Do you know a Latina Mom making a difference?
A couple of weeks ago I told you about the MamásLatinas Awards launched by the Hispanic Federation in partnership with the bilingual portal MamasLatinas.com. The awards have the objective of identifying, recognizing, and rewarding those who embody the hard work and commitment of so many Latina mothers across the country.
I believe every single one of us knows a Latina mom making a difference, so nominating one should be easy. I know, for example, one Latina Mom who is a bilingual educator and one of my mom’s cousins. Her name is Sylvia.
I still remember when I first met her, she came to visit us in Mexico when I was a child. Little did I know then that she and her family would become a central part of my life. Sylvia has been a bilingual educator for as long as I can remember. She has taught kindergarten and other elementary grade levels for many years in a full immersion Español-English public school in California. She is one of those teachers who uses her own money to buy books and materials for her”kids.” Sylvia’s expertise and dedication have been recognized through Teacher of the Year awards from both her school district and a statewide organization for bilingual educators.
As a teacher she has touched the lives of thousands of children both directly and indirectly, which is in itself a great accomplishment, but she is also a positive force outside of the classroom. One of the things I most admire about her is the family she has raised. She and her husband are excellent role models. They have raised three polite, hard working, talented, intelligent, and loving kids. One day I asked her her secret, since I want my kids to be like hers when they grow up, and she told me, “be part of their lives every step of the way, do things together, share a sport, have open communication.”
If you know a Latina Mom making a difference? Nominate her, here are the details:
Seven Hispanic mothers will be recognized for their exceptional achievements in these areas:
- Community Improvement– making our communities better places to live
- Youth Advancement– providing the next generation of Hispanic kids with greater opportunities
- Economic Empowerment– creating new business, jobs, and/or leading corporate efforts
- Personal Transformation– overcoming adversity and/or undergoing a personal transformation to make life better for self, family, and/or community
Each of the seven will be awarded $5,000 and other prizes in a Gala event during Hispanic Heritage Month. To enter or nominate an exceptional Latina mom please complete the application at mamaslatinasawards.com for the initial round.
Limit one entry per person. 25 finalist will be selected from all eligible entries and seven (7) winners will be selected from finalists to receive a $5,000 Prize and other prizes (valued at over $5,500). The winners shall be selected on or about August 24, 2012. *No Purchase Necessary. Open to US residents 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Please check the official rules here.
What are you waiting for?
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