Show Up: How to Give to the Sacramento Community

Admittedly, I’m a bit of a solo-rider and prefer to work alone, but I’m also a sucker for great teamwork. We all have strengths and weaknesses, this is what makes teamwork so grand. It feels amazing to contribute to something you care about knowing that even if the contribution might seem small to you, will make a difference, is needed, and is appreciated. 🙌

I don’t have a lot of money or time to give, but I can definitely give of my knowledge and experience… especially to something that was once so cherished in our community. This is why I serve on the board of directors for Festival de la Familia! The past is in the past, I’m doing my part so Festival can have a future. 

Support what you care about… no matter how small you think your contribution may be. You might be amazed by just how much of an asset you can be. * Insert shameless Chicas Latinas de Sacramento plug here. 👈  Whatever cause, event, or organization is close to your heart… I urge you to simply show up for them.

Last night Festival wrapped up its final board meeting of the year and we are excited for 2016. It’s great to see the progress that has been made in the last few months and our members are looking forward to conducting another round of board interviews on January 7th. Good things are coming!

If you’re interested in joining Festival de la Familia‘s board, a committee, or volunteering at Festival, please contact us: festivaldelafamilia.org/ | Board application

Festival de la Familia is making a 2017 return!

Read all about it in Vida en el Valle:

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Thank you to all who joined our #Network4Cause event in September:

On that note… I’ve had way too many 12+hr. workdays this week. Here’s to the freak’n weekend! Happy Friday friends.
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#GivingTuesday How you can help Chicas Latinas de Sacramento!

🌟 With every donation, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento gets closer to having a home to call our own. 🌟

If you like what you see from Chicas Latinas and would like to see us continue our mission of working and giving in the community, please give on #GivingTuesday!!! Love and passion can only get us so far, we NEED the community’s support to strive… and secure an office space!

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Check out our “Year in Review,” we made some great accomplishments in 2015!

Chicas Latinas, 2015 Year in Review! 

Real-talk: I made the decision to turn my, then 3 year old, community organization into a nonprofit in 2012 because it was TOO big for me. I needed a board, I needed funds, I needed help… I needed the community. Our membership was larger than I could handle, the volunteer requests were coming from every direction, and the demand for Latina leaders in the community was far too great to fulfill on my own. At the time, both personal and Chicas resources were depleted – but I pushed through with the belief that the/our community would support what it wanted, needed, and was asking for. I needed the community, because it was clear that the community needed us. I’ve always had issues “asking,” but today I’m asking… not for me, not even for Chicas Latinas, but for what we represent in our community. A shift in Latin@ culture and identity in Sacramento. A culture, and future, of volunteerism, civic engagement, and Latina leadership.

Please consider donating this #GivingTuesday (and beyond) to help us reach our goal! Learn more about our GoFundMe campaign: 

👉 https://www.gofundme.com/HelpChicasLatinas 👈

Thank you for your continued support!

Free Sacramento Nonprofit Social Media Workshop, Presented by Angela Rosas

I’ve been M.I.A., I know.

Backstory: See what happened was, I was nominated for this national award (Coors Light Líderes of the Year). Both myself and Chicas Latinas de Sacramento were a bit overwhelmed…

The good news, I’m back to flying under the radar and doing the things I love… like teaching and presenting! Did I mention I used to be a Marketing and Social Media consultant?

Over these last few months, I’ve received numerous requests for social media training from our #Network4Cause sponsored organizations. It didn’t take me long to convince Eric that we should hold a free workshop for Sacramento nonprofits at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff. Actually, it didn’t take any convincing at all and I couldn’t be more excited to see another dream come to fruition.

Dearest Sacramento area nonprofits, please join me at…

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Free Workshop: New Year, New Nonprofit Social Media Strategy! 

Register early, space is limited: www.n4csocialmediaworkshop.eventbrite.com

Instruction provided by Angela Rosas, Marketing and Business Development Coordinator for Eric Ratinoff, creator of Eric Ratinoff’s #Network4Cause, and founder of nonprofit, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento.

And because it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t…
Get Involved with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento:

Join Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Board of Directors: http://bit.ly/ChicasLatinasBoardApp
Or a Committee: http://bit.ly/ChicasLatinasCommitteeApp

Growing Up Latina in Sacramento: Education, I went to High School (sometimes)

The Angela diaries: Once upon a time I was in High School.

It wasn’t for me. I was too damn smart for my own good (according to both parents and teachers, alike). I was bored. I was the annoying kid who wanted to learn, but instead I disappeared. I didn’t do my work, I barely went to class, I shocked my teachers when I turned in research papers (they were a hobby of mine and always very well done), I goofed off a lot, I got in trouble sometimes, yet I aced exams and I graduated as a mediocre student, with mediocre grades, and with a mediocre future.

Cold chill’n. 

I was recently reminded of the National Teen Leadership Program by a Chicas Latinas de Sacramento member, when she asked if I could put a volunteer opportunity of theirs on our calendar. Until this moment, I had totally forgot — I went to NTLP in High School! (Volunteer opportunity is on the calendar  – Aug. 2nd volunteer date, deadline July 25.)

In high school, a kid in my graduating class had to drop-out from attending the conference and someone recommended that I take their place. ME. I forget who recommended me, probably a teacher who received a research project of mine. I remember the counselors being very reluctant about sending me: this brown girl who liked to ditch and was sitting comfortably on a 2.0 grade point average. I went through the interview process and they surprisingly sent me away to the conference. I can’t say it was a life changing experience in that moment, but overtime, definitely. 

I do believe that it is our responsibility to provide our children with opportunities, to give them new experiences, discover what inspires them, advocate for education equality, but most importantly — NEVER GIVE UP TRYING — regardless of where they’ve been, where they’re at, and where YOU think they’re headed. You can’t change your path unless you’re aware that other paths exist, especially as a child.

Someone took a chance on me, I was given a unique opportunity and shown a different path. I’m fully aware of what I looked like on paper, but that was not who I was — I’m beyond thankful that there were people in my life who took notice and took action.

Today I am blessed to be in a position to advocate on behalf of Sacramento’s youths. I’ve learned about so many great programs over the years and support them when I can. Enter perfect opportunity to support… 

This Thursday Eric Ratinoff’#Network4Cause will benefit Breakthrough Sacramento. If you’re not familiar with this program, I invite you to join us!

Free Registration: http://bit.ly/network4causebreakthrough

Breakthrough Sacramento is a public-private partnership providing a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for academically motivated, ethnically diverse students from under-resourced schools in the Sacramento area.

92% of Breakthrough Sacramento graduates attend college directly after graduation, as opposed to 34% of low-income students nationally and only 29% in the Sacramento area.

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento: 5 Year Anniversary Speech by Angela Rosas

On May 18th, we celebrated the five year anniversary of my nonprofit organization, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento. Today I was inspired to share the speech I gave (also known as “my novel”), as I needed a reminder as to why I do, what I do.

Today, Chicas Latinas is underfunded. In fact, we’re not funded at all. Now that we have over five solid years of service and our 501(c)3 status, I’m ready for this to change.

I believe in what we’re doing. Here’s why: 

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento: 5 Years Later

– Speech by Angela Rosas, Founder & CEO Chicas Latinas de Sacramento

 May 18, 2014, Sacramento – Welcome and thank you for joining us at Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s 5 year Anniversary Dinner. Five Years ago 15 women met here at Zocalo for happy hour. I had a simple idea to unite Latinas for two reasons; to inspire volunteerism in the community and explore our Latin cultures (something that was missing in my own life).

What happened was something unexpected, here we are five years later with a 501(c)3 nonprofit status, a board of directors, 200 volunteers, various committees, and amazing community support. The truth is, I didn’t mean for this to happen. I had no intention of founding a nonprofit.

I’m often asked, “What exactly does your organization do?” For me this is a very hard question to answer — I started without a mission, without a plan, without a destination — I saw a void and I filled it. We did what needed to be done and we did a lot! I even struggled with whom my organization was serving. We were serving through volunteer cultivation, giving in a very grassroots manner, supporting business which supported our culture, and spreading culturally diverse opportunities and experiences to the community. But on the other hand, I saw the women who joined Chicas Latinas; I witnessed their personal transformations, growth and literally saw women turn into leaders. Imagine how hard it was to form a mission statement for Chicas Latinas de Sacramento.

Today… Our mission is to make a positive impact in both the Latin and Sacramento community by improving, connecting and embracing our culture and the community in which we call our home. (By… giving back, utilizing our people and our culture to educate, inspire, and lead.)

This mission is long, and despite being on point, it’s also very vague and it doesn’t come close to capturing all we truly do for the community. Our true mission, in my opinion, is to love. What I’ve learned along this journey is that Latinas = Love and in Love is great power and strength.

I gave an interview not too long ago, I was asked who my “LADY MENTOR was GROWING UP?” My response: “I come from a family of strong women. Women, who were dealt some tough cards, never folded, but instead learned card tricks, and taught me that I too can be a magician.”

You’ll never read about my great-grandmother, grandmother, or mother in history books… but these women were and are powerful forces. Even on the days we had nothing, we seemed to have everything. Show them an obstacle, they’ll show you 10 different ways around it.

When Latinas give out of love, obstacles do not exist. We LOVE our community. We LOVE our culture — even more so, we LOVE our families and the future of our families — this is why Chicas Latinas de Sacramento is still here five years later without staff or funding, obstacles do not exist for us, they do not exist for me. We are working to build a healthy community and cultural identity that will support our families. In doing so, we’re also building healthy families which will further support a healthy community and culture for generations to come.

As I watch the next generation of Latinos mature, I see them struggle with similar growing-pains and identity-crises my generation struggled from. Our youth continue to be split into 2 major directions: incarceration and military, as the words “higher-education” remain luxury words for many. Unfortunately, we live in a time when policy criminalizes poverty and over generations this has become not only normalized, but a culture within itself.

This simply needs to change. I try my best to steer away from political discussions, especially when concerning Chicas Latinas – red tape and I do not go well together, as I have a history of taking matters into my own hands. The system as it is does not support me, my family, or our future – for this reason, I feel civic engagement is worth mentioning here.

There is something amazing Chicas Latinas helped me discover about philanthropy and volunteer cultivation. When people get involved in their community and serve, awareness happens. Awareness to the issues and challenges in our community and the awareness of the power just ONE individual can have. This is why volunteering is so important, yes we’re helping, but we’re inspiring awareness and civic engagement within our members and their families. We’re proving how powerful and valuable every individual can be – regardless of ethnicity, gender, class, or education level. Chicas Latinas members are aware, they’re leaders, they’re leading out of love, and they’re inspiring others in their own communities and families to give and to discover their value and role in our community.

Philanthropy leads to civic engagement. This is where change happens. It happens with us: Chicas Latinas of Sacramento, as we feed the homeless, volunteer at women’s shelters, tuck-in children for their naps at crisis shelters, rebuild homes for vets, counsel victims of assault, work with the youth… work with each other.

I want to personally thank my members and supporters for continuing to inspire me. I’m here before you, five years later, we didn’t have much then — we don’t have much now, yet each one of you have contributed something amazing that has kept me and this organization going. I often say that passion can only get us so far, but I continue down this path, because I know Latinas are magicians. We love our community, we’ve discovered our voice and our power, and we’re learning new magic tricks every day.

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, for this I thank you; you give me hope that change is possible and we’re possible. Here’s to another five years of inspiring, leading, and magic tricks.

(PDF of Speech: CL 5 YR ARosas)

 

 

Low Tire Pressure: Dresses and Skirts are the Leading Cause of Sexual Assaults

Low Tire Pressure and Sexual Assault Awareness: 

Weird headline, right? Hear me out on this one…

Last week an indicator light lit up in my car to inform me that my car’s tire pressure was low. My first two thoughts, my car is a nag and I really dislike putting air in my tires. So I ignored it.

The other day I had a friend in my car and I explained why the light is still on and why it will stay on until I get my car serviced. It’s not because I prefer to be waited on like a princess (although that would be OK). It’s not because I don’t know how to check the air in my tires or put air in them, I know how – and I don’t mind doing it. What I don’t like is being vulnerable, for that long, at a gas station, by myself, as a female.

My dad used to give me grief for not spending more time at the gas station, tending to the delicate needs of my ride; checking the water, oil, filters, and tires. One day I told him that when he becomes a 20-something year old, female, alone at a gas station… then he can give me grief. Until that moment, he hadn’t realized sexual harassment was real to me or that my fear was real. He doesn’t know that I walk to my car and home with a key in-between the knuckles of my hand. He doesn’t know, because he’s a “him” and not a “her.”

Discussing unwanted crude cat-calls, threats, or stranger gropings isn’t a regular topic around the family dinner table. And disclosures might lead to the suggestion of wearing a potato-sack when leaving the  house… because everyone knows that dresses and skirts are the leading cause of assaults.

In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 2 women have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives. Many Victims do not Disclose Sexual Violence. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims do not tell the police, family, or friends about the violence. http://www.cdc.gov/features/sexualviolence/

This is why I’m against putting air in my tires (by myself) and why I’m a huge fan of WEAVE Inc.’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes annual event, held during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge of literally walking a mile in high-heels, take a moment to acknowledge that the fear of SA is a part of my life, and probably a part of the lives of the women around you, learn about the issues, be an advocate for the women in your life and please support great organizations like WEAVE Inc.

WEAVE is committed to breaking the cycle of violence by educating the community to better understand the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, and spearheads campaigns, events, and activities for Sacramento County for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. These awareness month campaigns include activities like Jeans for Justice Day and Women Take Back the Night. Learn more: http://www.weaveinc.org/prevention-education

Side-note: I’m so happy that Kershaw, Cutter, & Ratinoff is participating in #WAM2014 on Sunday, April 27.

Check out Eric Ratinoff’s 2011 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes video below, and learn about the event: http://weaveinc.donorpages.com/WalkaMile2014/EricRatinoff/

Chicas Latinas’ Board of Director positions are NOW OPEN!

FYI – We’re extending Chicas Latinas de Sacramento the Board of Director Application Deadline through April!!! Deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.

Also, committee descriptions can be found at: http://chicaslatinasdesacramento.org/contact-2/join-chicas-latinas-sacramento-committee/

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Blog

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Board positions are now open! Applications are out. Completed applications and resumes are due by March 31, 2014.

For more information please email or use the form below: info@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org.

After your application and resume are reviewed, you will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

Download PDF Application: ChicasBoardApplication

Please return application to:  Chicas Latinas de Sacramento 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818

Questions? 

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