I was born in California, but Yakima and the lower valley are my home. I’ve built a life here with my husband and my two beautiful daughters. My mother immigrated to the United States at a young age and I am one of 7 children. I grew up in a very modest home in Wapato, Washington. Growing up in a small impoverished town, and having gone through my own personal struggles as a young Hispanic girl, I was very aware of my circumstances. Through my own personal story, I gained a passion for equality and justice and a deep sense of understanding and compassion for youth. That drive is what brought me to TeamChild. I’ve been with TeamChild for 9 years and I have grown in so many ways. TeamChild gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many youth. It’s been so rewarding to me to be a part of an agency that is so dedicated to bringing about systemic change to better the lives of young adolescent youth—youth who often feel silenced by their circumstances. These youth are not alone. TeamChild is their voice, and I hope to continue to be a part of this amazing agency for years to come.