Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit a couple of Latinitas after school. I'm working a story right now that benefits from some personal insight from these girls.
I didn't know what to expect, joining in with the girls. I've never been a part of this Latinitas program. I wondered if they'd be willing to work with me.
I don't know why I was so nervous! The girls were wonderful and really helpful.
It was an interesting experience for me because I've never interacted with younger sources as a journalist. I got there with this mindset of asking the tough questions and getting straight answers. Well, I'm glad the club leaders were there to help me formulate my questions appropriately for the girls. Their help made it easier to communicate with the girls effectively.
This was also really good practice for me, reporting-wise.
It was definitely a different experience than my usual reporting. I'm glad I was able to work with the girls. I hope I get to work with them again. They are great, smart and really understanding. They are all genuinely invested in the after school programs. They are also really honest and open to talking about anything. One of the girls mentioned cyberbullying and had advice from her friends and club leaders about positive body image and ignoring the people who are mean. I thought it was a great conversation, these girls are learning to deal with things that can affect them greatly in the future.
I hadn't realized how much these girls can benefit from Latinitas. I'm glad they have this program.