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Xochil

Age 17, Boyle Heights

One of my biggest dreams is to attain a higher education. Because most of the people around me are undocumented, I’m considering immigration law.

My biggest dream is to attain a higher education.

My community is low-income and people of color. There are a lot of injustices and systems of inequity. It can be difficult to find things like internships and career preparation or even joining a campaign like I am Possible! There’s a stigma that youth in these communities lack motivation. It’s important to know that a lot of students have very low expectations set for them by their community members or the world. So, it’s difficult for them to seek out the help and resources they need. 

There are a lot of injustices and systems of inequity.

Amongst the Latinx community, there’s a stigma that if a girl gets pregnant, she drops out of school. In South Central, I have a lot of friends from middle school who became pregnant and dropped out. Even the guys dropped out of school. But at my magnet school, the students are really driven and are expected to go to college. I noted the difference because they just don’t have schools like mine over there. It’s deeply saddening because these are the people I grew up with. 

Students have low expectations set for them by their community.

Youth are the future. We need to be finding passions for ourselves, because we’ll be the ones dealing with these issues of injustice someday. But if decision makers don’t invest in us now, we won’t know how to fix those problems in the future.

There’s a stigma that youth in Boyle Heights lack motivation.

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