Austin’s only bilingual tech nonprofit launches Innovation Center for Youth this Friday
Latinitas’ New East Side Office and Innovation Lab at Springdale General’s Center for Social Innovation Kicks Off With an Open House and Ribbon Cutting
Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization with chapters and programs in El Paso, McAllen, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Texas, and, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and soon the San Francisco Bay area, empowers all girls to innovate using media and technology.
Sixteen years old and 30,000 girls served since, Latinitas is securing a pipeline of diverse voices to the digital media and technology sectors with after-school clubs, camps, conferences and workshops focused on teaching girls the latest in 21st century technologies from podcasting, filmmaking, and web design, to virtual and augmented reality, coding, 3D printing and robotics in the context of gender and culture.
Latinitas’ move to Springdale General’s Center for Social Innovation provides increased office space for a staff which has tripled since 2017 and an area for Latinitas’ first coding school sponsored by the KLE Foundation, Studio Latinitas – a 360 filmmaking and virtual reality production space – and the re-launch of Latinitas magazine’s teen reporter program.
The site’s open house will be held on Friday where Latinitas will be joined by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting. Sponsors for the invitation-only event include Oracle and Google Fiber. Food and beverages will be provided by Capital Distributing, Joe’s Bakery and Papalote tacos, with music by MariaBloom.
Notable guests include GAHCC President Luis Rodriguez, Christopher Rios, who serves as president of the GAHCC Board of Directors; Paul Cruz, superintendent of Austin ISD; and, school board trustee Cindy Anderson.