“It’s not just my obligations to my family or my obligations to myself. I have an obligation to my community.”
Jaquelin and her family came to the U.S. from Mexico in search of a better life when she was just two years old. A senior at Lead Academy High School, she boasts a 3.9 grade point average and landed a perfect score on the ACT’s reading section, despite English being her second language. Jaquelin uses her perspective and platform to be a strong advocate for her peers and for the Latino community at large, a voice she’s honing through the Oasis Center’s International Teen Outreach Program (ITOP) at her school.