I am a first-generation, Mexican-American sophomore currently attending Brooklyn College. I was raised in a single parent household by my loving and supportive mother. My mother has instilled in me the values of family, dedication, and perseverance. Through our many hardships I have learned to cherish these values because they have helped shape the person I am today.
While at Brooklyn College I will work towards a degree in Education. I am interested in teaching and youth development. Working in an afterschool program has shown me the importance of a strong educational foundation. My elementary school teachers had inspired me to learn, which continues to motivate me in college. I want to have a long lasting impact on children so they can grow up knowing they can accomplish anything they put their minds to.
In the future I aspire to become a teacher while also pursuing my dream of creating a not-for-profit organization. I want to create an organization aimed at providing support for inner city communities. Support can range from afterschool programs, ESL classes for parents, and other programs based on the needs of that specific community. I am excited to be a 2015 New York Fellow because I believe ANY can help me accomplish my dreams while allowing me to leave a positive impact on the world whether it be on one child or an entire community.