November 2018
Your CJ November newsletter has arrived! Take a look at all the wonderful things happening in our community this month!
Community Events & Gatherings
Empty Bowls:
Fundraiser for Sin Barreras
Enjoy some delicious soup and dessert in a beautiful handmade bowl you get to take home! All for a great cause!

$20-$30 per person.

Saturday, November 10th
Dickinson Commons, PVCC
Entre Tejidos: Gathering for Latina Women
Una reunión para mujeres Latinas en Charlottesville. Un espacio para hablar, bordar, tejer, dibujar y convivir. Se proporcionarán materiales.

12 de Noviembre
19 de Noviembre
3 de Diciembre
10 de Diciembre

en La Iniciativa de la Mujer
1101 E. High Street

Por favor regístrese con Karina A Monroy por e-mail o teléfono:
Health and Well Being
CJ's Cultiva: Mental Health Work Group
Join us at our next
Cultiva meeting!

A group for service
providers and individuals interested in improving
mental health services for the Latinx community.

November 14th
Ready Kids
1000 E High St
Tardes de Salud Familiar en Southwood
Seguro Medico y
Programas de Salud

Aprenda como inscribirse en el Mercado de Salud para escoger planes de seguro medico.
Actividades infantiles y comida. Todo gratis.

28 de Noviembre
de 7:00pm a 8:30pm
En el salon comunitario de Southwood
387 Hickory St. Charlottesville
Diabetes Information Session
Make a Difference! Lend Your Voice!

African Americans and Latinos are invited to join a community-led work group to recommend solutions to lessen the effects of diabetes among minorities living in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.

Upcoming Information session:

Thursday November 8, 2018
Carver Recreation Center
Jefferson School City Center

Great American Smokeout
Get personalized help with quitting tobacco and creating a quit plan!

Drop in any time during this free event! Free food, coffee, door prizes and more!

Thursday November 15, 2018
Carver Recreation City Center
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville
Latinx Spotlight:

Elizabeth Valtierra
Interview by Karina A Monroy

"I try to use my privileges as a leverage for others"

For this month's Latinx Spotlight I got to interview Elizabeth Valtierra. Elizabeth is a young Latina with the desire and fire to bring positive change and awareness to and about our Latinx communities. Elizabeth is also envolved in our Creciendo Education Work Group as well as our Latinx Leadership Initiative. Interested in learning more about this inspiring young woman? Here's what she has to say:

K: Could you tell us your name, age, where you are from and where you go to school?

E: My name is Elizabeth Valtierra and I am nineteen years old. I was born in Arizona, grew up in Florida, and now I currently reside in Charlottesville, Virginia. I also attend Piedmont Virginia Community College.

K: How do you define yourself and the role you play within our community?

E: Growing up Mexican-American, I found myself conflicted with several sides of my cultural identity and my adopted identity. In other word, I found myself in situations where I’m confronted with my privileges while still being a minority. Personally, I found it challenging to accept or even understand how certain aspect in life does not come easy to my undocumented family members as it does to me. With that in mind, this pushes me to learn on using my resources to benefit their situations. For example, my bilinguality, while my translation skills are not sharp, I still try to bridge a connection for any monolingual speakers on both side. As I like to say, I try to use my privileges as a leverage for others.

K: How has coming to Charlottesville shaped your experience as a Latinx individual?

E: When I moved to Charlottesville, I was already twelve years old. The lack of an apparent Latinx community was a cultural shock as I moved from a town in Florida where strong and generational Latinx communities resided in. While living in Florida, my Mexican identity was not an apparent factor in my life. However, after moving to Charlottesville, being Mexican became a very profound stamp on my forehead. Over the years, the Latinx community grows faster and stronger as well as my involvement within the community. It’s still a struggle because I am more dominant with my American identity, but as the Latinx community grows, so does my consciousness toward my Mexican identity.

K: Could you tell us about your interests and passions both in working with the Latinx community of Charlottesville and anything else you enjoy doing?

E: One of my main interest in working within the Latinx community is strengthening the road of education. This is where my privileges lies in. Due to my naturalized citizenship, I found that I had various options and resources in making sure my academic career grows successfully. Yet, in my own household, I saw how lacking those resources are, if you don’t have citizenship. It’s simply unfair and frustrating that higher education, an urgency for future generations, is often treated as a privilege rather as a right. Thus, this consciousness urges me to build bridges to diminish the gaps that are unnecessarily wide for students of immigrant parents and immigrant students with academic goals.
K: What are some other personal goals you have?

E: I would love to publish a book of all my poems that I wrote over the years of growing up.

K: What do you love about being Latinx?

E: One thing I love about being Latina is having a wider range of music. We grow up listening to our parent’s favorite oldie songs, the classic Quinceañera must-play songs, nowaday hits, embarrassing favorites (in my case, RBD), to whatever’s hot on America’s chart. Music truly has no languages, just memories.

K: W hat message would you like to share with other Latinx people your age?

E: A message i would like to share with other Latinx people my age is to simply be unashamed of your cultural background and to maintain patience with it as well. There is a struggle of learning progressively as well as being true to your culture to many of my Latinx peers.
Challenge Into Change Writing Contest
Challenge into Change is a writing contest celebrating women's stories of growth and healing. We invite you to submit a piece of writing of 500 words or less about a woman (yourself or someone you know) who overcame a difficult situation in her life. Both prose and poetry are welcome. First-time writers are encouraged to enter!
Winners will receive cash awards; all entrants will have the chance to be published in our Challenge into Change book and will be honored at a ceremony at the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. 

Submission deadline is December 12, 2018.

Click here for more details.
Job Openings
Health Department: FT Data Analyst
The health department is hiring a full-time Data Analyst. This position will be the primary data coordinator and data analyst for the Thomas Jefferson Health District, providing support and assistance in the areas of the community health assessment and improvement planning, public health accreditation, quality improvement, performance management, and strategic planning. For a complete position description, qualifications, special instructions, post specific questions, and to apply, please click here.

International Rescue Committee: Immigration Caseworker
The Immigration Caseworker provides information and assistance to refugees and other immigrants in the community on immigration benefits available to them through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The Immigration Caseworker works closely with clients to assist them in accurately completing and filing applications with USCIS and continues monitoring and supporting their applications until the benefit is received. The Immigration Caseworker operates under close supervision with moderate latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative. 
Read full job description and details on how to apply, here .

Albemarle County Public Schools: Office Associate III
Performs a wide variety of specialized and/or difficult clerical and secretarial duties. Work requires extensive knowledge of department, division, or section policies, procedures, and services and ability to communicate these to others. Tasks may require the ability to plan and carry out assignments. Does related work as required. Work often involves providing assistance to temporary help. Work is performed under regular supervision.
Full job description here .

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