Category Archives: Success Stories

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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Empowering Students: 3 Unlikely Partners with a Common Passion.

(this note was written by the team at SteppingBlocks.com) Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don’t much care where.  Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. – Alice in Wonderland Alice, like

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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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Women’s History Month. Latinas in Georgia

Women’s History Month originated in 1981 with a law passed by Congress establishing “Women’s History Week.” Then in 1987, the week was expanded to an entire month to celebrate and honor women’s contributions in the US; expanding on March 8th to encompass the celebration of International Women’s Day. It is no secret that women and especially Latinas are very much invisible

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A Georgia dreamer who came to America as infant and attends college now: “Let me stay”

(This post originally appear at the “Get Schooled” blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  You can click here to read it there. The essay is being reposted with Jaime Rangel’s permission) Jaime Rangel is a Dalton State College student now working as an intern in Atlanta. Brought to the United States as an infant, Rangel is part of the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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Bartow Hispanic Center, Connecting Providers & Hispanic Families

“Even if there are community services available to Hispanics in Cartersville, communication was extremely difficult. We just wanted to help” explains Annabel Rodriguez-Romero, a bilingual Parent Coordinator & Title III (ESOL) Specialist at Cartersville City Schools when asked about the motivation to start a new player in town; a new non-profit called “The Bartow Hispanic Center”. Annabel, along with her co-founder

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In-State Tuition for DACA recipients: GRANTED

After 3 years of legal battle, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail S. Tusan AGREED with the argument that being a DACA recipient qualifies as being lawfully present and therefore students can receive in-state tuition for colleges and universities. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) is a temporary relief given to children that were brought to the US before

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Supporting Hispanic / Latinx Families During the Holidays

  If you are inclined to do something for others this Holiday Season, here are some ideas that we believe will directly assist Hispanic/Latino families and businesses in Georgia: a) Pick the Tab For Struggling Families Many schools will have families that are enrolled in the reduced lunch program.  Many of those families can not even afford to pay the

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Outside of the Shadows. A new blog by Raymond Partolan

“11 million–the undocumented–come to this country in the search of a better life for them and for their families. They are some of this country’s hardest workers; yet, are the ones who have the least access to government assistance, contrary to popular belief. You won’t read these stories in the mainstream news. All over, we see the headlines and hear

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Where is Laura now?

Many of you may remember Laura Diaz-Villaquiran, a young woman from Colombia that arrived to Georgia as a refugee a few years ago.  Laura came with her family, a mother, a father and a young brother. Laura has already lived what most of us will never experience: War, the lost of loved ones, depression, being forced to move to a

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Profile of Estrella Sanchez from Mexico

(This originally appeared at a social media post from Atlanta Pride. We are re-posting in an effort to highlight local leaders and community activists during Hispanic Heritage Month) Estrella Sanchez, a Trans Latina, was born an activist in Veracruz , Mexico. She challenged the norms of her family, community, church, and ultimately her country. She fled to the US to

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Eli Velez: Braves Country Community Hero! #HispanicHeritageMonth

Originally posted on Braves Give:
On Monday, September 12, the Atlanta Braves honored Eliezer “Eli” Velez as a Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A. Eli is the Managing Director of Youth Programs at the Latin America Association (LAA). He started with LAA in 2001 as a volunteer and has worked his way up within the organization, impacting the lives…

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On Hispanic Heritage Month & Contributions of Latino-Americans

Unlike 5 de Mayo, Hispanic Heritage Month has a history based in traditions. During that month (Sept.15-Oct.15) , many Latin American countries celebrate their independence and if you know where to go in the Georgia, you will be able to find celebrations, festivals and events pretty much every day in the week during that period of time. With this election

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Dr. Julia Perilla Retires, Leaving a Legacy of Dedication to Latino Families

Julia Perilla had five children and was working to get her Ph.D when she was approached by a Catholic nun for help.  Sister Barbara Harrington, who was running the Mercy Mobile Health Clinic, realized that  many of the bruises that the Latina women had were not a product of accidents. They were the result of violence in their own homes.  Sister Harrington asked Julia to start a spanish speaking group

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