After a difficult childhood in Mexico, then a tough transition to life in the United States, Veronica Bustillos knew it was her calling to mentor teenagers in need.
“My Goal is to empower students.”
Simple yet powerful.
At Murray High School in Utah, she is changing the lives of at-risk youth by becoming their advocate and support system through her inspirational mentorship program.
An Advocate for Teenagers
“I had a pretty rough home life in Mexico. I felt really abandoned. When I came to America, I had great parents, but I just wasn’t getting it.”
As a teen, Veronica often felt discouraged and didn’t know who to turn to for support. In her mentorship program, she provides the support she didn’t have to the teens at Murray High.
“I remember that one person that did have my back, and I want to be that person for someone else.”
She works with students to empower them and be that safe place they can go with their personal and educational struggles. She understands the power of validation and having a cheerleader in your corner.
“My role is to empower students, and I want to make sure that my students feel a place where they can be themselves.”
Student Mentorship Program
Veronica had one student who lost his dad and uncle in the same year and was abandoned by his devastated mother. He was left raising his little sister at the young age of 14. By the time he made it to high school, he was exhausted from the responsibilities of adulting.
“The odds were stacked against him for graduating high school. But he’s graduating early.”
That is the power of Veronica’s program.
The kids can trust again. They believe in themselves again.
“If they are struggling with anything, I help them get back up; I help them believe in themselves.”
This mentorship program at Murray High School goes much deeper than just supporting kids. It’s a vital support system that sets them up for success in life.
To Miss V and her students, they are a family, and for some of these students, it’s the family they never had.
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