By: Carolina Pichardo
It’s suffice to say that never – from when we started this website – did we imagine being invited to the White House to discuss what we do for our community of young moms. However, that’s what happened when Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) invited us to the Top Bloguera Retreat in Washington, D.C.
It was an honor being there among such a group of elite writers and bloggers. It demonstrated that we were indeed on the right path with our mission. Fellow #TopBloguera, Ana Flores, wrote it best in her post The Power of Community Felt at The White House: “never did I think this passion would lead me to the steps of the White House.“
White House Mission
While at the White House, we heard from the top Latina in power, Assistant to the President and Director of Domestic Policy, Cecilia Muñoz. Mrs. Muñoz discussed the policies that POTUS has already passed and is currently working on, including the most revered, Dream Act.
Although many more issues were discussed, such as education and programs for families with autism and down syndrome, as well as summer programs for kids with the Let’s Move! Initiative propelled by Michelle Obama, the most prominent message was the one actually not discussed – of progress. Shout-out to Lisa Quinones-Fontanez of Autism Wonderland and Eliana Tardio for voicing their issues/concerns for children with special needs.
Despite all this, what mattered the most was that we were there.
Yes, we were all there representing the diversity in our Latin community, and demonstrating the great work we’ve all done as bloggers. We were there as a united message to the White House and our country, that we will continue to push forward and demand change.
Not Going to Be Easy
As young mothers, we recognize that it’s a challenge to raise children and still continue on our individual paths towards success. It takes a different mentality and child-rearing approach to raise our strong, independent and intelligent little leaders. They aren’t just kids – they’re YUM kids.
This is what we hope our trip to the White House was able to impart. Although there are a lot of stereotypes and stigma to being a young mother, we hope that our recognition as voices of this discussion/blogging fabric, will empower you to run for office, write letters to your government officials, work with your schools and community organizations to make things better.
Uchi Davidzon, chef extraordinaire of Latin Food Lovers, mentioned in her post that “with effort, honesty and perseverance” it’s always possible to make it. What a list of great ingredients to making more happen.
Young Urban Moms’ co-founder, Carolina Pichardo, is a digital marketer by day, writer and community activist by night, and mom to Lulu always. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @c_pichardo.