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What Most Excites Me

I have one of the most exciting jobs ever! I have the honor of working in partnership with young Latinas who want to change the world for themselves and for other young women in their communities. What excites me most about Web 2.0 is that it provides the young women that I work with, with the tools and a platform, to broaden the scope of their work and the impact that they can have on other young women. Over the course of the past year, the girls have taken to intentionally utilizing the tools available via Web 2.0 to reach young people where they’re at – on the internet. The girls have taken to utilizing the Web 2.0 platform - social media outlets, digital media and social media - to share information and engage young women in conversations about the issues impacting their lives, all while creating and strengthening the social support networks of young women in our community.

Web 2.0 creates access for girls and women to have a role in a global initiative to bring information, resources and the leadership opportunities to get involved in addressing the issues that we are most passionate about. Web 2.0 creates opportunities for girls and women to lift up their voices – to be heard and validated. It allows girls and women to see the possibilities in their lives, increasing the number of chances available to them. Chances that provide possibilities to positive outcomes in their lives - a chance at having basic needs met a chance at leading violence free lives, a chance to access higher education and a chance at self-sufficiency. Web 2.0 is a vehicle by which we can influence the lives of girls and women in ways that lead to changes in circumstances and outcomes. It allows us to reach and support girls and women to become successful in a world that can often be cruel and unforgiving.

Through my work as a youth practitioner, I work to intentionally increase young Latinas’ activism and advocacy by providing opportunities for them to become community leaders and to take action on the issues that matter most to them, their peers and families. Web 2.0 provides me the tools to work towards empowering young women to build an investment in ending violence against women and girls, addressing other critical community issues, and in building and supporting community networks of young women to address community issues. Web 2.0 has empowered me by increasing my ability to support young Latinas in their leadership, by increasing my ability to mentor and by increasing my reach in providing access to supports and resources that will help them live successful and healthy lives free of violence.

Comments

Zoepiliafas's picture

Gracias

Hola Lumarie,

I used to work with young Latina girls in a program called Ella. Young people always wanted to explore their world through social networking. It is fascinated to think that issues on immigration, education and womens issues happening in New Mexico by Latinas can be told 1st hand to other Latina's in other parts of the country or world. Web 2.0 truly is transforming our ability to communicate and organize!

Thanks for writing, I look forward to your next piece.

Regards,

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager
World Pulse

Katalina's picture

Good Work!

I'm impressed with the work you are doing for women. It's great to hear about your work and how web 2.0 is helping make it possible. Your story is very moving, so glad to hear about all that you are doing.

Cheers,

Katalina

adeakins's picture

Noble Indeed

Wonderful work! I am glad to see that you are helping to provide young women with tools that will enable them to empower themselves and help spread their stories.

Thanks,

Aaron

Jensine's picture

Opening doors for girls

Querida LumarieO

I am inspired by your obvious commitment and dedication to girls in your community - they have a powerful champion in you. Everything you have gained through web 2.0 I see you turning around and generously sharing with them, and vice versa! It's a beautiful circle with much abundance. Thank you for your voice!

Love,

Jensine Larsen
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