My.LosTweens starts vlogging!
I was recently invited by my amiga Natalie Boden in Miami to see the launch of a wonderful new program being presented by Coca Cola for Latino and urban youth across key communities nationally: Coca-Cola Club Balón Rojo. The program provides youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs in cities being visited by the Mexican National Team, with the chance to serve as ball-kids and participate in an educational workshop to better their skils and futures.
It was the first time that I went to a program with my tween daughters to directly obtain their feedback and ideas. They are quickly becoming blogger/reporters themselves- so much fun watching them blossom!
I enjoyed seeing what interests them at this ‘special age’ and what activities caught their attention. The highlight was meeting Fernando Fiore of Univision and futbol fame @FernandoFiore. Just hearing his voice with the ‘goallllll’ was too much fun! Since I’m always seeking ‘cultural moments’ that help me continue helping my girls develop their “media Latina” identity- this was a great opportunity!
I hadn’t been to the Miami Boys & Girls Club facility in several years- it’s a wonderfully, well maintained facility offering a safe after-school program solution for many Latino and urban families. The kids seemed to be enjoying themselves as parents kept coming in for pick-up time.
The kids quickly took to the field- boys AND GIRLS I noticed! They were led in a ‘clinic’ style learning class by futbol playing legend Marcelo Balboa.
I’m glad I attended on behalf of LosTweens and Hispanicize as we get to know brands that are creating Latino-inspired community programs with an emphasis on communicating information about them via social media channels and blogs. As a mother of tween twins who are very active- I know first hand that sports- and Team sports– are such a terrific learning opportunity aside from the obvious physical benefits.
Be sure to watch for the clinics as they travel to a Boys & Girls club in your community- tour cities include …Houston, New York (May 27), Chicago (May 31st), Dallas (June 3rd). The age emphasis for the program does hover around our Tweens (7-12 year olds) or early teens- so check it out!
If you or a family member or amiga are able to attend- please take photos and video to share with us. And if your tween participates and would like to report about their experience- nos encantaria- we would love it! Please submit any content via our Submission Form
Saludos– Cristy, Sophia & Olivia
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.