Lucia Pedroza
Senior Organizer, Heartland Workers Center

I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I came to the United States at the age of 12 and grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. I am the Senior Organizer at the Heartland Workers Center (HWC), where I have been able to develop my leadership through civic engagement. One of the HWC’s main goals is finding, training, and developing community leaders who will be acting together to make change happen. I am also pursuing a Sociology degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Currently, I am a board member for the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table and I am part of the Women’s Fund of Omaha’s Policy Advising Committee. I am also a proud mother of two boys, Santiago and Andre. My children, family, and friends inspire my work every day. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising and spending time with my kids at home. I hope that one day, we will have many more people who will work to build communities that work for all people and for future generations.

What’s different for kids now compared to your childhood?

Jill K., Council Bluffs

human trafficking and drugs are a big problem…not safe to send kids to the park by themselves…pressures from the internet, like bullying and not realizing the internet is forever, e.g. jr high posts affect college applications and jobs

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