Jose   large product photo


Age 13.--Favorite Movie: King KongGoing.-- into the 4th grade

Many volunteers have described Josè as an old soul or an older wise man trapped in a young man’s body. These are very accurate description and demonstrate just how amazing he is.

Josè has experienced much hardship his entire life. Just two years ago his father passed away from complications due to severe alcohol abuse. The loss of his father’s income placed tremendous pressure on Josè’s mother to support the family. She was forced into prostitution and began drinking heavily as well. Unfortunately, this year his mother was brutally ganged raped and suffered injuries that will keep her dependent on the care from the hospital for the remainder of her life.

Josè is both a thinker and a doer. He takes time to contemplate his words and actions before moving forth. It was from this trait that Josè’s natural talent as a photographer poured forth during the photography project done in July. José’s pictures were the most talked about and most purchased than any others. It was quite difficult for the professional photographer to select his two best for the exhibition.

Josè l would like to become a carpenter. He enjoys craft making, and has a natural ability in Math. Jovenes Juntos found an extremely positive private school to start in the next school year, only 6 weeks away. This school is a far distance from his home, however in his own words, “vale la pena, que bonita!”- it would be worth the pain, how beautiful!.

Jovenes Juntos has covered the inscription cost for Josè’s new school, however an additional funding is needed to cover transportation, school supplies and lunch. In addition, Jovenes Juntos wants to provide weekly counseling and continue the weekly activities.