School life isn’t a walk in the park for any school-age kid, but things seem to be even harder for Latino children in our school. Academics are challenging enough, as they should be, but it’s the social pressure and the institutional biases that really bear down on our kids and jeopardize their success. … Continue Reading →

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Wanted: Latino Leaders

You know we have a lot of work to do when 74% of Latinos responding to a recent PEW Hispanic Center research poll couldn’t name a single important Hispanic leader. Unfortunately, there are not enough individuals from our community who are active, visible leaders in politics, business, health care or other high-profile areas. And even more tragic is that the lack of leaders reinforces the wrong idea in our youth that they aren’t meant for bigger and better things…that they can’t lead. … Continue Reading →

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