Maria’s Mission: Change the World, One Person at a Time
Maria’s first commitment is to service. Her second… to social justice. Maria was born in Salvatierra Guanajuato, Mexico. While her father served as a migrant worker in the United States, Maria grew up in poverty with her mother and her siblings. As she learned English and adjusted to the culture change of American schools, she quickly became deeply involved in school activities. At Pajaro Valley High School in PVUSD, she has sought out numerous opportunities for community service and leadership with organizations such as Regeneration and Watsonville Wetlands Watch. She’s also involved with Food What?!, the Migrant Student Association and the Project Green Challenge to name only a few. But it’s her role as president of the DREAM club that fuels her drive to help others. She will be the first member of her family to graduate from junior high and high school and will be the first in her family to attend college. This fall, Maria will start classes at UC Berkeley where she plans to study sustainable farming and food justice/environmental issues.