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Empowering Girl Journalists in Texas / by Maria Hinojosa | May 15, 2009

Empowering Girl Journalists in Texas

Girls working on the e-zine

For young Latinas, role models are sometimes difficult to find. Too often, Hispanic girls lack resources to develop to their full potential. In Austin, Texas, a non-profit has created a mentorship program, pairing Latina girls and teens, to help develop their leadership through journalism. It’s the mission of Latinitas to empower Latina youth through media and technology with the goal of informing, entertaining, and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident, and successful adults.

Since 2002, the Latinitas program has produced an online magazine — or E-Zine — produced and written by youth. Recently, the online magazine has gone to traditional print.

KUT’s Crystal Chavez profiles the journalistic training program and some of the girls involved.

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