20 Under 20

Every year since 2018, LatinxEd launches North Carolina’s only competition focused on elevating Latinx youth leadership across the state. 

Do the following criteria describe you or someone you know? We want to know how you or they are advocating for your community! Check out our application and/or nominate someone you know to be selected for our next cohort of 20 Under 20 Leaders.

We believe those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. A lack of representation of Latinx youth leadership has prevented strategic planning processes from being truly representative of the changing face of this state, especially when planning local and state investments and policy-making.

LatinxEd seeks to build a trusted network of Latinx youth leaders who are ready to take the next step in their leadership journey and join LatinxEd in advocating on behalf of the Latinx community. Our 2021 cohort will include a total of 20 Latinx youth leaders who are willing to tell their story and eager to develop their storytelling abilities. These students have likely navigated challenges within the education system and understand the various barriers faced by Latinx immigrant families. We are looking for students who are actively playing a role to advance their Latinx community via education.

During the 2022 Spring semester, students will receive:

+ Mentorship opportunities that strengthen their confidence and deepen their understanding of educational initiatives impacting the Latinx community
+ Workshops that build on their storytelling and leadership skills to refine their voice when advocating for Latinx education issues
+ A community and platform that uplifts their experiences and vision for their Latinx community across the state

During the 2022 Spring semester, students will:

+ Co-create a 2-3 minute storytelling piece regarding challenges and opportunities in advancing Latinx student success in North Carolina
+ Engage in virtual monthly workshops, bi-weekly mentorship calls, and four community events
+ Contribute to an education series, which will include participating in a tecito – Instagram Live event
+ Become active members in LatinxEd’s network of education leaders, a group of Latinx community members interested in participating in education efforts at the local and state level.

Our Ideal 20 Under 20 Leader is…

+ Committed to LatinxEd’s mission, vision, and values
+ Identifies as Latino/a/x or Hispanic
+ A current student or graduate of a school in North Carolina
+ Under the age of 20; born after December 31, 2001.
+ Resident of North Carolina*

*U.S. citizenship is not required. 

What are we looking for?

We have 3 main criteria:

Vision

We’re looking for students who have navigated challenges within the education system and understand the various barriers faced by Latinx immigrant families.

Voice

20 Under 20 Leaders are also students who are willing to tell their story and eager to develop their storytelling abilities.

Valor

Ultimately, 20 Under 20 Leaders are students who are actively playing a role to advance their Latinx community via education.

Application Process:

Once applications are reviewed, a select group will be chosen as semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will then be invited to submit video submissions to select the top 20 Leaders. 

These 20 Leaders will join our network of Latinx youth leaders throughout North Carolina who are ready to take the next step in their leadership journey and join LatinxEd in advocating on behalf of the Latinx community.

20 UNDER 20 TIMELINE

November 4th: Applications & Nominations Open
November 20th: Priority Application Deadline
November 29th: Final Application Deadline
December 10th: Semi-Finalist Video Submissions Due
December 17th: 20 Under 20 Leader Decisions
January 5th: All Candidates Notified
January 13th: 20 Under 20 Announcements
January 29th: 20 Under 20 Virtual Retreat
February 5th: Meet Your Mentor
February 12th: Monthly Workshop #1
March 5th: Monthly Workshop #2
April 2nd: Monthly Workshop #3
April 23rd: Virtual Open Mic
Post-April 23rd: Regional Open Mic

APPLICATION DETAILS

The priority application deadline is November 20th, 2021. The application consists of general applicant information, open-ended responses, and other documentation that best represents your qualifications. 

FAQs

What is next after 20 Under 20?
LatinxEd recognizes that it takes a village to create sustainable change. The 2021 cohort is one of many, and they will be part of a network of youth Latinx leaders eager to impact Latinx education across the state.

Do I need to be able to speak Spanish?
Nope!

If you would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, please contact me at ian@latinxed.org. I’m also happy to help if you have any questions or need additional time to fill out the application. Schedule a brief meeting with me here!
Ian Hammet

20 Under 20 Program Assistant, LatinxEd

20 Under 20: Class of 2020

Adriana Hernandez

> Greene Early College High School

> Snow Hill, NC

> Mexico

Angel Cruz Salvador

> Durham School of the Arts

> Durham, NC

> Mexico

Cesar Hernandez

> UNC Chapel Hill

> Mount Airy

> Mexico

David Gonzalez Hernandez

> UNC Greensboro

> Siler City

> Guatemala, El Salvador

Diana Gabriel

> Western Carolina University

> Shelby, NC

> Colombia, El Salvador

Guillermo Estrada

> Wayne School of Engineering

> Pikeville, NC

> Mexico, Uruguay

Jacquelinne Marroquin

> Jordan-Matthews High School

> Siler City, NC

> Guatemala

Jose Alex Reyes

> Hugh M. Cummings High School

> Burlington, NC

> Mexico

Lara Crochik

> Cary Academy

> Cary, NC

> Brazil

Laura Saavedra

> Charlotte Country Day School

> Charlotte, NC

> Colombia

Leslie Hernandez

> UNC Greensboro

> Yadkinville, NC

> Mexico

Lucero Rocha de la Cruz

> UNC Chapel Hill

> Hillsborough, NC

> Mexico

Luis Solorzano

> Appalachian State University

> Charlotte, NC

> Peru

Mariana Vasquez Gallardo

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Boonville, NC

> Mexico

Marleny Nolasco

> UNC Chapel Hill

> Dobson, NC

> Mexico

Nancy García Villa

> Surry Early College High School

> Dobson, NC

> Mexico

Oriana Barrios

> Forsyth Technical Community College

> Kernersville, NC

> Venezuela, Colombia

Sebastian Rios

> North Carolina State University

> Efland, NC

> Mexico

Susana Villanueva-Gonzalez

> Central Carolina Community College

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Yadira Paz-Martinez

> Sampson Early College High School

> Clinton, NC

> Mexico

20 Under 20: Class of 2019

Anayeli Garcia Villa

> Surry Early College High School of Design

> Dobson, NC

> Mexico

Andrea Prego

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Nicaragua

Cristo Daniel Salazar

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Yadkinville, NC

> Mexico

Emily Garcia-Perez

> Cape Fear Community College & Eugene Ashley High School

> Wilmington, NC

> Mexico

Esperanza Hernandez

> Duke University

> Durham, NC

> Mexico

Flor Macias-Chavez

> Campbell University

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Gustavo Sosa Macias

> Duke University

> Lumberton, NC

> Mexico

Henry Cruz Reyes

> City of Medicine Academy

> Durham, NC

> Honduras

Jayson Sanchez

> Challenger Early College High School

> Hickory, NC

> Mexico

Jose Yair Castellanos Gallegos

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Boonville, NC

> Mexico

Juan Castro

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> High Point, NC

> Guatemala, El Salvador

Kairy Bautista

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Honduras & El Salvador

Karina Moreno Bueno

> Duke University

> Burlington, NC

> Mexico

Kennie Torres Rosado

> South Mecklenburg High School

> Charlotte, NC

> Ecuador

Liliana Rivas

> North Carolina State University

> Raleigh, NC

> Ecuador

Lucia Lozano Robledo

> Elon University

> Chapel Hill, NC

> Colombia

Marcella Pansini

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Mooresville, NC

> Peru

Marisue Peralta Macias

> Rolesville High School

> Raleigh, NC

> Ecuador

Melanie Godinez-Cedillo

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Weaverville, NC

> Mexico

Suzy Brito Lagunas

> Lee Early College High School

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

20 Under 20: Class of 2018

Alexa Jimenez Escribano

> Heritage High School

> Wake Forest, NC

> Puerto Rico

Alexander Acosta

> East Henderson High School

> Henderson, NC

Angel Gaona

> UNC-Chapel Hill

> Kinston, NC

Axel Herrera Ramos

> Duke University

> Durham, NC

> Honduras

Camilo Corrales

> UNC-Chapel Hill

> Raleigh, NC

> Colombia

Cristo Carrasco Mendoza

> Wingate University

> Charlotte, NC

> Mexico

Jasmine Pineda

> Southern Lee High School

> Sanford, NC

> El Salvador & Guatemala

Jennifer Patino-Perez

> Guilford College

> Greensboro, NC

Jennifer Te Vazquez

> UNC-Chapel Hill

> Burlington, NC

> Mexico

Jesus Peralta Porras

> East Chapel Hill High School

> Chapel Hill, NC

Johanna Ramirez

> Nesbitt Discovery Academy

> Fairview, NC

> Honduras

Leslie Acosta Padilla

> UNC-Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Honduras

Maria Lopez Gonzalez

> Meredith College

> White Oak, NC

> Mexico

Mariana Herrera Caro

> Leesville Road High School

> Raleigh, NC

> Colombia

Nathalia Diego Cruz

> Wake Tech

> Raleigh, NC

> Mexico

Nayeli Reyes Rivera

> J.D. Clement Early College High School

> Durham, NC

> El Salvador

Olivia Rojas

> Lee County High School

> Sanford, NC

> Peru & Puerto Rico

Paulina Romero

> Lee County High School

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Sam Gomez Olvera

> UNC-Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Mexico

Saul Rodriguez

> Guilford College

> Greensboro, NC

> Mexico

Change does not come alone, it is the culmination of all of us.

Jesus Peralta Porras