Emily Velazquez-Alvarado, SAF Levante Leadership Institute youth member
Hello! My name is Emily Velazquez-Alvarado, I am 16 years old and I attend early college high school. My family is originally from Michoacán and they migrated from Mexico more than 20 years ago. I live with my younger brother and mom. Growing up, I had an amazing childhood because I was always surrounded with people I love. All my hard work I do is to one day pay my mom for always being there for me.
School is my priority, I work very hard on all my assignments to get good grades. I love helping people – two years ago I went to Mexico to help children and visited orphanages.
I am doing the Levante program because I hope to give back to people who, thanks to them, we have food on our table. I want to make a small change to help people because they sacrifice many things. I also want to be involved in my community. I know a small change can make a huge difference.