Growing up, Daniela experienced racism, bullying and harassment from her peers. As a first-generation Latina raised by Immigrant parents, Daniela was teased about her accent and English language skills. She struggled to feel accepted by both her classmates and teachers. As a result, Daniela became very insecure about speaking in front of her class, fearing that she would be judged or ridiculed.
For 5 years, Girls Inc. has provided Daniela with the supportive environment she needed to learn to appreciate and value herself, growing into a confident young women. She credits her Girls Inc. mentor Nicole for helping her find her voice and understanding that she can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Daniela’s experience with bullying inspired her to help others who may be faced with similar experiences. Daniela developed and coordinates her own afterschool-tutoring program, dedicated to helping youth gain the skills and the confidence to achieve success in school.
Daniela aspires to attend UCLA or Stanford to study sociology and Chicano Studies. She is proud to be the first person in her family to attend college. Daniela plans to continue her civic involvement, pursuing a career that will help her serve underrepresented and underserved populations in her community.
“I know how challenging it is to adapt to a new culture and a new language but with Girls Inc., not only have I found a safe and accepting environment, but it has also encouraged me to mentor younger children and show them what it means to be assertive.”
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