Links & Books


Library resources for Girls, Teens and Parents:

KQED's Latino Heritage
This fun site includes crossword puzzles, lesson plans and resources surrounding "My American Girls." The crossword puzzle is about Latinos in the United States and includes brief essays on people like César Chávez, Luis Valdez and Dolores Huerta. Lesson plans are developed for use with the film and explore the immigrant experience, living between two worlds and the Dominican Republic.

Delve Deeper
This is a suggested listing of fiction and nonfiction books, videos, and web sites offering more information on topics ranging from multicultural and identity issues to health, sports, and issues related to raising teens and daughters. Delve Deeper into Resources for Girls, Teens, and Parents is produced in collaboration with BOOKLIST, the review journal of theAmerican Library Association (ALA).

Organizations supporting The MY AMERICAN GIRLS High Impact Television Campaign:

The ASPIRA Association promotes the empowerment of the Puerto Rican andLatino community by developing and nurturing the leadership, intellectual and cultural potential of its youth so that they may contribute their skills and dedication to the fullest development of the Puerto Rican and Latino community everywhere. While still mainly a Puerto Rican organization, it now reaches out to include all Latinos and a significant group of non-Latinos throughout the United States. Presently, ASPIRA serves over 25,000 students each year in over 400 schools, through its core activity, the ASPIRA Clubs. ASPIRA provides leadership training, career and college counseling, financial aid, scholarship assistance, educational advocacy, cultural activities and, most importantly, continuing opportunities to implement community action projects.

MANA: A National Latina Organization
MANA, A National Latina Organization, is a nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1974. Its mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development and community action. MANA fulfills its mission through programs designed to develop the leadership skills of Latinas, promote community service by Latinas and provide Latinas with advocacy opportunities. Support for these programs is derived from members, corporations, foundations and government grants. A HITV National Partner.

The 4-H National Council
National 4-H Council's mission is to advance the 4-H youth development movement to build a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change. 4-H is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States with more than 6.8 million participants and more than 610,595 youth and adult volunteers working directly and indirectly with youth. Universally recognized by its four-leaf clover emblem, 4-H serves youth through a variety of methods including organized clubs, school-enrichment groups, special interest groups, individual study programs, camps, school-age child care programs and instructional television programs.

The National Hispanic Institute
The National Hispanic Institute's primary work is to provide high achieving Latino youth in high school and college with key learning experiences that hone their skills as future leaders in the Latino community. Among the most distinguishing characteristics of the NHI is in the kind of work it conducts and the manner in which youth are trained. Students are prepared for the eventualities of leadership in the Latino community once they become fully developed adults. The Institute's training focus is on guiding its participants to see themselves as social architects responsible for shaping the future Latino world. To achieve these ends, they are constantly challenged intellectually, emotionally and culturally to critically review their readiness to enter the world as leaders. A HITV National Partner.

These educational and girls' organizations offer additional resources of interest to parents and students alike:

Colleges and Universities
The website 50states.Com includes basic information on the 50 states (mottos,flowers, birds, nicknames and dates of entry into the union). It is also a great site for people just beginning to explore options in higher education.It is easy to navigate, since the links to all the colleges and universities in America are arranged alphabetically by state.

FastWeb lets students create a personalized profile that can be matched against their databases of colleges and scholarships. The website seeks to aid students in making the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college and finding jobs during and after college.

Girls Inc.
The focus of this site is to help girls become strong, smart and bold.The site includes girls' bill of rights, tips for parents on raising financially savvy girls and more. Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. develops research-based informal education programs that encourage
girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention and sports participation.

The National Parent Teacher Association
National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in theUnited States. It is a not-for-profit association comprised of parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities . The organization seeks to represent the interests of youths and children in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. The National PTA also works to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

The Young Women's Christian Association
The YWCA is the oldest and largest women's membership movement in theUnited States. Three hundred and thirteen YWCAs operate across the country, representing two million women, girls and their families. The movement's mission, to empower women and girls and to eliminate racism, is the guiding principle for all YWCA child care, shelter, health, fitness and social justice programs.