Adult Facilitators

Adult Facilitators handle the logistics and execution of the conference. Adult facilitators  work behind the scenes to make the conference come to fruition, year after year.

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Abigail Marroquin
Program Director

Participated: 2012

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Bryan Agustín Bañuelos Jacobo
Co-Leadership Development
[He/Him/El]
Participated: 2018

Bryan was born in a little town in Sonora México called Magdalena de Kino. That’s where we grew up until 6th grade when he and his mother and sister came to live in Las Vegas NV.  His mother is from Tepic, Nayarit. He is a proud immigrant. Bryan did LYLC in 2018 and was part of the white Familia and has been a part of LYLC ever since. He appreciates LYLC for giving him a community where his story is heard and where he can develop friendships with people like him.

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Iliana Diaz
Co-Leadership Development
[Ella, She]
Participated: 20--

Iliana was born and raised in East Las Vegas to Mexican immigrant parents. She has the privilege of calling her the University of Nevada, Las Vegas her alma mater where she obtained a Bachelors in Romance Languages. Iliana participated in LYLC in 2014 and came back as a peer facilitator for four more years. Community organizing is her passion and is fortunate to work side by side with community members as a Promotora de salud. When Iliana isn’t connecting the community to resources, she enjoys roller skating, sewing and playing with her dog, Miklo.

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Lin Martinez
[She/Her/Ella]
Co-Lead Recruiter & Data Coordinator
Participated: 20--

Lin is a first generation college graduate who obtained her Bachelor in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice from UNLV. Her mother migrated to the U.S from Mexico and worked hard to instill the importance of education at an early age. Lin participated in the Latino Youth Leadership Conference in 2015, as a facilitator in 2017, and has been co-lead recruiter since 2020. Currently, she works at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from American University. Lin’s passions include: Trying new ice cream places with her daughter, Star Wars, traveling, and her community.

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Yaritza Ileana Morales
[She/Ella]
Co-Lead Recruiter & Data Coordinator
Participated: 2013

Yari had the privilege of being born into an enormous Guatemalan family and was happily raised in between Las Vegas and Guatemala. She is a first-generation University graduate having earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She participated in the LYLC as a member of the Grey familia back in 2013 and has served in many roles since including LYLA Executive Board, LYLC Peer Facilitator, and LYLC Adult Facilitator. Yari has a passion for education, spontaneous travel plans, and being the author of her own story.

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Miguel Garcia-Quintero
[He/Him/El]
Recruiter
Participated: 2011

With the start of his existence dating back to the last millenia, Miguel was thrust into this world with Jalisciense roots thanks to two enterprising individuals. Transplanting to Las Vegas in ‘08, he eventually participated in LYLC in 2015. After which he took on the positions of Peer Facilitator, Trainer, and Recruiter among the LYLC staff. Academically he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and hopes to break into the world of renewable energy. When he isn’t selling his labor he enjoys community work, nature, spontaneous creative projects, and quality time with those he cares for. Plus some pan dulce never hurts.

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Anel Rojas
[She/Her/Ella]
Recruiter
Participated: 20--

Anel Rojas attended the Latino Youth Leadership Conference in 2003 and subsequently became a peer facilitator for two years and served as part of the LYLA Executive Board following her participation in the conference. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned her  Masters of Education from UNLV and is excited to embark in a PhD program in her alma mater over the next few months. Anel currently works for the University of Nevada’s Extension in Clark County coordinating the AmeriCorps 4-H Program and has been a resident of Las Vegas for over 20 years Anel has two daughters, ages 5 and 10, and is passionate about access to higher education for underrepresented students, baking, traveling, and all things Star Wars. 

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Jazmin Anahi Lopez
[She/Her/Ella]
Co-Family Engagement Coordinator
Participated: 2017

Jazmin was born and raised here in Las Vegas but has roots planted in Durango where her parents are from. She participated in LYLC in 2017 as Purple Familia, where she gained a passion for our organization and returned for two more years as a peer facilitator. Jazmin is also a first-generation graduate who earned her Bachelors in Nursing from UNLV and is now practicing as a Registered Nurse. This was definitely her calling and she hopes to serve her Latinx community through more education in medicine in the future. When Jazmin isn’t in scrubs working the hospital hallways, she will most likely be either listening to Banda, going on adventures to try new food/experiences, or perfecting her role as the “young, cool” aunt. 

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Nathalie Martinez
[She/Her/Ella]
Co-Family Engagement Coordinator
Participated: 2015

Nathalie Martinez is a proud Latina of Colombian and Salvadoran roots who can’t say no to a delicious buñuelo colombiano or pupusa revuelta. She is a 1st generation college graduate from UNLV and is currently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology. In 2015, she participated in the LYLC as a member of the Blue Familia and served as a Peer Facilitator in 2016 and 2017. Now serving as the Co-Family Engagement Coordinator since 2019 her goal is to connect familias with community resources and uplift Latinx students to pursue their academic and personal goals. When Nathalie isn’t doing research or studying languages, you can find her running outdoors or dancing to cumbia or reggaeton. 

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Jesus Diaz Jr. 
Communications Specialist
Participated: 2013

Jesus was born in South Lake Tahoe, CA and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He recently Graduated with an Associate of Business Degree in the Spring of 2019 at the College of Southern Nevada. When he is not at work or school, you will find him spending time giving back to the community, playing soccer, or enjoying time with his friends and family. He aspires to be the best he can be every day and to give back to others like others have given to him. 

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Lizbeth Vega-Santiago
[She/Her/Ella]
Communications Specialist
Participated: 2017

Lizbeth is a proud Mexicana; born in Mexico City and raised here in Las Vegas. Liz is a first-gen, undocugrad from Nevada State College. She has a passion for DEI work and plans to pursue a Master's degree soon. Liz participated in the LYLC in 2017 as part of the Red Familia and came back as a Peer Facilitator in 2019. Her goal is to continue serving her community and empower other first-gen, undocu students to pursue higher education. When Liz is not at work or school, you can find her spending time with her family or out on the town with her friends.