Hola MG! Que lo que? Allow me to introduce myself. I am one of Migente's first members, like, ever! check my "member since" date- October 2nd, 2000 ;)
I credit my experiences at MiGente with much of my development as a cultural event organizer for Capicu Cultural Showcase. (By the way, our whole team trace their roots to Migente as well!)
The story: Through outreach and organizing MiGente members around hobbies from 2001-2005 (in our case, signing the Guestbooks of Migente members and also welcoming new members to the site), I was educated in a process of effective community engagement that I would take into my real life. Many of our decisions came about in a democratized voting process, and almost all of our art and HTML coding for Member pages and graphic banners came about from the Migente community. This kind of organization and openness to user-generated content set the stage for what was to come... extending our relationships with our fellow hobbyists from the MiGente community into our real lives via hundreds of events that ranged from sports events, beach parties, barbecues, dinners, and nightlife events. Some have the idea that this happened only in New York, but we have friends in Florida, Illinois, Texas and California that will tell you that these MiGente- member generated eve nts were happening in their major cities too!
It was through these same principles of organization that we now showcase positiv e Latino role models- authors, performers and artists of all sorts- in progressive community events.
Since we began this new project 2007, my Capicu team is still on Migente trying to empower people with positive messages and challenge the MiGente community to think outside of the box... do not let the Mainstream Media define who you are!
In our proudest moments, we bring Christmas to 100 children every year and have done so for the last 3 years, we also support a school opened by a global non profit in the Dominican Republic (Better Future International), have recently done a fundraiser for Haiti, and are involved in the Latino Outreach of the American Diabetes Association (Feria de Salud).
Saludos to MiGente.com for offering us a dynamic platform of engagement with our fellow Latinos & Latinas! Y gracias!
recent blog posts
Vaya Mi gente! On Friday 3/27/09 We celebrated two years, starting out in BK and having put together open mics and featured events all over NYC
So did you hear? There's been a sighting of my precious Choopy! The following video is an actual CNN report from August 8th about it..
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