AURORA, Ill. – Last Thursday, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, joined local leaders in the Latino community to discuss Latinos in public service positions during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Metea Valley High School.
“These young men and women deserve to know how powerful they are and what they’re capable of accomplishing,” said Chapa LaVia. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to encourage them to set goals and pursue their passions.”
Chapa LaVia and other panel members answered questions from students, sparking discussions on numerous topics including immigration, education and military experience. The focus of the discussion was on encouraging students, especially minorities, to work hard and know their worth.
“It was empowering to hear Rep Chapa LaVia talk about her experience in the Army and how that led her to become a legislator,” said Jyotsna Balmuri, a student at Metea Valley. “Strong leaders like Linda and the other panel members are amazing role models for students like myself.”