Latina “Foot Soldier” enables young women to attend college

After Rosie Molinary released her book, Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latinas, she noticed that young Latinas were lacking the support they needed to go to college and achieve their dreams.

That’s why in 2008, she created Circle de Luz, a nonprofit organization that begins working with girls in the seventh grade and follows them through high school graduation.

For her efforts and her help in the Latino community, Molinary was named this week’s “Foot Soldier” by the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC.

With the help of mentors, who donate $100 per year, Circle de Luz provides the girls with a minimum of a $5,000 scholarships and the support they need to attend college.

The program currently has 15 girls enrolled and is expected to take on 6 more girls by October.

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