Gina Rodriguez Empowers Youth Through Message of Education

Gina Rodriguez joins Clinique’s Difference Makers where she shares what her childhood was like growing up in Chicago. The actress talks about the big influence that her parents are in her life, and how their support and push for education is what got her where she is today.

 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)

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Her one change was to turn education into empowerment. “I grew up in a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Chicago, gang-infested, the neighborhood schools are probably the lowest in the city and the belief was that, ‘This is it, this is the neighborhood that I grew up in and this is the neighborhood that I’m going to die in.’” As a result of that, kids got caught up in a cycle of “can’t” and “won’t” because of where they lived. Many of these kids don’t have any role models, so they think that joining a gang or the streets is their only solution.

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