New Year, New Board, New President

As many students headed back to school on Monday, Con Mi MADRE’s Board of Directors headed back to the board room for a new year with Con Mi MADRE.

We had eight new faces join us at Monday night’s board meeting and said hello to our new Board President, Veronica Hinojosa Segura (Director of Foundations Operations & Finance at Seton Healthcare Family). Veronica joined Con Mi MADRE in 2012 as a board member and chair of the Finance committee. 

When asked about her new position, she had the following to say:

“My desire as the incoming board president is to leverage all the terrific work of those that served before me. My hope is to continue to build on Con Mi MADRE’s strong foundation and to promote the wonderful work that our organization offers so that every young Latina and their mother has an opportunity to step though doors that may not have been opened prior to Con Mi MADRE.”

 

Veronica Segura with husband and son.

Veronica Segura with husband and son.

Her spirit and talent is amazing; we can’t wait to see where this strong and talented Latina leads us to next!

Here’s to an exciting year with a stellar Board!

Click here to see a full list of our Board of Directors.

CMM kicks off new school year with Orientation

Saturday August 23, 2014 was a big day for Con Mi MADRE. We held our very first orientation!

We are so excited of our turn out. There were about 146 mother-daughter teams that attended the orientation.

Con Mi MADRE kicked off the new school year by inducting new 6th grade participants. We also held team building activities for our Preparedness, Participation, and Success girls.

We can’t wait for this new school year. Good luck to all our participants on the first day of school!

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Mother-Daughter teams checking in for Orientation.

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New 6th grade participants. Class of 2021!

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Senior girls and SAP Advisor speed dating.

Con Mi MADRE Executive Director speaks at CYD Ceremony

On Thursday August 22, 2014, Con Mi MADRE’s Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Granillo was the guest key-note speaker at the Dove Springs Community Youth Development Recognition Ceremony. The Dove Springs CYD is a program which helps the development of at risk juvenile children and their families.

Con Mi MADRE would like to congratulate all the awardees at the CYD Recognition Ceremony.

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Veteran CMM Member Turned Rookie Intern

On August 18th, Con Mi MADRE welcomed its newest Communications intern, Anais Cruz.

I’ve been part of Con Mi MADRE since 2006 and am currently a Success student.  I will be starting my third year at St. Edward’s University on Monday! I am studying for my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising. 

I am so excited to be part of the Con Mi MADRE team! I want to thank Con Mi MADRE for giving me so many opportunities and resources throughout the years, especially this internship. It is so gratifying to be able to give back to a program that has given plenty of girls, including myself, opportunities to dream big! 

Keep an eye out for my future posts! 

2014 Communications Intern, Anais Cruz

2014 Communications Intern, Anais Cruz

Mother’s Day Memories #ConMiMADRE

To raise awareness of Con Mi MADRE’s mission of empowering young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services, please post your favorite memory of your mom using #ConMiMADRE on our facebook and twitter pages. 

It is unbelievable to think that I will be celebrating my first mother’s day this year. Although I have not been a mother for that long (7 weeks to be exact), I have learned so much from this experience and have a new respect for mothers everywhere.

When I think back on all of the valuable lessons my mother taught me, none stick out more than education and knowledge are the keys to success. She always wanted a better life for her children and knew that getting an education was a key component in that. One of the steps we took to insuring that goal was joining Con Mi MADRE (or how it was then known as the Junior League of Austin Mother-Daughter Hispanic Program). We not only learned about college and the college entrance process, but other important skills, such as growing our self-esteem, learning how to communicate as mother and daughter and so much more. Most importantly, though, it was a time for us to bond…to grow our relationship while working towards a greater purpose.

As I reflect back on this year’s mother’s day, I am grateful to have had a mother who cared enough to want the best for me and make the initial steps to ensure a successful path for her daughter. I plan to make the same steps and goals for my daughter as well.

Thank you Con Mi MADRE for all of the memories you helped me make con mi madre.

Grandmother, mom, little baby and me

Grandmother, mom, little baby and me

 

Get Ready. Get Enrolled. Persist: Maricela

Con Mi MADRE interviewed Maricela, a CMM graduate who is now a participant in the CMM G.R.A.D program.  As she gets ready for her freshman year, she is looking forward to classes and her new home away from home.

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Classification: Freshman

University: Texas State University

Major:  Criminal Justice

Why did you join Con Mi MADRE?

I joined Con Mi MADRE my sophomore year of high school because my sister was in it. I went to one of their ceremonies with my sister and kept coming back. CMM helps us help ourselves and it has created a strong bond between my sister, mom and family, while helping us advance in our education.

Why are you excited about transitioning into the G.R.A.D program?

I am excited to be in the G.R.A.D. Program because Con Mi Madre helped me become successful in the two years I was in the program. I also knew I would need people to talk to because I was the first person in my family to attend college. I will be able to continue learning through Con Mi MADRE and it’s extremely helpful to hear everyone else’s story.

What is the hardest part of applying to college?

One of the hardest parts of applying to college was turning things in on time. Getting my SAT scores in on time was so difficult for me, which is why I would tell other girls to do everything their junior year. They should make sure to take their SAT or ACT tests and turn them into their school of choice as soon as possible. Because your senior year of high school you’ll just be focusing on filling out scholarship applications, not taking tests.

Do you have any words of advice for other girls?

Make sure you fill out the FASFA! My parents filled out mine, so I had to keep on pestering them and asking them until they finished it. My dad was late, so make sure you don’t turn in your FASFA late.

Why do you love Con Mi MADRE?

Con Mi MADRE had its 21st annual Leadership Summit, July 12-3, 2013. Mother and daughter teams from more than 15 schools came to the University of Texas at Austin to get a feel for the college life. This year there were four separate tracks: a middle school track, high school track, G.R.A.D track, and mother track. We asked girls during the summit what they love about being in Con Mi MADRE.

participant “Con Mi MADRE has taught me that I cannot succeed alone, and that my parents are a big part of my life.”

- Melody

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“Being in Con Mi MADRE has brought me out of my shell because it lets me do a lot of fun activities with a lot of other girls.”

- Tara

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“Con Mi MADRE helps Latinas with their education and it keeps us active, while learning new things.”

- Yadira

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“This program helps me spend more time with my mom because we go to conferences and volunteer in the community together.”

- Stephanie

I Live Here, I Give Here…Amplify AUSTIN!

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Can you imagine how $1 million could change the Austin community?

Well, pretty soon you may see this turn into a reality!

Amplify Austin is Austin’s first community-wide giving festival and they are challenging our local community to raise $1 million in 24 hours. That’s right $1 million in ONE DAY.

The results of this campaign can do wonders for ATX as well as our local non-profits.

Here’s why:

Starting on March 4th at 7PM, the website AmplifyATX.org will be turned into a giving site where you can search for a non-profit that you love by name (or by any nonprofit whose cause you support). At that time you can donate any amount you want to the non-profit. Remember, every donation—no matter what size—counts.

Then, not only will donations be matched, but every hour Amplify Austin will give out $1,000 to the nonprofits that generate the most dollars or donors!

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This could really help the missions of nonprofits like Con Mi MADRE, and we are proud to say we are a part of the Amplify Austin campaign. Look for us on March 4th until the end of the campaign on March 5th at 7PM.

We’re hoping to make an impact to help increase the representation of Latina girls in higher education as well as building a stronger bi-lingual workforce in the Austin community.

Help us continue our tradition of success in our beloved ATX!

Thanksgiving with Latino Flair

Being a Latino in the US makes for a unique experience growing up. It means shifting between an English-speaking world and a Spanish-speaking one almost seamlessly. It means being a part of two cultures, each with its own set of traditions, cuisine, history and values. A Latino life, quite simply, is a fusion in more ways than one.

Thanksgiving is one holiday coming up where we see this fusion of cultures, where a little Latino flair is sometimes added to what is traditionally known as an American holiday. In the US, it’s not strange to see Hispanic families place pumpkin flan, pumpkin empanadas, or calabaza de tacha on the Thanksgiving table to celebrate this special holiday of family and hope. In fact, society is starting to take notice. Just take a look at this infographic, courtesy of Hispanically Speaking News, on how Thanksgiving is celebrated in Hispanic households.

Does it ring true for your household? Is there a Latin twist to your Thanksgiving table? If you would like to add a little Latin cuisine to your Dia del Pavo, click on the link below to view a video for a simple pumpkin flan recipe that’s delicious and healthy.

Pumpkin Flan Recipe