Avalon High School student, Arlene Cazares Garcia, was surprised last month with a $50,000 STEM scholarship from Edison International. Each year, only 30 high school students from Southern California are selected for scholarships by the Edison program. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison and one of the largest corporate philanthropic companies.
Transgender Latina making history at the 21st Annual Latino Spirit Awards
Earlier this month, the 21 Latino Spirit Awards were held at the State Capitol in Sacramento. To coincide with the state celebration of Cinco de Mayo, like every year since 2002, prominent, talented, Latinos, who are leaders of their fields from across California were honored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Among the honorees was Bamby Salcedo, the first transgender woman activist to be recognized with these awards.
What 4,339 Southern Californians Say Needs Immediate Action From LA Mayor Karen Bass
We asked and you answered. Here are some key takeaways from responses we got to the question about what feels most urgent to Angelenos as the new mayor’s policies and priorities take shape. That’s why LAist launched a 12-question survey during L.A. Mayor Karen Bass’ first three months in office to understand what you think her administration should tackle first.
MARIA TWENA escribe sobre familias latinas que navegan entre dos culturas
Como hija de padre español y madre cubana, María (López) Twena supo que su vida era diferente comparada con quienes la rodeaban. Nacida en Miami, Florida, Twena vivía en ese momento en un vecindario no hispano en Nueva Orleans. Allí notó las diferencias entre crecer en un hogar hispano y la nueva vida fuera de […]
LA Coalition brings attention to Digital Equity in communities of color
On May 4, the Digital Equity LA (DELA) coalition held an advocacy day to discuss internet access’s importance among low-income communities. The DELA convened at Los Angeles City Hall to showcase the coalition’s work over the past three years and their efforts to increase awareness of internet access.
MARIA TWENA, author of animated series about Latino families navigating two worlds, two cultures
Growing up as the daughter of a Spanish father and a Cuban mother, (Lopez) Twena soon realized how different her life was compared to others who surrounded her. Living in a non-Hispanic neighborhood in New Orleans but born in Miami, Florida, Twena noticed the differences growing up in a Hispanic household compared to her life outside of her home, specifically when she first started primary school. Eventually, she landed on the idea of MariVi: The Master Navigator, a book series created and written by Twena.
The Public Health Department helping communities affected by COVID-19
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) recognizes the vital work of its partner organizations, such as the East LA Women’s Center (ELAWC), which supports Latina women, mothers and girls in underserved and vulnerable communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the ELAWC, people can be seen by a therapist or a case manager so that they can access their needs individually.
AUTODESK, a software company that supports Latino students pursuing STEM careers
The California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus will be home to a new innovation center that will provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities, and skills to Latino students.
Community organizations look to have a police-free LAUSD
The Police Free LAUSD Coalition released a report in 2023 titled “From Criminalization to Education: A Community Vision for Safe Schools in LAUSD.” The information is urging LAUSD to redirect all funding from the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) to invest in the holistic well-being of all students instead.
Organizaciones comunitarias quieren un LAUSD sin policías
Desde fines de la década de 1990, la policía estadounidense ha estado recorriendo los pasillos de las escuelas. Es así como quieren lidiar con comportamientos poco saludables de los alumnos. Pero varias organizaciones de justicia social quieren que esta norma llegue a su fin. Este año, la Coalición Police Free LAUSD lanzó una campaña para […]
SANDRA TOVAR, Fine Arts Director for the Boys and Girls Club
Hard work and dreams: two things Sandra Tovar always kept in mind when she arrived in the United States at 18 years old. Like any other immigrant family, Tovar came to the U.S. looking for a better life and explained that when she was with her family, she felt like she had everything she needed in life.
COLUMN: On Prosperity featuring Farah Sosa
Farah Sosa identifies as a photographer with an emphasis on multicultural musical landscapes. She was born in Guatemala City and has been living in Los Angeles since 2006. She currently rents n Highland Park, California, and would like to own a home one day.