Kick It Up L.A. Blog Digest - 7/7

The Ortega family at a meal. Read about them in 'Independence Day.'

KCET.org has partnered up with GlobalGirl Media's local bureau to bring you Kick It Up L.A., a girl's-eye-view of Los Angeles, soccer culture and the World Cup. GlobalGirl Media trains young women to become citizen journalists and report on both the world's biggest sporting event and the issues that matter to them in their lives and communities.

These young journalists have been blogging on the GlobalGirl Media site, and each week we'll be bringing you a digest of their posts. This week the girls blog about family life, what it means to be a GlobalGirl, and the loss of a good friend.

Remember to check out the Kick It Up L.A. site to read more from these amazing local reporters.

These are excerpts, but if one catches your eye, be sure to follow the link and read the whole thing!

"Independence Day" by Rocio Ortega

"He never shows emotion, rarely communicates with his children and if so, it's usually because one of us is in trouble and will be scolded. He is a traditionalist and is just not open-minded.

So when it came time for me to ask my father for permission to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I knew I had to be prepared and have a strong strategy before I approached him. I had applied to work as an intern for Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano, and later had been sponsored to be a Congressional Page this summer in Washington D.C., although my position had still not been confirmed. The opportunity is wonderful enough for a teenager but the fact that I was born and raised in East Los Angeles made it almost inconceivable; opportunities here are few and far between - this stuff just never happens!"

"Change Starts Here: Reflections on Being A GlobalGirl" by Brenda Solis

"My brother constantly says to me jokingly: 'Just go live with the Global Girls!' He says this because I'm hardly home. Our schedules are pretty hectic because many of our interviews are in distant locations and we have to leave about an hour earlier because we don't want to be late. Transportation is a big variable in our schedules because we have a [limited] number of cars and many of us live far away from each other. Regardless of the number of obstacles we face, we do our best and get the job done well."

"Gone But Never Forgotten" by Sussete Nuñez

"At first I didn't believe it. I kept saying 'What? What?' as if I couldn't hear her because I just couldn't make sense of what she was telling me -- I mean I had always been surrounded by death; a lot of my friends have lost close friends and family members and I've seen a lot of people suffer but I never thought it would hit me in the face at such a young age. It's almost hard to believe, so shocking, and hurts deeply to see someone so dear to you die so soon - just barely eighteen."

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