On my paternal side, my ancestors have come from the Guamares, Tecuexes and Caxcanes tribes from Jalisco, Mexico. I still have relatives in Jalisco.
I am the descendent on my maternal side of natives from the Rarámuri (also known as the Tarahumara) tribe located in Chihuahua, Mexico.
When the Conquistadors arrived in Mexico, the Rarámuri were forced away from their fertile land and into the barren Copper Canyon. In recent years they have become renowned for their amazing running abilities, but they have also been facing challenges like drought, poverty and difficulty obtaining access to education. I suggest watching this free documentary on YouTube to find out more about the challenges the students face going to school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKoO18-3yL8
Project Rarámuri is a program that I am launching through my nonprofit Computing Minds aimed to bring more educational opportunities to them. Click the button below to find out more.
My great grandparents on both sides of my family immigrated to the United States from Mexico.
My abuelitos spent most of their time working in the fields picking crops, but also did construction work and worked in recycling plants.
My family still lives in Mexico, San Diego and Los Angeles but I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Center for Native American Youth is a very impactful organization and supports Native Americans to have more opportunities.
Fundacion Tarahumara Jose A. Llaguno has several impactful programs, including an education program that supports almost 600 people.
American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) offers internships to indigenous students and offers a mentoring program for leadership development.
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