This month, we are excited to highlight a staff member who has been part of the Amigos family for a long time and is now an essential part of our organizational leadership.
‘Juanito’ grew up in Santa Cruz and was just a kid when our founder, Pat Torpie, first began to raise funds to buy supplies for the local school. He is now part of the new generation of leaders that Amigos supported through education. After graduating from High School, Juan became one of the organization's first university scholarship recipients, and the 2nd person in all of Santa Cruz to achieve a bachelor's degree!
Juan remembers that 20 years ago, the only way to earn a living was as a fisherman or a farmer, and few prioritized education. He witnessed how Santa Cruz slowly started to diversify and develop with Amigos' help, and he is glad that young people today have more options and more power over their future.
"Amigos Vocational Training Center, CECAP, has supported the younger generation of Cruceños over the last ten years and is allowing them to learn new skills and grow as professionals. I'm happy and excited to be part of this organization and help develop my community."