Living My Vision

Rocio Ortega
Posted April 15, 2013 from United States
19 & 9 year old sisters
19 & 9 year old sisters
19 & 9 year old sisters (1/1)

I am a living vision of the future.

Can you imagine two young parents with a six year old son and three year old daughter? Imagine leaving the entire world you knew of and risking your family and health for the chance of a better future?

That’s exactly what my parents did.

They left their native country of Mexico so my siblings and I can attain an education and paint our personal vision for the future. Some 24 years later we are in the process of completing that American Dream. That six year old son and three year old daughter are Mexican-Americans leading others in the professional world. In the light of this news, a new member of my family will be joining the workforce soon as she will soon graduate from college, being the second member in our family with a four-year university degree.

Then there’s me.

With a strong family like mine, I knew I had to use my voice to get where I want to be. I knew I didn't face as many challenges most girls living in developing countries face or those of my parents. Though I live in an unincorporated community who thrives to be a city of its own and is constantly run through by Los Angeles Police Department and lately the S.W.A.T. team, all the schools I attended are within a mile radius. Education is at a walk and healthcare is at a mild distance. As a first generation Mexican-American, I knew I had the potential and tools to become the person I want to be – a successful and leading Latina in the United States of America that creates opportunities for other young women like me world-wide.

Since 2010 I’ve been a Teen Broadcast Citizen Journalist with Global Girl Media where I work with girls from South Africa and Morocco. In 2011 I was a Teen Advisor and now Youth Champion for the United Nations Foundation campaign called Girl Up where I am given the opportunity to channel my energy to help adolescent girls living in Malawi, Liberia, Ethiopia and Guatemala be safe, healthy, educated and counted. Taking internships with Latina US Congresswomen and attending Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership program… I knew I had to do more.

After reading a Facebook post from the Girls20 Summit page, I knew I had to take part in this revolutionary web content. I know that sharing our stories is special because we are all unique individuals. I want to be able to connect with other women and further gain international experience. My ultimate goal after college is to run for office in these United States of America so I can help other women attain their goals through the legislative process. In order to be an effective politician, I know I need the help from my global sisters.

Including my nine year old sister who is learning to learn the meaning of female empowerment.

Girls Transform the World 2013

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  • KathyG
    Apr 16, 2013
    Apr 16, 2013

    Sometimes as children we don't appreciate the struggles of our parents. But you do and you are sharing that knowledge to others. Thank you for join us at World Pulse as well. It is your voice working with others that will empower others in our larger family of the global sisterhood.

    I hope to hear more!

    Kathy Grantz World Pulse Project Manager

  • Merlin James
    Apr 16, 2013
    Apr 16, 2013

    Great knowing you , a person full of spirit so young yet at full fledged work and support for the group of girls and women. You are an exception, an extra ordinary person dear. keep sharing.


  • Klaudia
    Apr 17, 2013
    Apr 17, 2013

    I was a teenager working as a legal babysitter in NY when I became aware of how dificult was to be an ilegan inmigrant. My soul was in pain everytime I saw how my MExican fellow people were mistreated. Great that you took advantage of that sacrifice. It really makes me feel proud of you. abrazos desde México

  • Linda M. Ando
    Apr 21, 2013
    Apr 21, 2013

    Bravo Rocio! You are an inspiration and role model for other women to tell their stories, take action as leaders in their own lives, community and beyond. I am so glad you are involved in the community at many levels and beyond. This is where scholarship and community engagement are the most powerful in creating the change needed to move forward. Keep up the great work!

    I work with first generation, underrepresented communities of students who face many adversities and work hard to be the first in their families to earn a college degree and fulfill their dream to be advocates and leaders in their communities. I look forward to reading more of your work and cheering you on as you move forward into leadership positions and run for elected office!

    THANK YOU for all that you do and for stepping up as a leader.

  • ccontreras
    Apr 21, 2013
    Apr 21, 2013

    I am very proud of all of your accomplishments for such a young age! And I feel honored that you are representing all of us Latinas in the United States. I enjoyed your piece and I know that you have so much more to share with the world. Your parents had a tough life and I can imagine how proud they are of you. Sigue adelante amiga! :-) Suerte xoxo Cynthia from Florida, USA (Guatemalan American)

  • amymorros
    May 01, 2013
    May 01, 2013

    Your story is so inspiring! At a young age you have been very active and have ambitious plans for the future. Certainly, this country is lucky to have you here making a positive contribution.