Latino Entrepreneurial Journalism – What Is It?

There are some 60 million Hispanic and Latinos living in America, and most of them are believing deeply in the ‘American Dream’. All of our grandparents and parents have come to this great country to pursue their own American Dream, and we all have followed right in their footsteps. But let’s take a closer look at Latino Entrepreneurial Journalism – what is it?

We left our families and our countries to find better lives for not only ourselves but also for exactly the families we left behind. We all arrived with great dreams and the willingness to work hard to realize our goals.

Most of us have started their own new families in this country, and we also adopted lots of things from this land’s culture. Most of us have adapted to this nation’s typical way of life, but we also cherish and keep our own culture.

Our mindset has become more American, but our hearts remain Latino. There have actually been quite a few research studies that indicate that Latinos and Hispanics are far more optimistic when it comes to believing that achieving our dreams is possible here, than non-Latinos. Our dreams may be different, though, from the dreams of non-Latinos.


LOFT – Latinos On Fast Track

The HHAT (Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation) and the HCF (Hispanic College Fund) have developed the LOFT – Latinos on Fast Track program, an initiative designed to aggressively provide America’s workforce with premier, emerging Hispanic professionals.

For more than two decades, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards program has recognized and honored Latino high school students from across America. Award winners are selected for their outstanding accomplishments in their communities, classrooms, and for academic excellence in fields such as Community Service, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Technology & Engineering, Media & Entertainment, and Healthcare & Science.

The LOFT initiative was created as an extension of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards and the Hispanic College Fund’s scholarship program, in which both nonprofit organizations recognize the top-performing Hispanic students across the United States for their accomplishments in the classroom and community. LOFT is HHAF and HCF’s reaction to the lack of Latinos in the professional or executive workforce.


Educational Grants for Hispanic High School Students

The HHAF (Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation) awards top Hispanic high school seniors to identify and promote the next generation of Hispanic role models. Students can file an application online or pick up applications at almost 5000 participating Subway restaurants in the Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Northern California, and Washington, D.C. regions. So let’s check out these educational grants for Hispanic high school students.

Interesting is also what Cris Mora explains in this TEDxYouth@ParkCity video about undocumented Students and College Scholarships:

Students can apply to win a Gold or Silver Medallion in six categories: Academic Excellence sponsored by MasterCard International and Chase, Community Service sponsored by Dr Pepper, Engineering & Mathematics sponsored by ExxonMobil, Healthcare sponsored through GlaxoSmithKline, Journalism sponsored by Telemundo and NBC Universal, and Sports sponsored by Subway restaurants. Southwest Airlines is once again the Official Airline of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.


CAMY Fund and WINGS Youth Network

On a recent reporting trip to Guatemala, I had the opportunity to see first-hand the work of ALAS/WINGS, one of the CAMY Fund’s grantees. So let’s take a closer look at CAMY Fund and WINGS Youth Network.

The following Donaldina Cameron House video was presented a few years back at the annual CAMY Awards Gala and gives you a pretty good idea of the good work the CAMY fund is involved in.

We reached the city (population: 144,461) in the afternoon and headed to the WINGS office to meet their team. We knew Fidelia Chub, the project leader for the CAMY Fund, but had not yet met her colleagues: Kimberly Morales, Director of Programs, Dominga Torres Morales, who is a Peer Educator along with Fidelia, and Ana Iczep, who is a Health Promoter with the organization.

The next day, Michele and I joined Kimberly and Fidelia on a visit to the nearby community of Tanchi in order to meet with some potential youth leaders and their mothers. Cobán’s streets quickly gave way as we bounced along a lush-green gravel road.


Financial Support for Hispanics

In the United States, the expansion of the Hispanic population over the last decade has been bigger than ever before. Research indicates that people from Hispanic origin represent almost 15% of the entire US population, and this figure is expected to double in the years that lie ahead. So let’s take a closer look at the possibilities of financial support for Hispanics.

For this reason, Hispanics were able to get a great deal of attention from nonprofit organizations and state and federal authorities. These days, a good amount of financial support is provided to Hispanics available as scholarships, employment programs, and educational programs.

Also, the GED test, which grants the equivalent of a high school diploma, is offered in Spanish for individuals who have difficulty with English. However, the majority of Hispanic students choose a prep program and the test in English because there are far more possibilities for holders of the English version of the GED diploma, says the owner of Kate Jay from, a provider of free online GED prep classes. (more…)

Scholarships for Hispanic Students with a GED

Nowadays, Hispanics outnumber the amount of African Americans in the United States by far, but more alarming is the fact that there are fewer Hispanics who are going to college than African-Americans. But let’s take a look at some scholarships for Hispanic students with a GED.

You can find a huge number of Hispanic Americans that are not getting the education and learning they ought to get when you compare this to other minority groups. Regrettably, many people and organizations state that financial obstacles are the most important reason for the fact that so many Hispanics are undereducated!

41% of Hispanics ages 20 and older in the US don’t have a high school diploma and only 1-in-10 Hispanic high school dropout has a General Educational Development (GED) credential.

Also, the GED Credential is needed if Hispanics want to take advantage of many scholarships available to this group. So here is a list of latest free resources (no fee, no registration) for GED preparation:

Recent research and statistics have demonstrated that Hispanics don’t have as much access to grants and scholarships excluding them from all the benefits these great programs offer. This is the main reason they often do not receive the education they so deeply desire.


More Scholarships for Hispanic Students

College scholarships for students from Hispanic origin are generally determined by the merits of applicants. On the other hand, you can find many programs that focus on uncovering solutions to the obstacles that students from Hispanic background are confronted with. So let’s check out more scholarships for Hispanic students.

For example, Hispanic students can get specific support when it comes to scholarships. The most important source for many college scholarships is formed by government resources, and in the second place by private organizations.

When it comes to scholarship grants, there are mainly two different types available to Hispanics and other minority groups. The first type are scholarship grants for ethnic minorities that offer financial support determined by racial backgrounds for example grants for African Americans and Hispanics.

The most important objective of this kind of scholarships is to improve education and certain professional fields. The second type of scholarships is formed by non-ethnic minority grants that are specifically intended for those students who are physically inhibited, underprivileged, or who are restricted in seeking careers in education or professional market sectors. (more…)

Changes In Hispanic & Latino Identity

The identity views of Hispanic and Latino communities in America are changing, but that as such is nothing new. It’s been going on decades. Some fifty years ago, the term ‘Hispanic’ was merely used in government statistics for identifying groups of people of Cuban, Puerto Rico, Mexican, or some other Latin American ancestry. This post is about the changes in Hispanic & Latino identity.

But whereas some Hispanics are considering their background to be of one race, they increasingly would prefer to be identified with a specific nationality, for example, Cuban, Dominican, or Mexican.

Today we see that both the terms Hispanic and Latino are commonly and widely used. The Washington D.C.-based Pew Research Center has conducted studies that indicate that most Hispanics would prefer if they were identified in terms of their original nationality instead of than pan-ethnic monikers (Latino, Hispanic, or even American).


Statistics Are Crucial To Journalism

Numbers cannot talk, but they may tell you often just as much as human sources. But just like human sources, you need to ask! But what should you be asking a number? Well, that’s where statistics come in. Statistics are crucial to Journalism!

Mathematicians have been developing an entire science, statistics, to come up with answers from numbers. Of course, you’re not required to hold an academic degree in statistics to conduct an ‘interview’ with data, but before you can be successful in doing so, there are a few basics you need to know.

Let’s check out an online tutorial for math-phobic journalists titled ‘Statistics Every Writer Should Know’ that was published for the first time in 1996 by a professional reporter who had also majored in a Northwestern University program called ‘Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences‘ (imagine to fit this on a job application), and who was thinking that using his math background might help a few of his fellow journalists become a little less afraid of statistics and numbers.

The online publication was attracting lots of attention, and through the years and the journalist has received numerous emails in which students thanked him for saving their asses on their final statistics exams. They were no precisely the audience that he aimed for, but he said he okay with helping anyone. Here are a few excerpts from his tips:


Spanish & Bilingual Reporting for Cubans in Miami – What Is It Worth?

Are people getting the news from their preferred source, or in their preferred language? It depends on how you read this question, but in one way it is the sort of ‘chicken-or-egg’ question to what there likely is not a correct answer. Let’s see what the importance or relevance of bringing the news to Miami’s Cuban population in English would be. Let’s consider Spanish & Bilingual reporting for Cubans in Miami – what is it worth?

At a daylong event named ‘Investiguemos: Opportunities and challenges in bilingual and Spanish journalism’, organized by the Center for Investigative Reporting & Open Society Foundations, this question came up pretty often. The conversation that day was pretty far-reaching, but there were actually three key conclusions that emerged from this day.

1. Quality journalism education in the Spanish language is necessary if we want to be able to deal with the immense shortage of high-qualified native Spanish-speaking or bilingual reporters that are serving the countless Spanish-speaking/bilingual communities across the U.S., This is also crucial to set up a varied pool of (potential) reporters in environments where they may be contributing to journalistic or editorial innovations.


How to Find the Best Community Colleges in Florida

For residents of Florida, the state’s community college system remains one of the most popular and affordable ways for students to begin their post-secondary school education. In fact, 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates in the Sunshine State begin their college careers at one of the 28 best community colleges in Florida. So let’s see how to find the best community colleges in Florida.

Why Community College?

Some may wonder just why so many Floridian students pick a community college to attend instead of applying to one of the many private schools that exist in the state. These days, of course, cost is a huge factor in the decision.