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My name is Marco Antonio Castillo Gonzalez. I was born in San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León the 4th of September in 1986. During the first years of my life I lived in Apodaca, N.L but I moved here to Croc when I was in 3rd grade. During that time we moved because my dad bought a piece of land here in Croc and he built a little room to live. We moved to stop paying rent, and that is how we moved to Croc.

Here in Pesquería, I studied until high school. After that I had several temporary jobs from working in a factory to working in a convenience store packaging items. I also spent 6 months in a Methodist Seminary in Monterrey. I started volunteering in Imagina Youthfront Mexico at the same time I was working in a factory near Croc, and little by little I started to be more involved in Imagina until one day, they hired me. That was in 2007.

Several years after that, I started to study Education in the State University and at the same time I continued working in Imagina. Right now I am completing my internship and my social service to graduate.

My name is Maria Griselda Avalos Hernandez and I was born February the 3, 1989 in Hidalgo, Tamaulipas. Hidalgo is six hours away from Croc. When I turned 6 years old, I moved to Croc to study in elementary school and, 19 years later, I am still living in Croc.

Now, at 25 years old, I am studying psychology to help in a deeper way here in Imagina. I am applying the knowledge I have gained working here to my studies and hope to focus on either emotional psychology or in academic processes.

I have been working at Youthfront Mexico for seven years now. I have learned a lot from my co-workers and friends and this has been a very enjoyable time. Right now I work specifically with 3rd grade and also tutor a 4th grade student in Math and Spanish during the mornings.

The time I have spent working at Youthfront Mexico has been a true blessing and has taught me more than I imagined. I am excited about the opportunity to come to Kansas and see the other Youthfront ministries in action.

My name is Ana Karen Lopez Guzman; I’m 20 years old. I was born the 11th of April in 1994 in Monterrey Nuevo León but I have live my whole life in Pesquería N, L. Here I studied elementary, middle school up until high school. After that, I studied to be a gastronomy technician, supported by Youthfront Mexico with a scholarship. I love to cook; I believe cooking is a form of art, really fun and delicious. I’m also studying high school right now and I will be ending this march.

When I was 15 years old, I started to get involved in Imagina. I was invited by Christy and John Hansen, when they where the on-site directors. I immediately fell in love with the work here and with the children. I felt really excited and motivated to learn more about how I could help others better. Today, I can say I have learned more than I could imagine and working with others give me more than I ever imagined.

After 2 and a half years of volunteering, I was hired and became a full-time staff member of Youthfront Mexico and this year I will have 5 years in Imagina.

I really enjoy talking with the kids, and I like to read alone and with them. Their smiles help keep me motivated, they give away smiles very easily and without even thinking twice and those moments are what I really appreciate in life.

I also love photography, to learn about other cultures and to learn with my co-workers and friends. I believe God prepares good things for us and even when we have had hard times, we have seen good results in the kids that come and that is really gratifying. God takes us where we have to be and here in Imagina we all learn from each other.

My name is Silvia Aracely Castillo Gonzalez and I am 25 years old.

I love to dedicate a lot of my time to people who are in need. My parents are Salvador Castillo and Romana Gonzalez. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister.

When I was 14 years old, I moved to the United States to a Bible Institute. It was there I studied high school, thereby, I lived 4 years in the U.S. After my time in the States, I became a teacher in a private elementary school. That school was three hours away from my hometown so I lived there during those years. I worked there for three years.

When I quit working there, I got a scholarship so I could study “Psycopedagogy and School Management” and at the same time, I began working here at Imagina with a little girl with learning issues. After that, I was hired to be part of this community and I’m still here as the 5th grade teacher.

I love my job.

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