Colorado State University - 2023
Advocate for Latino families who have children with special needs
Major: Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Pre-Health
Project: I would like to continue to advocate and become involved with Latino families who have children with special needs. I would like for Latino families to be able to have access to resources, services, and overall support so that they can be successful along with their children. Above all, I would like to educate our communities in ways we can help Latino families become integrated with the community.
Inspiration: For the past 7 years, I have been volunteering my time to a family who has two boys with special needs, I would help with everything that was needed from changing diapers to translating at doctor appointments. Through this experience, it is that I saw that there was a lack of resources and support for Latino families who had children with special needs. And I wanted to be a support system for individuals that needed support. Furthermore, I became involved with an organization in the Roaring Fork Valley, La Esperanza de Emily, that supports the goal of supporting Latino families who have children with special needs. Through this organization, it is that I gained so much more inspiration to advocate for the Latino community.
Future Goals: Through my community engagement work, I hope to create a support group for Latino parents who have children with special needs and be able to contribute my work and service to La Esperanza de Emily. For me, it is hard to want to visualize and only wants to accomplish one single thing, for I am extremely passionate and devoted to this topic and would like to do so much to help. Therefore, it is all a work in progress for now and I will see where my passion will take me.