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Latinas Unidas is an extracurricular activity that started in 2013 with the help of Senator Patricia Torres Ray, who helped Briana MacPhee Santoscoy found the group.
Briana and Senator Torres had been talking about the lack of groups like Latinas Unidas and said, “Let’s do it!”
In the most recent meeting of Latinas Unidas, an every-other Wednesday occurrence, attendance was solid. About a dozen young women showed up at the Writing Center to talk about academics.
It was a rambling discussion for what has become a crucial support group for the Latinas who show up, but Briana, one of the group’s founders, is worried about the future.
Most of the regular attendees are seniors, and the group is struggling to get younger students to show up and keep going.
“I would love to invite all Latina girls at Roosevelt High School to join Latinas Unidas- you don’t have to sign up, just show up!”
“It’s a group that has grown to be a support-network for powerful, young Latina women who are learning together how to use their own voices to make their education their own.”
“Please come meet with us every-other Wednesday after school (3:30pm) in the Writing Lab. We laugh, discuss different topics, and share delicious food. Check the red flyers hanging in the school hallways or on the Writing Lab door for specific dates, and we hope to see you there.” said Briana.
The purpose for this group is to mentor and support Latina girls from 9th-12th grade to be successful academically and as community leaders through High School; helping to pave the way to college, and beyond.