Silvia Ortega, along with her twin brother were born in Santa Ana, California in the year 1987. She is one of seven children born to immigrant parents who came to live in Rubidoux, Jurupa Valley in 1988. Raised in very humble upbringings Silvia at an early age was taught the values of faith, education and leadership. She became the first in her family to attend a four-year institute and earned a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Hospitality Management from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
During her adolescence, Silvia participated in Jurupa Unified School District Youth Opportunity Center where her leadership skills flourished. As a youth and government delegate for three consecutive years, Silvia developed public speaking skills while presenting and writing bills in the State Capitol in Sacramento, California. After many years of her exemplary character, at a young age Silvia was awarded the prestigious Character Counts Award, which honors those who demonstrate the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Silvia works tirelessly to educate communities on the importance of supporting pregnant parents and home visitation initiatives, as that is where health and education begin. As an advocate for health, her community work has been noted in various counties. She has been invited to participate in conferences to speak and volunteer in many community walks to raise awareness for various topics concerning the wellbeing of entire communities. Ortega’s pledge is to be active in her community to end mental health stigma and other important health disparities and inequalities.
For several years, Silvia has been working in the nonprofit sector. Through her work in El Sol NEC as a Family Support Worker for pregnant mothers and their families, she became an integral part of the accreditation process for the Home Visitation Expectant Mothers Program. As a paraprofessional, Silvia has shown an exceptional capacity to engage with families, young children, and professionals. She is devoted in making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable families and communities. As a home visitor and community health promoter, Silvia empowers families to create healthy and solid educational foundations for their children before they enter the school system, and thus set them up for a bright and successful future at a young age. She believes firmly that parents are their children's first teacher and their home is their first school.
After discovering her love for public health and prevention, Silvia has invested much of her time in obtaining certificates in Professional Life Coaching, and Community Health Work from Loma Linda University and El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center- Promotores Academy. To create positive social change, she believes in the power of popular education, which encourages people to teach and learn from each other about issues that matter most to communities. Because of Ortega’s dedication, passion and love for education she was elected to be the governing board member of the Jurupa Unified School District, trustee area 2. Silvia Ortega, has a philanthropic heart that allows her to inspire and support younger generations to achieve success. Silvia finds joy in working side by side with community members to create strong and healthy foundations for families and children. She promotes and lives by her motto:
“Together, we can be the positive impact in a child’s life and change future generations to come”