What do you like about your job?
As a Career Advisor, I am passionate about supporting youth with their academic, employment and career goals. By providing individualized support and discussing short-term and long-term planning, I am overjoyed when I am able to witness young person accomplish their goals even through various adversities.
Where did you work before YJC?
Prior to working at YJC, I was working at Howard Area Community Center as an Out-of-School Case Manager. Within my role, I was constantly engaged with clients needing support due to barriers such as homelessness, parenting young adults, client’s with incarceration records, mental health issues, and unemployment.
What was your first job?
My first job after college was serving as a AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader for City Year Chicago. I proudly served as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math tutor at Johnson School of Excellence. As a tutor, I continuously tracked and measured the impact of students’ academic progress.
What did you learn from your first job?
At City Year Chicago, I learned that every student deserves a quality education that is not determined by the area code in which they reside.
Has your career path gone how you expected?
I believe my purpose in life is to offer advocacy, resources, wisdom and healing to brown and black folk. With that being said, my career paths have all been integrated in uplifting underserved communities in Chicago. My career paths have all been in alignment with my purpose and passion.
I love writing poetry that is reflective of my lived experience as a brown Mexican womxn and mother.