20 Latinitas Under 20

Ana Ruiz

Ana Ruiz, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Ana Ruiz Age: 17 Heritage: Hispanic Hometown: El Paso, Texas Volunteer Experience: Volunteering at nursing homes, working with children, leading art workshops for younger kids, helping out around school, writing for Latinitas Magazine and helping recruit new members for clubs and community activities. What challenges has she overcome? She was accepted into a challenging early… Read more

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Yuri de Leon, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Yuri de Leon Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Age: 19 Volunteer Experience Yuri is a young lady that is definitely a leader. Even thou she has two jobs; she finds time to help her community. Yuri helps elementary kids do their homework; due that their parents don’t know English. When ever someone needs to go to the doctor,… Read more

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Stephanie Meneses: 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name Stephanie Meneses Age 17 Hometown Las Vegas, Nevada Volunteer Experience: I organize events at school such as a campus beautification where it gives students an opportunity to volunteer and receive community service hours for cleaning up trash on campus. I also organize a national event that is called Dimes for Down Syndrome where the school donates spare… Read more

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Maribel Velazquez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Maribel Velazquez Age: 18 Hometown: Volunteer Experience She is actively involved in LULAC. She sits as the district 3 director for youth. She is constantly trying to better the community through service and get others around her to do the same. She has outstanding volunteer hours, with over 100 hours of service completed in her high… Read more


Dianne Calix, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Dianne Calix Age: 18 Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico Volunteer Experience I’ve been in LULAC for 4years and it is also an honor to be LULAC Youth VP of southeast. I motivate people to be part of LULAC and also volunteer in the community. We do fundraisers to be able to have enough money to go… Read more

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Makayla Santiago, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Makayla Santiago Age: 19 Hometown: Volunteer Experience Makayla is a part of the sorority Sigma Gamma Phi in which she participates in community service events throughout Western New York. She is passionate about putting an end to bullying and works closely with the organization Kindness Above Malice. She loves to make people feel welcomed and she… Read more


Lauren Swerdloff, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Lauren Swerdloff Age: 16 Hometown: Hollywood, California Volunteer Experience Since 2009, Lauren has been volunteering at the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides free health care services to more than 58,000 homeless, low-income and uninsured individuals per year, in the Los Angeles community. As a volunteer, Lauren has been commited to helping underpriviledge… Read more


Elizabeth Gonzalez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Elizabeth Gonzalez College: Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) Age: 19 Hometown: El Paso, Texas Volunteer Experience: She has volunteered extensively throughout her life with the following groups: Animal Rescue League, Corpus Christi Church Can Food Drive, La Posada Home Inc. Shelter for Battered Woman, Ascarate Park Environmental clean up, DaVita Kat Walk and Latinitas Magazine… Read more