Despite being born in the United States, Monica did not speak any English as a child. When her classmates spoke to her, she would respond only in Spanish and had a difficult time making friends. Working with her school translator taught her the importance of language skills.

When it came time to think about her High School senior project, Monica knew she wanted to volunteer at an English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Her positive experience learning English inspired Monica to want to help others learn English in her community.

Every Wednesday night, Monica volunteers at the ESL class at the Y. “I know how it feels to not be able to communicate or understand, to always depend on others. Now I can help others with something I struggled with when I was little.”