Hi, my name is Justin. I was born and raised in San Gabriel, California. I am currently a Junior at Gabrielino High School. As an infant, my dad had abandoned me, and I grew up with a single mother. I had to be very independent, responsible, and assured at a young age while overcoming many struggles, challenges, and hardships that I had faced. It was difficult for me to express my innermost feelings while striving to improve and having many amazing mentors supporting my future success. Self-care serves as a way for me to authentically live through the mistakes I have made and challenges I have faced. No one is perfect and our lives are not perfect, but as individuals, we have to persevere and overcome the tendency of misjudgment and self-doubt.
I serve as a youth coordinator at Foundation Ours INC, which is a nonprofit organization helping the shut-ins, the oppressed, the abused, and people living with mental illness. We assist for a healthier lifestyle in spite of barriers. We walk with the disheartened, the homeless, and the poor.
As a contributing member in our society, I believe that giving back and providing resources to others is an incredible way to spread awareness. I believe that “It takes a village to raise a valuable citizen” and I'm gradually forming and creating a wonderful village around me, which will surely help me attain my dreams and goals.