Born in Guyana, Jose arrived to the United States in 2000. Highly protected in his upbringing by his mom, grandmother,and grandfather, he attended schools with minimal resources and motivation. His family did everything to make sure he felt like he wasn’t missing anything and guided him with support and love. As a kid he always admired the government, but he didn’t know how to get involved or learn more about it. His passion to create a better environment for his family and friends was built into him growing up. Always curious about political issues such as civil rights, he started college and made a commitment to himself to change the world into a better place. In 2017 he interned for the Council Member of Ydanis Rodriguez and also helped on the campaign for Ben Kallos, both of which heightened his desire to pursue political studies and his knowledge of how the system works. One of his favorite quotes is “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them” by Chris Grosser because as a college student he has realized that he will have to hunt for opportunities and will always need to work harder to reach his goals. Jose is now looking forward to his next opportunity contributing to the Future Pathways Challenge, part of the Innovate NYC Program, to discover ways in which youth from under-resourced communities can be enabled and bridge the gap between education and employment.