By Evan Michael
The holidays have always been one of my favorite times of the year.
Growing up we would celebrate Hanukkah by lighting the candles, exchanging gifts, and taking family trips. I remember several years lighting the candles at home, then at Disney World, and a few times even while skiing in the northeast. Those are fond memories. However, the memories that stick out the most are the years spent with my Mom, Grandpa Ralph and Trudy.
One of my greatest childhood holiday memories with them is the first time I saw it snow. For a kid from Florida who loves to snowboard and ski, when I think about snow it reminds me of those memories and always brings a smile to my face!
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.