Jorge P.

'My Hispanic ethnicity means to me that I am a barrier-breaker. I have realized that I am capable of changing the system and changing the perceptions others may have on not only Hispanics, but people of color. It is not about dividing races or people based on the color of their skin, but being considered equals."

Students see me as an example and a role model in my community because I am someone who is a first-generation college student and someone who is also taking an interest in them and wants to also see them be successful by serving in programs they are in. This work to me is important because I've always wanted to be a role model and advocate for people who come from similar homes and backgrounds as mine. I want to be someone who they look up to and say, "If he can do it, I can do it because we are the same, we come from the same/similar place". I want young people to realize that the communities that they come from, the financial circumstances, their home situations do not define them. What defines them is their goals, their dreams, and the change they want to make in the world.

Vlog 3: Jorge talks about the ethnic studies program at his school

ethnic studies program

Vlog 2: Jorge highlights the effects of gentrification

Vlog 1: Jorge sees opportunity everywhere