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News about Latinos, Young and Old

Submitted by on June 9, 2009 – 8:27 am2 Comments

flower-abuela-by-mandalaybus-on-flickrFurther proof that Abuelitos save the day.

The AARP released a report yesterday showing that older Hispanics “can play a dynamic role in helping solve long-term challenges for many employers, as the traditional labor pool of workers ages 25-54 stagnates.”

From the report:

“Survey results for older Hispanic workers indicate that they are dependable, in that they rarely miss work. The vast majority report that they enjoy their jobs, suggesting that they are engaged and productive employees.”

The number of Hispanics ages 50 to 69 is expected to nearly quadruple by 2050, so the AARP report suggested employers do a few things to increase the “employment prospects of older Hispanics” including:

• Develop recruiting materials in English and Spanish if an employer is open to hiring workers who are not fluent in English.

• Consider training for managers that encourages them to embrace workplace diversity and stresses the value that diverse viewpoints can provide an employer.

And, the Tiki Tiki would add: Be sure to have a turbo office cafecito-making machine. Just sayin.’

You can see the whole report, which includes stats on the differences between U.S.-born and foreign-born Latinos, here.

News to shake you up comes to you from the San Antonio Express:

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of Latina teenagers have contemplated suicide and around 15 percent have attempted it, compared with 10 percent of Anglo and black teen girls who have attempted.”

Luis Zayas, a researcher and expert on Latino psychology, told the San Antonio paper that ”cultural expectations, gender issues, ethnic identity and adolescent-parental conflict converge in a toxic brew to push young Latinas to the edge.”

Are we talking to our girls, gente?

Here’s a site full of positives just for young Latinas, as featured this week in the El Paso Times:

Latinintas magazine, is a non-profit online and print magazine, with content created by, and for, Hispanic girls. The mission: “To empower Latina youth through media and technology.”

The group also has an online community, kind of like Facebook, for girls: MyLatinitas.com.

“Latina girls, 13 and up, can join and create their own Web page, upload videos and blog regularly. They can also find out about upcoming events,” said co-founcer Alicia Rascon of El Paso. She added that the site is monitored for safety.

Gracias to Hispanic Reach for the tip on Twitter.

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2 Comments »

  • Monica says:

    So terribly sad. I have written several times about the silent crisis among young Latinas. Each report is so distressing. I know that one of the psychiatrists says that the key to a young Latina’s ability to overcome the cultural identity crisis is her relationship with her mother. A supportive mama who listens to her daughter (regardless of whether or not she agrees with her daughter’s choices) is most likely to help her daughter to avoid the depression that stems from feelings of isolation or abusive relationships.
    As horrible as it is, there are things we can do as mamas and some hopeful programs starting in the country. I don’t think Carrie will mind my pointing you in the direction of this post… http://tw6.us/LC

  • Carrie says:

    Monica, thanks for adding that link. Great post.

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