Esteban Urias was raised in the southern border region between El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Through a strong personal drive and family ties, he was able to overcome the several obstacles encountered during the peak of the violence in the border region. He was awarded the Gates Millenium Scholarship and completed a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a second year medical student at University of Michigan Medical School and plans on becoming a neurosurgeon.
Abrianna Morales, a seventeen-year-old student from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a sexual assault survivor, activist, and advocate for sexual assault survivors’ rights and empowerment. After being sexually assaulted at age fifteen, Abrianna was inspired to create the Sexual Assault Youth Support Network (SAYSN): an organization that focuses on the support, empowerment, and connection of youth sexual assault survivors and those that support them. Through her work with SAYSN, Abrianna has had the opportunity to share her story and devotion to advocacy as a speaker at TEDxABQ Women 2017 and as an expert witness for NM Senate Bill 55, a bill brought forward by NM Sen. Jeff Steinborn, to extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session. In addition to her work with SAYSN, Abrianna also held the title of Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen 2018. This fall, she will be attending the University of New Mexico to study Political Science and Psychology.
D’Angelo McDade is the Executive Director of the Peace Warrior Organization which empowers youth to create proactive change within their communities. As a student at North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) of Chicago’s West Side, D’Angelo held the role of Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and co-founded the Peace Warrior Organization Summer Employment program. Prior to serving as the Executive Director of the Peace Warrior Organization, D’Angelo served as Interim Intern Director of Operations at Galapagos Charter School and a Coordinator of Special Learning and Community Projects. D’Angelo is a nationally certified trainer of Kingian Nonviolence Reconciliation. Due to his activism in reforming gun violence, D’Angelo was honored with the Youth Activism Award. He is currently enrolled at Depauw University as a freshman, majoring in Educational Studies and Economics.
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