By Sugey Palomares | 05/09/2012 - 11:18
Zoraida Córdova is the author of the fantasy fiction young adult book series, The Vicious Deep. The Ecuadorian writer takes readers on a journey into a mystical world, where a lifeguard-turned-merman is fighting for his life and searching for his true self. Córdova’s love for her homeland and childhood acculturation greatly inspired her first novel, which is already getting praise as one of the best summer reads for teens since its release earlier this month.
By Jill Pankow | 03/12/2012 - 11:35
Columbia University researcher Kathy Rodriguez is helping families of young people diagnosed with cancer cope during their time of stress and uncertainty. This University of Florida graduate is using her interest in medicine, knowledge of language and passion for people to better her community. In the future she hopes to attend medical school, but at this point in time we are impressed with the work she is already doing to make the lives of those around her less painful.
By Jill Pankow | 02/27/2012 - 11:20
High School social studies teacher Silvia Moya inspires dozens of students every day. Teaching is not only this Ecuadorean’s dream, but her passion! It is through her own dedication that she is able to motivate other young people to reach beyond what they ever thought possible to accomplish goals they never knew they had. It is because of Silvia’s hard work and unrelenting commitment to making a difference that she has been selected as our inspiring young Latina this week!
By Jill Pankow | 02/13/2012 - 12:40
At the tender age of 14, Caitlin McGinnis already understands the importance of loving others, and she is putting that belief into action. McGinnis is representing her community and giving the greatest gift that one can give - her time. This is why we’re proud to honor Caitlin as this week’s Inspiring Young Latina!
By Jill Pankow | 02/06/2012 - 14:22
This week we’re pleased to introduce you to Monika Langarica who has fought adversity and substandard conditions to not only become the first in her family to go away to school, but to also leave a positive, lasting impact on her community in the wake of her success. We were made aware of Monika’s story through an email from her stepmother, Martha Gonzalez, and now we’re proud to reveal her many accomplishments here to you.
Here’s Why Monika Inspires Us:
By Sugey Palomares | 01/30/2012 - 12:27
This week’s featured Inspiring Young Latina of the Week is named Samantha Garvey. The Salvadoran-American teenager has inspired her community and our nation with her determination to succeed against all odds. In December, the New York student and her family were evicted from their home and forced to live in a homeless shelter. Despite facing this challenge, Garvey maintained a 3.9 grade point average and became a semifinalist for a prestigious science competition. We are so proud of her strength, courage, and perseverance!
By Amaris Castillo | 01/16/2012 - 11:55
Last week, we kicked off "Inspiring Young Latina of the Week," a unique weekly column where we will be profiling young Latinas who are making a difference in America. We asked Latina’s readers on Facebook to send in their stories of trailblazing mujeres to us, and while we received a handful, one heartfelt story emerged that left us incredibly touched.