School: East Chapel Hill High School

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Jesus Peralta Porras

A junior at East Chapel Hill High School, Jesus Peralta Porras aspires to help others by helping their futures blossom to their fullest potential. Most passionate about immigration policy and empowering students of color, Jesus is a member of the Minority Student Achievement Network, through which he advocates for educational equity in Chapel Hill Carrboro Schools. Not only does he teach other students how to advocate for themselves but he also engages with teachers about how best to empower students of color. He recently joined the national Students Against Violence Everywhere student board, where he will continue to advocate for students of color. He also interns at Partners for Youth Opportunity, working to level the playing field for students of color. Jesus plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business, create his own makeup brand and support aspiring makeup artists and local LGBT organizations. He aspires to use all his force for good.