Lesley Del Rio

Lesley Del Rio

Lesley Del Rio

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After leaving high school to work full-time to make more money, Lesley Del Rio, a first-generation Mexican American young woman, found out she was pregnant. Lesley enrolled at Florence Crittenton, a high school for young mothers that provides on-site child care and support specific to the needs of young mothers. While at school, she held various leadership positions that helped her to identify and develop her passions and strengths. She also became a Colorado Youth Matter CREATE council member, which exposed her to the world of advocacy, and how important it is to advocate for teen parents who do not have the skills to do it for themselves. She identified a need for education within her school and successfully advocated for and created a club focusing on teaching comprehensive sexuality education to teen moms. After graduation, Lesley enrolled in college at the Community College of Denver. In addition to pursuing her education, she was hired as the first of two Youth Advisors at the Colorado Department of Public Health Environment, serving as a youth advisor to state agencies and local organizations on issues related to youth sexual health and youth-adult partnerships. Lesley thinks that sharing her story is important because teen parents are often not exposed to inspiring stories of achievement and stability after becoming pregnant.