Latina Teens Discuss Culture

Friday, November 7th 2008, 6:27 pm
By: News On 6

News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Several hundred Latina students from high schools across Tulsa came together for a special conference on Friday at OSU Tulsa.

They talked about everything from careers to gangs to body image.  Organizers say Latina teens face high dropout and suicide rates, partly because many of them feel torn between two cultures.

"What we do is show them you can still assimilate in your community and yet be out and give the best that you can," said organizer Deborah Easter.

"We can't get ahead if we're not unified.  and unified doesn't mean we have to think the same way, look the same way and believe in the same things, but we do have to find common ground," said guest speaker Sofia Quintero.

This is the third year for the conference.