Time Inc. magazine is honoring the women who came forward to share their stories of being sexually harassed in its “Persons of the Year” edition this year. We thought it was high time to honor women too. We’ve highlighted three organizations that empower Latina women to come out of the shadows and pursue a better life for themselves. Won’t you help them to do so?
1. Latinas On the Verge of Excellence, L.O.V.E.
L.O.V.E. is a NYC-based organization that empowers young Latinas to succeed by providing positive role models they can look up to and learn from. These mentors believe in the power of these young Latina women and are committed to helping them achieve their full potential. But they also know that they are starting at a disadvantage.
Compared to their non-Hispanic counterparts, Latinas in NYC have the highest high school dropout rate at 37%, the highest teen pregnancy rate at 39%, and the highest suicide ideation rate at 23%. L.O.V.E’s Mentoring Program is tackling this issue by supporting and empowering young Latina women to strive for success both in school and in life. Mentors are helping these young Latina women to increase high school graduation rates, enroll in college, and create healthy lifestyles all across New York City.
The organization is currently raising money for its day-long Be-YOU-tiful – L.O.V.E. conference, which consists of a series of workshops and activities that will cover topics related to the importance of self-love and self-esteem. Themes that will be addressed include natural hair, body shapes, social media influence, physical health and wellness, nutrition, makeup and hair sessions, and poetry about self-LOVE. Won’t you empower them with a donation?
2. Santa Cruz Community Ventures (SCCV)’s Mamás Con Más program
Santa Cruz Community Ventures (SCCV) is an organization devoted to addressing the significant wealth and financial capability gaps Latina women face. Recent studies have shown that Latina women in California earn only 43 cents to the dollar of White non-Hispanic men. In Watsonville, CA, many women are dependent on low wage, agricultural, seasonal, and service jobs. They often have limited access to civic engagement and elected officials rarely take Latina voices into consideration in an inclusive way.
Additionally, many Latina/o households have insufficient liquid assets to subsist at the poverty level, for three months, in the absence of income. And 50% of the households are unbanked or underbanked, leading them to become victims of lending practices that include exorbitant fees and interest rates, misleading terms, and a lack of consideration for a borrower’s ability to repay. All of this puts women with children at a great disadvantage, as they try to keep their households above water.
The Mamás Con Más program is looking to change all that by addressing this population through culturally appropriate education, outreach, credit building, and advocacy efforts. It is increasing the use of trusted banking services, helping to create financial capabilities for mothers, and helping to avoid or stop the use of alternative banking services. It is also looking to increase civic engagement in economic planning discussions and providing financial capability workshops to educate families around financial topics that may help to reduce financial stress and increase financial health and security.
By educating mothers, Mamás Con Más is empowering Latina women. Your donation will go toward helping these women learn how to become financially secure.
3. Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) is working to end the stigma and silence around sex education, birth control, abortion, and young parenting within the Latina/o community. The organization believes that Latinas and their families must be provided with the knowledge, freedom, and power to talk about the health of their mind, body, and spirit. They need to be provided with the opportunity to achieve reproductive justice and rights.
One way COLORS is achieving this goal is through its leadership institute, Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS). The program is open to youth who identify as Latinas, are ages 16-21, and live in the Denver metro area. The LIPS institute is mentoring the next generation of Latina leaders to help them advance Latina/o communities and to advocate for reproductive justice. The program also serves as an entry points for young Latinas to become engaged with organizing and advocacy. It offers educational and developmental tools that are culturally relevant, community-centered, and necessary for true community empowerment. Won’t you donate today and help them on this journey?
At HIPGive, we believe in helping Latina women empower themselves. Your donation could, one day, give a Latina woman the tools she needs to become a Time Inc. magazine Woman of the Year!