Giovanni Escobedo, a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, moved to the United States at the age of 16 in search of a new beginning, opportunities, and a better education. Giovanni, like many immigrants, faced challenges upon his arrival to this country; however, he never forgot his childhood dreams of attaining a college degree. In 2013, Giovanni received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, which gave him access to many of the opportunities he was denied in the past. He was then able to take classes in the community college and transfer to a four-year university. Giovanni has been fully immersed at the local, state, and national levels of government, addressing the most pressing issues in education.Giovanni is a senior at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley pursuing a degree in political science and a minor in legal studies. Giovanni plans to pursue a JD/MPH to work in healthcare policy and law. As a Texas Civic Ambassador, Giovanni hopes to gain the necessary leadership skills to advance, motivate, and represent his community around the Rio Grande Valley.