On Friday, May 28, Latina Publisher and Southside San Antonio community advocate, April Monterrosa, was honored by the 87th Texas Legislature’s House Resolution Number 86, authored by Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Campos, for Monterrosa’s achievements as a civic leader and founder of Live From The Southside Magazine.
When asked about her reasons for basing an entire magazine on a specific part of San Antonio, Monterrosa replied:
“I was born, raised, and live on the Southside of San Antonio. It seemed only natural to become an ambassador for the richness of community you can find here in this very special area of San Antonio. As a photographer and author, the medium of a magazine seemed the perfect way to do it.”
Ms. Monterrosa is widely known by local news and radio outlets as the Latina with her finger on the pulse of San Antonio’s Southside. Some of the projects she is currently involved in, in addition to publishing a monthly magazine and mentoring other women and girls, include:
- Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women group, which seeks to empower, support, and educate women in an environment of mutual respect and acceptance
- Promoting literacy as the founder and president of the Scooby Van of San Antonio’s Southside chapter
- Volunteer Tourism Ambassador for the City of San Antonio
- Member of Brooks Gives Back, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, & the Palo Alto College Cosmetology boards
- Director of communications for the Miss Plus San Antonio pageant
Also honored, in House Resolution Number 85, were two elementary school Latinas, mentored by Ms. Monterrosa, Bella Julianna Cortez and Arianna “Ruby” Cortez. These enterprising young entrepreneurs have together built a successful craft and accessory business in the Southside area of San Antonio.
In addition to running their business, these young ladies have also made great individual personal accomplishments. Bella has authored a book, Crafty Cortez Sisters: The Story, and contributes to Live From the Southside Magazine, while Ruby competed in the Little Miss SATX pageant and currently holds the title of Little Miss SATX 2021.
Read the text of House Resolution No. 85 at: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/billtext/html/HR00085I.htm
Read the text of House Resolution No. 86 at https://fastdemocracy.com/bill-search/tx/87/bills/TXB00048327/
Readers may purchase Crafty Cortez Sisters: The Story at Amazon https://amzn.to/3pAa3gQ
Live From the Southside Magazine is also available at Amazon at https://amzn.to/3g3KXDL