Tag Archives: Latina

Helping Out Without Burning Out

As promotores, community workers, social workers and advocates we go the extra mile to help the families and individuals with whom we work. But is there such a thing as a mile too far? Often times we give and give at the risk at overtaxing our own physical, mental and spiritual health. At what point do your own needs take precedence over those of the people you’re helping? … Continue Reading →

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Changing Lives at the Mujer Sagrada Retreat

I think the term “life-changing moment” is woefully overused. Yet there is no other way to describe the events at the recent Latino Leadership Council Retiro (retreat), MujerSagrada (Sacred Woman). In fact, what I witnessed was life-changing moment after life-changing moment. Including changes in my own life. … 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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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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Taking (Rhythmic) Steps to Better Health

One of the great things about Latino culture is the food—who doesn’t like pan dulce, sopes or tamales? Unfortunately, all that culinary yumminess is also one of the reasons why Latinos have such a high obesity and diabetes rate. That doesn’t mean we need to give it all up…after all, food is as much part of our culture as our music, our family bonds, our language and our rocky relationship with punctuality. With the right mix of moderation and exercise, we can still fully enjoy our tortas and chilaquiles. … Continue Reading →

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