Dia de Los Muertos

Many will be celebrating Halloween tonight, but there’s another holiday just around the corner: Dia de Los Muertos.

Dia de Los Muertos is a two day celebration beginning on November 1st. On this day, Dia de los Inocentes, all children who passed away are remembered by their loved ones.  November 2nd, Dia de Los Muertos, honors all adults. However, the remeberance of those who have passed are not done so in mourning. Instead, they are remembered in celebration!

It is common for families to decorate their deceased loves ones’ tombstones, called ofrendas. These are small, personal altars honoring a loved one. These ofrendas may be decorated with flowers, candles, food, drinks, photographs, and special mementos. It is said that lighting candles is a way for loved ones to find their way back home.

Dia de Los Muertos originated in Mexico almost 3,00 years ago yet, many other countries around the world celebrate their past loved ones in a similar way.

The celebrations are all about having fun and reminiscing the good times. Just check out how lively and festive the altar below is decorated!

To find out more about this special holiday and join in on the celebration of life and death, check out some great events going on in Austin:

Share with us your favorite Dia de Los Muertos traditions, we’d love to hear about them!

IMG_0796.JPGThis altar was decorated by Pilar Cruz, a Con Mi MADRE mom.


Con Mi MADRE Celebrations

The month of October has been full of celebrations for Con Mi MADRE!

We celebrated Will’s birthday, our Director of Finance.

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We also celebrated Karla’s birthday, our Program Director.

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Con Mi MADRE’s Lead Program Coordinator, Karen will be a madre herself next month! Karen will be welcoming baby Karlie November 22nd. We helped welcome Karlie this month by throwing Karen a surprise baby shower.

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Here is what Karen had to say about becoming a mother:

“Becoming a mother is a very exciting chapter for me. It is something me, my husband, and our family are looking forward to since Karlie will be the first grand baby on both sides. It will be an amazing journey for everyone and we are all very excited to meet our little one.

I don’t know how Karlie will be, or what she will look like but I am already very much in LOVE with the idea of being her mother. Also, Karlie will be born into a huge family of girls, almost all of my female cousins on my maternal side have either gone through the Con Mi MADRE Program (including myself)  or are currently in it. I hope this is a tradition that I can share with my daughter in the far future.”

Congratulations Karen!

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Pursuing Your Dreams Abroad

Recently, a Con Mi MADRE Success student left the U.S. to study Business in France. Kimberly Falcon, a senior at Texas State University is currently living her dream in Clermont-Ferrand, France. If you’ve ever thought about studying abroad, here’s a personal testimony from Kimberly to encourage your decision.

“Have you ever dreamed of visiting Paris and going to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Have you ever wanted to try real French food and travel across Europe? I shared all those dreams and decided to learn French in school. Starting college I wanted to study abroad in France because I wanted to perfect my French. I started taking more than five courses a semester at Texas State University and took summer courses as well. After a vigorous three years of nonstop courses, and one internship, I decided it was time to follow my dreams of studying abroad. Con Mi Madre’s GRAD coordinator Karla Leon gave me one piece of advice that helped me decide to study abroad rather than graduate early. I remember perfectly that she said to take the time to study abroad because you will later regret it in life. I knew I wanted to go abroad, but I was scared of traveling in a foreign country with no friends and knowing little French. Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Granillo was also a great influence to me as I remember her talk at the 2014 Spring Conference about not being afraid to leave home. I took a chance and applied to the France Business School. I couldn’t believe that after getting accepted my whole world would change in a matter of months. My dreams are now a reality as I am studying International Business Management in Clermont-Ferrand, France. My dreams of visiting Paris also came true and I also hope to travel on breaks. My one piece of advice to you is to take a risk and do not be afraid to explore the world.


Kimberly P. Falcon”


“Ready, Set, Go,” 2014 Fall Conference

This past Saturday, September 13th, Con Mi MADRE held its first Fall Conference of the year for our middle and high school families. The “Ready, Set, Go” conference was a collaborative effort between Con Mi MADRE and AISD’s Hispanic Futures Program to discuss important topics that would make our families start the school year off right! Students had the opportunity to learn about study tips, how to dress for success, dating tips and bullying. The parents workshops included healthy relationships, how to deal with bullying, and social media protection.

We were lucky enough to have 16 fabulous presenters at this conference, including our main keynote speaker, Rebecca Contreras. We also had another very special guest stop by, the interim superintendent: Dr. Paul Cruz!

IMG_0061rebcontrerasRebecca Contreras, Keynote Speaker

We would like to thank all of our partners, including The City of Austin and Austin Energy, as well as our presenters for showing leadership in our community. Thank you to Bedicheck Middle School for letting us use their facilities and to our 189 participants who attended the conference!


Rebecca Contreras, Dr. Teresa Granillo, Mr. Edmund Oropez, Raul Alvarez, Karla Salas


Ramon Gomez leading team building activities

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!

Mother-Daughter teams checking in for Orientation.

New 6th grade participants. Class of 2021!

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.


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