Meet our Panelist: Christian Avila, National Civic Engagement Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota

83f3367e-706c-4f10-805a-88d2b1739a03Christian Avila is the National Civic Engagement Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota, a national non-profit organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. Through his work with Mi Familia Vota, Christian has had the opportunity to attend the President’s State of the Union Address as First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest. Mr. Avila came to the United States when he was nine years old from Mexico and now spends his time working to increase public support for full civic participation in Latino and immigrant communities.
Collectivo is committed to giving you access to engage with some of the best and brightest the valley of the sun has to offer. We are thrilled to have Christian on board to share his unique perspective on the importance of engaging the Latino vote this election year!

More Details: 
September 21 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 4745 N 7th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ. 85014

Mingle, eat great food and enjoy craft beer with your friends at Collectivo! RSVP for this great event!

Your Voice Matters in the 2016 Primary Elections!

3004595893_cd96feac42_oThe Primary Elections are an additional opportunity to take part in the process of choosing who our next batch of leaders will be. This is a crucial step in determining each candidates final platform, and allows us as citizens to get a better sense of who each candidate is, what they stand for, and what they will do to serve our communities. Through this voting cycle the final General Election candidates are selected who will then vie for your vote come November 8, 2016.

You may think your one vote makes little difference…but when you add your voice to the thousands, millions, of others, then just like a down pour of raindrops, the collective voice (vote) can manifest a flood of change. Here’s to helping make tomorrow better than today!

Join us to learn more about Getting Out the Latino Vote!

What: Non-partisan panel discussion on what is happening locally and nationally to get out the Latino vote.
When: September 21 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Where: Big Brothers Big Sisters: 4745 N 7th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ. 85014

Join us, mingle, eat great food and enjoy craft beer with your friends at Collectivo! RSVP for this great event!

Meet our panelist: James Garcia, Director of Communications & Strategic Public Policy for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

639a4dca-969e-4901-8567-198a926d641fJames Garcia is a journalist, playwright and a Valley-based media and communications consultant. He is the director of Communications and Strategic Public Policy for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the owner of Creative Vistas Media. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and television and radio commentator. He was the founding editor of Latino PerspectivesMagazine in Phoenix; the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, the Valley’s National Public Radio affiliate; and the first Latino editor of a major alternative news weekly in the U.S., the San Antonio Current. Mr. Garcia also has taught ethnic studies, Latino politics and creative and journalistic writing courses at Arizona State University. An accomplished playwright and theater producer, James is the founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co., which stages Latino and multicultural works. He is the author of more than 30 plays and he dabbles in acting and directing. His most recent works include “Land of a Thousand Dances”, “Mallecho”, and “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Raul H. Castro” (Arizona’s only ever Hispanic governor). His media consulting clients have included Mesa Public Schools, the Smithsonian Institution, One Arizona, Promise Arizona, the Arizona Opera, Gina’s Team, the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, the family of former Arizona Gov. Raul H. Castro, and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona.

Collectivo is committed to giving you access to engage with some of the best and brightest the valley of the sun has to offer. We are thrilled to have James on board to share his unique perspective on the importance of engaging the Latino vote this election year!

More Details: 
September 21 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 4745 N 7th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ. 85014

Mingle, eat great food and enjoy craft beer with your friends at Collectivo!

RSVP for this great event!

Getting Out the Latino Vote: Meet Panelist Stephanie Parra!

c3ES_daxMeet Panelist Stephanie Parra, Governing Board Member for the Phoenix Union High School District

Stephanie Parra became a Board Member in January, 2015. She began her career in children’s justice, and saw how education can transform life opportunities for children. As one of the first in her family to attend college,Parra holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from ASU. A first-generation American citizen, Stephanie was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and is a product of Arizona public schools. She is passionate about ensuring every student in Arizona receives an excellent education and is adequately prepared to succeed in college, career and life.

Collectivo is committed to giving you access to engage with some of the best and brightest the valley of the sun has to offer. We are thrilled to have Stephanie on board to share her unique perspective on the importance of engaging the Latino vote this election year!

More Details: 
September 21 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 4745 N 7th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ. 85014

Mingle, eat great food and enjoy craft beer with your friends at Collectivo!

RSVP for this great event!

Getting Out the Latino Vote

Get Latinos to the polls! 2016 is going to be a historic election year since the Latino vote is stronger than ever. But will Latinos go to the polls this November? 

Just in Arizona, there are 992,000 Hispanic eligible voters. But will they go to the polls? This non-partisan panel discussion will highlight what local and national organizations are doing to get out the Latino vote. – Sep 21, 2016. 

RSVP here for this important educational event.

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Get Email Updates for the Next Latino Blogger Workshop!

Hello all!

As you may know, last year, we launched our Latino Bloggers Workshop and we had an huge outpouring of support, including a culmination event this past May to celebrate our graduates from the first class!

Now we are preparing for our next Latino Bloggers Workshop and would love to personally invite you to sign up to receive information about our application dates for the new program.

Simply drop us your email using the form below and we will sign you up. Thanks!

Meet our Panelists: New Latino Influencers

Gloria Martinez-Casillas: 
Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico Gloria moved to the U.S. when she was 8 years old and is a proud DREAMer, mother, and wife. She has been creating beautiful jewelry since high school and is now part of the local artist’s group, The Phoenix Fridas. Deeply inspired by her Mexican roots and culture, she loves to use bright eye catching colors in her work. Not afraid of a challenge, her favorite material happens to be seed beads; check out all of her work via her blog today!

Connect with Gloria and check out her jewelry artistry via:

 
Maira Garcia:

We’ve all heard about having a bucket list, well Maira is well on her way to ensuring she crosses everything off her list! As a Systems Engineer for Honeywell Aerospace she gets to work on fast and sleek jets like the G6. When she’s not working she loves to travel, try new food, hike, cook, and adventure all across Arizona and beyond. She’s drunk Guinness in Ireland, eaten at the original Chipotle in Denver, started a trending topic on LinkedIn, delivered a keynote address at a UofA Engineering event, & hiked the tallest peak in Arizona. Up next on her list, officiating a friends wedding this summer! Get inspired by Maira’s lust for living life to the fullest by following her blog!

Connect with Maira and get enthusiastic about life via:
Blogwww.EnthusiasticAboutLife.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/enthusiasticaboutlifeblog/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/enthusiasticaboutlife
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/enthusiasticBL

 

Esther Marie Cerecedo: 
As a stay at home mother of 4, and self proclaimed super shy person, Esther has used blogging to come out of her shell and share budget friendly fashion tips with all who follow her. Thanks to a shoe obsession she started her online adventures, and has since become a Brand Ambassador for JustFab. She loves using Poshmark to sell her gently used clothing, shoes, and purses in turn purchasing from others to always keep her closet and style fresh! Check out her blog for more fun fashion tips!

Connect with Esther and her adventures in fashion via:

 

Will Medina:

Music enthusiast, constant concert goer, CD buyer, supporter of the arts, and fan of Arizona sunsets; Will Medina is all about the music! Back in the day Will would spend hours searching for new undiscovered talent and loved the feeling of sharing a new artist’s work with his friends. One of his greatest joys is helping others discover their new favorite artist. He has now taken his passion online to help all of his followers connect with new raw talent; while also helping to promote up and coming artists. Check out Will’s blog VeryVinyl for all your music needs! #VeryVinyl

Connect with Will and discover new local artists via:
Bloghttps://veryvinyl.net/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VeryVinylBlog
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/very_vinyl
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/very_vinyl

 

Thimetis “Timo” Molina: 
Our first featured blogger has a very personal story that has led her on her blogging journey. Timo started blogging to document her foodie journeys, progressively turning her writing into sharing recipes and the struggles she faced while trying to lose weight. 25 pounds down her health was still a concern, which is what inevitably made her adopt a gluten free diet. She is passionate about showcasing this way of life and cooking, and how quality ingredients can make gluten free cooking just as good as any other. If you can say “I can’t believe this is gluten free AND delicious!” then she has accomplished her goal.

Connect with Timo and her adventures in gluten free cooking via:

 

Sylvia Vasquez:

Our next blogger is originally from the Bay Area and is proud to call herself a Sun Devil. Bilingual Analyst by day and blogger by night, Sylvia created Fabulous Saturdays to share all the amazing experiences you can have in your own community. She likes to show her followers that you don’t have to leave the state to have travel experiences, nor do you need a big budget. If she’s not able to do some local travel she always shares small DIY projects or new things locally to showcase how all can have fabulous Saturdays!

Connect with Sylvia and follow her local adventures via:
Websitehttp://www.fabuloussaturdays.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FabulousSaturdays2016
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/syl187/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Syl187

 

Meet all of our First Class on May 18th!

Event Details: 
Wednesday May 18th: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Phoenix: 4745 N 7th Street, Suite 210,
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Join us, mingle, eat great food and enjoy craft beer with your friends atCollectivo! RSVP for this great event!

New Latino Influencers: The First Class

Last year Collectivo had a record-setting attendance at the Successful Latina Influencers Event. Following the event, we created the first Latino Blogger Bootcamp and signed up the first class. Join us to welcome Collectivo’s first 6 graduates from the Phoenix Latino Blogger Workshop as they share their blog creations.

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These 6 determined bloggers attended a four class workshop this February and learned from renowned influencers (and Phoenix native) Kathy Cano-Murillo, ‘The Crafty Chica’ the benefits of kickstarting a web site/blog, photos, graphics, social media platforms, monetizing, creative roadmapping, and more.

Hear their stories and find out in person how to become a part of the second class of Influencers to be a part of the Phoenix Latino Blogger Workshop next year.

RSVP: https://newinfluencers.splashthat.com