We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the commitment and the contributions of our great volunteers. From September 15th to October 15th, the United States celebrates the contributions of the Hispanic community and we want to be a part of this important month through the campaign “Meet our leaders: The faces of our movement”.
We want to present young Hispanic leaders who are proud of their roots and commit themselves every day to making a difference in their communities. This week we want to introduce you to Laura García.
Laura was born in Nogales, Sonora, México, 17 years ago and arrived in the United States at the age of 12 years old. She didn’t speak English and had to learn the language and the culture, but in less than a year she was recognized as one of the fastest English learners in her class. She is currently a senior at North High School.
She gets good grades and has exceeded the expectations of her teachers, her family, and even herself. But her family situation and her passion to make a difference motivated her to get involved in our movement to bring justice to immigrant families. She is proud of being Hispanic but she also loves her new country and wants to make a positive contribution to improving it.
That´s why she began volunteering for Promise Arizona in Action last summer and has dedicated countless hours helping to register new Latino voters.
“When I started volunteering with Promise Arizona in Action it made me feel like I counted, even though I cannot vote right now. Every time I get someone else to register, it makes me feel like I'm doing something for my community,” Laura said.
Laura is an example of dedication, perseverance, and hard work. She spends hours giving back to her community and that’s why she is our leader of the week.
Meet Laura García
Age: 17 years.
When did you join the movement? One of my friends invited me to join this past summer.
What’s your favorite moment in Paz in Action? I love talking to people. It feels great to let people know what’s going on in the community and what they can do to change it.
Are you proud of being Hispanic? Why? I´m very proud of being Hispanic and I'm proud of my roots, where I came from, who my parents are, and who my grandparents are. I wouldn’t change that. What I would do is what I'm doing right now, getting out, informing people, getting people to vote. I would never change where I came from, because that is something that I am proud of.
What motives you? In the future I plan to have a family and build a life here in the United States. What motivates me is my family and future generations, so that they do not have to go through the challenges that we have experienced. I want to fight today for change in the future.
What would be your dream job? Social worker and adoption counseling.
If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be? 1) To have my family united with my grandparents; 2) To see my parents happy and stress free, without worries about paying bills and rent, and to have time for themselves; and 3) To help out my sister, who is a single mom with a disabled child.
Name one thing not many people know about you: I don't usually like to tell my story. It is not because I'm not proud of my family and who we are. But I do not like telling others that we are going through a hard time because I do not want people to feel sorry for us.
What do you hope to achieve before you die? To have to have my own office for adoption counseling and to say to my mom and dad that they can take a break, that it is my time to pay them back.
Who are your role models? My grandpa.
Would you consider yourself a happy person? Yes. I always try to see the positive in life.
Describe yourself in three words: Determined, hardworking, and caring.