When a Quinceanera makes her journey from a girl to a young woman, her father wants her to have a better life than he had. It's so sad; many families are having lavish Beverly Hills-type, Quince parties they can't afford. The Quinceanera wears an expensive ball-gown and rides in a stretch limo. When the party's over, the memories fade, but the debt's still there.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2007
Are MTV & Hollywood trivializing the traditional Latina Coming-Of-Age, Quinceanera Ceremony for young Latina women and minimizing the celebration's real purpose? Author Priscilla Mills says so in her new book; ''Quinceanera Connection: Your Dream Celebration On Any Budget.''
The origin of the beautiful Hispanic tradition dates back to the Aztecs. In 1521, when the Spanish invaded Mexico they brought their own European traditions associated with a young woman's transition from childhood. That's when both customs were integrated and gala European balls became part of what is today's Quinceanera celebration.
''Today's Latina teen and her family have different choices and challenges than her ancestors,'' said Mills: a life coach, business consultant and graduate of Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurial Program.
Approximately 400,000 Hispanic girls turn fifteen each year. Their families are ending up deep in-debt spending from $6,000 to $250,000 for the celebration. The Quinceanera and her family have lost focus of the Real American Dream; where today's young Latina woman has the opportunity for freedom of choice: higher education, good career and a purposeful life.
Sandra Torres, a CA high school honor student says. "When a Quinceanera makes her journey from a girl to a young woman, her father wants her to have a better life than he had. It's so sad; many families are having lavish Beverly Hills-type, Quince parties they can't afford. The Quinceanera wears an expensive ball-gown and rides in a stretch limo. When the party's over, the memories fade, but the debt's still there."
"Quinceanera Connection," provides stories and tips for having a dream celebration on a reasonable budget and still having money left over for her higher education fund. It's a helpful guide for the Quinceanera and her family. It's filled with heart-warming stores from other Latina teens. She also outlines the importance of planning and organization in order for a dream party to happen without stress and costly mistakes. Included is a simple step-by-step process on how to negotiate to get the best deal with a vendor.
In Girl Talk. Mills covers what's next after the Quinceanera celebration is over. Offering motivating tips for the reader to realize it's her life and her choices. And by making the right choices she gets the opportunity to live the Real American Dream. That's freedom to choose a career, a life style and a chance to make a difference in her community and beyond.
There is a special section called, Parent Talk. It includes; The Seven Ways to Make a Difference In Your Daughter's Life: with a list of, The Seven Commitments of Being a Great Parent.
Priscilla Mills has just launched her website: QuinceaneraConnect. The site follows her philosophy for the Latina teen of having it all on a budget while planning for a life with a purpose. The web site also features blogs by teens that are planning their Quinceanera's. They share girl talk about their everyday challenges and planning their special celebration with a focus on the budget.
Priscilla has her own blog- Ask Priscilla: she shares the basic principles of theReal American Dream: It's Your Life - Make the Right Choices - And Go For It.
For additional information and to set up an interview with author, Priscilla Mills: to discuss the importance of the Quinceanera and her family as they celebrate her Coming-Of-Age, to refocus and not go into deep debt.
The best gift her family can give her is the loving support on her special day and every other day. As she takes the opportunity to benefit from the Real American Dream- Latina Style: of having the freedom of choice for higher education, a good career and a purposeful life.
Brenda Block, director of public relations
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