PLR Collegiate

PLR Collegiate is a semester-long program that aims to develop the voice and storytelling skills of Latina college students. By developing their voice and storytelling skills, Latina college students can then leverage their abilities to advocate for their communities. The program consists of four day-long masterclasses spread over the span of a typical college semester. Each class takes place on a Saturday via a virtual portal allowing students from across the country to participate in the program together.

Program Structure

  • August/January Theme: Crash Course in Latinx History in the US
  • September/February Theme: The Impact of Writing and Journalism in our Culture
  • October/March Theme: Government, Advocacy, & Community Activism
  • November/April Theme: Building a Compelling Narrative
  • December/May Program Finale: Virtual Graduation Celebration

Each class is then followed by a blog post assignment due within the next two weeks. The assignment is then edited by the section editor. Once the appropriate round of edits are completed, the assignment is published on the site.

At the end of the program, students are able to stay on and become staff writers or contributing writers for the platform. After their first year, they can then apply to become section editors.


PLR Collegiate program participants will be paired up with mentors from Powerful Latinas Rising. While there will be no formal requirements on the number of times they should meet, we will highly encourage our participants to reach out and build relationships with their mentor(s).

Program Participant Perks

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation from the organization. Powerful Latinas Rising can also work with program participants to set up an opportunity to receive college credit. Additionally, program participants are highlighted throughout the program and after graduation on the website and social media platforms.


The program is free of charge. Students must use their own laptop and internet connection to participate. There are no required software or materials though students may choose to use research platforms or software applications for the assignments. Fees for these items will not be reimbursed.

Application Process

To participate in the program, college students are required to submit an application including a personal statement and a $20 application fee. Potential candidates will be asked to complete an interview with the selection committee. Selected candidates will be notified via email. Application Deadline for Summer 2021: April 15, 2021


If you have any questions, please contact Brianna Marroquin, Program Associate at