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?

A Resident, Building Healthy Futures

Kids would go outside after dinner to play at various neighborhood homes and wouldn’t return home until dark or later. Not so much today.

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