We have provided you with a few comments from some of our friends!
The first time I
saw Roy speak was my freshman year at Eastlake high school. He was absolutely fantastic! He touched all of our lives, even the students whom did not seem to care! Personally, he gave my life
perspective when I thought I was lost! Roy is humble and sweet on and off stage. Off stage he is accessible and willing to help! His story has a message that can be related by all. Roy is a wonderful
human being that gives “his all” to help others. I would greatly encourage everybody to hear him speak it’s something that will change the way you see life, a change for the
Julie Ruiz – El Paso,
Eastlake High School
Independent School District
Roy has spoken at
Legacy High School twice as well as Cathedral of Joy church, both in Tri-Cities WA. Roy connects with students and adults alike and you can hear a pin drop when he's telling his story. My students
live rough lives but Roy gives strength to them to move past their obstacles and succeed in life! We look forward to having him back soon!!
Michelle Puls Holmes – Kennewick,
Counselor Legacy High
Roy Juarez came to Cesar Chavez Middle
School and connected with our students from the first words out of his mouth. Our students struggle with the same things that Roy does, so he was able to put hope in their hearts and allow them to
trust in their teachers. We are all in this together. Si Se Puede!
Shelby Lynn Liebler – Detroit,
Cesar Chavez Middle
7th Grade English Language
Roy Juarez, Jr., came to visit the
students in our school district’s alternative schools and talk about his difficult youth with these students who have many difficulties in their own lives. His earnest caring for the students, who
might not have been homeless but nonetheless may have come from troubled homes, was clearly evident to all present. The students were able to identify with his struggles and appreciate his triumph
all the more. His presentation touched many of these students who had appeared cynical as they first walked into the room, defying anyone to teach them anything! Their overwhelming acceptance of Roy
at the end of his presentation was indeed moving!
Oralia Gonzalez (Retired) – Pharr,
Director of Federal/State Compensatory Education
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District
I saw Roy speak
at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute's National Conference in 2012 and he was absolutely phenomenal. Not only was he a fantastic orator with great stage presence, but he emotionally
touched me in a way most orators have not. Roy's story is incredibly relatable and possesses a universal lesson. He is also very approachable when off stage. I would encourage everyone to hear him
Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez - Reno,
Student Advisory Board President