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Juan is a recent award recipient from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!

 

Juan Terrazas is no stranger to adversity. At five years old, Juan’s parents migrated from Ciudad Juarez to Dallas, TX. At age 14, his father was deported to Mexico, and his mother returned to care for her dying father. Juan decided to stay in Dallas because he realized the importance of obtaining an education. At the age of 15, Juan began to jump around from place to place. Living an unstable life in the inner-city of Dallas, Juan was determined to graduate high school and overcome his obstacles. In 2008, Juan graduated from North Dallas High School. Shortly after, he received his associate’s degree from El Centro Community College. While He lived in Dallas, Juan volunteered his time at the local Youth With a Mission base (YWAM) to mentor the youth. In December 2014, Juan moved to Northeast Atlanta, GA, where he currently resides. In 2015, Juan released his first published book, Left In America (LIA), where he shares his journey of the obstacles he overcame as an undocumented immigrant. LIA became a nonprofit in 2015, and the organization partners with YWAM to impact the youth in Dallas. Juan is the main speaker of LIA. Since 2018, Juan has been working at the Path Project. The Path Project provides opportunities for Juan to mentor the youth in trailer park homes by guiding them in their academic journey and spiritual growth.

In recent years, Juan has been invited to speak at his high school Alma Mater, North Dallas High School. He has also spoken to the students at El Centro and Eastfield Community College in Dallas during their Hispanic Heritage Month 2016. The Stand Together Foundation has put together a blog along with a short video about Juan’s immigration journey.

Alone in America: An Undocumented Child’s Journey from Solitude to Solidarity

In 2015, Juan was able to apply for advance parole as a DACA recipient, which gave him permission to travel to Mexico to see his parent for the first time in over a decade. Since then Juan has become a U.S. Citizen as of January 2020. This coming December in 2020, Juan will be graduating from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin with a BA in Communications and a minor in Psychology. This is one of his greatest accomplishments yet and a promise he made to his family. Juan likes to inspire and motivate the youth to reach their full potential.

“Juan likes to inspire and motivate the youth to reach their full potential.”