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¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Rally

The Rally

A gem of the Latinas Unidas, Inc., the ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! (SUSL) Rally is a one-day event for Latinas ages 7-18.  Its purpose is to encourage Latinas to be proud of their ethnic identity and heritage. Latinas Unidas board members, Rally Committee members, and Rally Volunteers are present and active to serve as role models to the young Latinas.

The Rally begins with a high-energy kick-off where the participants lift their voices to declare their self-worth and uniqueness.  Through workshops, Rally participants engage in hands-on activities that inspire future aspirations and careers.  The grand finale, the Quinceañera fashion runway, provides a platform for previous Quinceañeras to share their gowns and goals with the Rally participants.

As Latinas, we know that family engagement is important. Parents, there are workshops designed just for you.  Parents and their young Latinas will also participate in a college tour and attend the community fair.  Participants 12 or younger need to be accompanied by their parent, guardian or an authorized adult.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 SUSL Rally will have limitations based on the Center for Disease Control recommendations.  

¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Rally

I. FREE Breakfast

II. Pep-Rally Kick-Off, led by the Madrina

III. Workshops

IV. College Tour/Community Fair

V. FREE Lunch

VI. Participant Presentations

VII. Quinceañera Runway

VII. Awards

VIII. Closing Remarks

SUSL Rally History

The ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! is a public education initiative.

The Catholic Family Center(CFC) introduced the ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! initiative to Rochester, NY in 2002. CFC had the lead of the rally in 2002 and 2004. There was no rally in 2003 because the schedule changed from the Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept./Oct.) to the Women Month (March).

In 2004, CFC approached Latinas Unidas to take the leadership of the ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Rally. In January 2005, Latinas Unidas accepted to take the lead, and the CFC continued to participate as the liaison between the committee and the creators (the federal government) of this initiative.

Because of the success of past rallies in Rochester, NY, and requests to widen the program to more girls, today the rally in our city includes workshops and activities for girls from ages 7 to 18.

The SAMHSA initiative for the ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! campaign ended in 2007 and are no longer sponsoring these events.

Our Mission

The mission of Latinas Unidas is to foster opportunities that will promote unity, cultural identity and the presence of the Latina woman in the community; to encourage and motivate women to be self-confident to assume leadership roles to positively impact society.
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