Category Archives: Family & Youth

Latino Vote in Georgia Continues to Grow and Outpaces National Latino Voter Participation

Last week, GALEO.org released the report “2016: The Latino Electorate in Georgia Continues To Grow and To Vote”.   Among several eye-opening statistics and a detailed executive summary, three specific items call attention to the particular nature and engagement of the Latinx/Hispanic community in Georgia and its importance in the future of the state. a) The Latino electorate grew 25% from

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The Many Facets of Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director, Avid Biciclyst, Community Advocate and Grand Marshal

(This post is based on an article published by Project Q highlighting the 2017 Pride Parade Marshalls in Atlanta.  You can read the entire original article here) If you have lived in Atlanta for a few years and happen to care about politics and voting rights, you have probably heard about Jerry Gonzalez.  If you work within the space, you

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For immigrant workers, corporate health plans can be an awkward fit

This article was originally published by Georgia Health News, a nonprofit covering health news in the state.  This piece is the ninth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady

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Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Latino Owned & Managed, Has One Goal: To Create Theatre That is Inclusive of All

You wouldn’t exactly expect to find a historic theatre nestled in the heart of Marietta Square to be producing the longest running off-Broadway Latin play, would you? Well, that perception is exactly what the team at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square is working to change.  Artistic director Emil Thomas is a southern gentleman with a New York attitude. Raised

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Trial by Fire, a Latina Leading The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation

(This post was written by Shirley Anne Smith, Founding Director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation.  May 4th is International Firefighters Day) I never thought it would easy but I always thought it would be worth it. My entire life, I have dedicated myself to servant leadership. I dedicated my life to nonprofits way before I even realized the magnitude

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Soy Felicita / I am Felicita

Name: Felicita Pineda Artist name: Felicita I was born in Palms Springs, California to Guatemalan parents. At the time, I lived with my 3 older brothers and both parents. At the age of 2, my parents moved to Atlanta, GA because of new job opportunities due to the Olympics. At that time, my younger brother was born. When I turned

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3 Groups of young Latinas Form Coalition to Strengthen their Communities

(This post originally appeared at “Georgian Educator” a blog by Rebekah Morris, Teacher at Cross Keys High School and community advocate.  You can see the original blog post here.) Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at

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Closing the Latino Teacher-Student Gap

A few weeks ago, a former college professor of mine invited me to join him and his students to watch a movie at the theater. The central theme of the movie was race and focused specifically on the experiences of African-Americans living through the civil rights era. After the movie, we proceeded to a nearby restaurant to discuss our thoughts

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DACAmented in Georgia

In 2012, an important documentary under the name of “Illegal” was part of the official selection for the LA Shorts Fest featuring interviews with undocumented young immigrants, faith, civil and political leaders. At the time of the screening, President Obama had announced the DACA program and while it was relevant at the time, the documentary found the spotlight (again) a

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