From the Westside of Chicago to the World
Cortez was born 1lb 7 oz, in poverty and neglect. He found Dreams for Kids online. In his words, he was “fighting his way out of high school.” After attending one of our youth leadership We Are The Change conferences the fight was over. Cortez was transformed by the possibilities of what his life could be and how he could change the world. After being elected vice president of his class, studying hard and working in the community, Cortez was awarded a scholarship to DePaul University. He graduated with honors and was chosen by the State Department to be one of 50 U.S students to study overseas to help increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, and peaceful relations. He is an International Youth Ambassador with World Chicago and is contributing to our new social entrepreneurship curriculum.
Cortez recently was awarded a scholarship to Graduate School of International Policy and Management to study for a Master of Arts in International Education Management and Public Administration (IEM/MPA) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Cortez is what’s possible. If you are a student, you too can achieve your dreams and make an impact.Become a leader today Get Involved