Instructor Yasmine Ramirez (left) leads participants of the ForWord project at Glassbox, Crystal Acuna, Jasmine Flores and Perla Ramirez. (Yuritzy Ramos/

ForWord: A free creative writing workshop for El Paso teens

EL PASO – At noon on a recent Saturday, 16-year-old Jasmin Flores sits at a round table in a downtown storefront gallery and stares at a picture of a man wearing a tee shirt raising his two fists into the air. After thinking for a few minutes, she uses her imagination to write in longhand on a piece of paper a story about two boys playing together with a ball. These and many other activities are practiced each Saturday during a “ForWord” workshop that helps teenage students develop their creativity when writing from short stories to essays. Flores is been attending the workshops, sponsored by a local non profit organization, since the January sessions started. She said each workshop has been different.

El grupo de baile y percusión africana, Patambores, animó el ambiente en El Mercado Mayapán. (Yuritzy Ramos/

La Mujer Obrera celebra Día Internacional de la Mujer

EL PASO – En El Día Internacional de la Mujer se celebra la lucha de la mujer en pie por la igualdad con el hombre. Este año La Mujer Obrera se vistió de fiesta para conmemorar a las miles de mujeres inmigrantes y trabajadoras del país. “Esta es una lucha de más de 100 años que llevamos para defender nuestros derechos en el empleo,” dijo Lorena Andrade, directora ejecutiva de La Mujer Obrera. La Mujer Obrera es una organización no lucrativa creada hace más de 30 años, cuyo liderazgo esta conformado por mujeres. “Esta organización fue creada para apoyar a todas aquellas mujeres obreras con sus derechos, como aquellas que perdieron la vida en aquel terrible incendio,” agregó Andrade.

College students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. (Yuritzy Ramos/

College students tend to change majors when they find the one they really love

EL PASO — Choosing a college major is a hard decision for students to make because it can determine the student’s career future along with income level and having to pick a different one later piles on more stress. “My dad wanted me to become an English teacher because he loves literature and reading books,” said Victor Chavez, a 29 year-old graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. Chavez gave into his father’s pressure and started his UTEP college education as an English major in 2004, but a year later he began to question his career path and switched to math after finding his true passion. “I’d love teaching don’t get me wrong, but I really wanted to teach something that I was more passionate about–math,” Chavez said. About 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.