Rocio Ortega: 2013 Honoree
Rocio Ortega is a first-generation Mexican American who developed a passion for advocating education as a way to help young women become independent and successful.
After undergoing media training with GlobalGirl Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from under-served communities around the world through new media leadership training, Ortega became aware of Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation. She started a Girl Up chapter at her East Los Angeles high school to raise awareness and funds for girls living in developing countries to be safe, healthy, educated and counted. In 2012, she was promoted to Youth Champion of the campaign. As a former U.S. House of Representatives Page and Intern for U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in 2012, Ortega and a delegation of Girl Up members worked with her Representative's office to gain support and help pass the End of Child Marriage Bill.
Ortega is currently a sophomore at Wellesley College where she was elected Senator for MEZCLA Club to represent the Latina population in student government. She continues to stay busy with Girl Up at both her high school and college chapters while also working with Women's Voice Now - a non-profit group that empowers Muslim women through media. Ortega is an ambassador for Running Start, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing young women to politics as well as an Alumna Intern for the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project, enhancing and building the leadership potential of California's Chicano/Latino youth.
Ortega loves watching documentaries, Victoria Justice and basketball.
To learn more about Rocio, click here to watch her honoree video!