I am unique, I am Latina. That's the message of Soy Unica! Soy Latina!, a Web site that encourages Hispanic girls to focus on their education and be proud of their heritage. The site, www.soyunica.gov, was created in 2001 by the U.S. government and targets girls ages 9 to 14.
The pages are bright, flashy and fun. Like some other Web sites designed for kids, this one has games, news, polls and quizzes. It also has interviews with well-known Latinas. It has featured 13-year-old Kathleen Herles, the voice of Dora the Explorer in the Nick Jr. series, who said she is proud to encourage kids “to be bilingual and speak Spanish.”
Soyunica.gov is itself bilingual. In Spanish and English, it deals with topics of interest to most girls, including how to handle homework, deal with bullies and understand the bodily changes that occur as one matures.
Other parts of the site focus on things of particular interest to Hispanic girls, including a page titled “What it means to be bicultural.”
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