"In July 2016, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away five months later, leaving me with my mom and sister. After my dad’s passing, my grades began slipping and I was having trouble focusing in school. It was at this time that I was approached about joining Latinos In Action in my school. LIA has helped me refocus on my education, provided me with unique learning opportunities, and introduced me to important mentors in my life. It has played a huge role in helping me cope with my dad’s passing. I have been able to make new friends in the class that inspire and encourage me to reach my personal goals. I feel like I have become a better person because of Latinos In Action."