Arely Amezquita was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she has always been able to live and love her Mexican culture and roots. Making trips to Sonora, Mexico, to visit grandparents, aunts and cousins was part of Arely’s upbringing and continues to be a prized tradition to this day.

Arely attended Luz Academy of Tucson, a charter school that served a large population of Latino students, where she was able to complete dual credit classes with Pima Community college. After graduating, she attended The University of Arizona, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Spanish. During her college years Arely volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and as Planned Parenthood. In 2013, she studied abroad in Dominican Republic where she discovered her true passion towards community development and minority health. Arely participated in the development of a gender and culturally-sensitive intervention performed in Tucson for men of Mexican origin that was later published in the International Journal of Obesity.

After graduating college, Arely served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua for two years. As a community health educator, she served and collaborated with community members educating on pressing women’s health issues, health prevention practices for youth and adults, HIV/AIDS education and advocating, youth and grassroots community development.

In the position of Community Health Educator, Arely works with the Familia Adelante Project serving middle school aged youth in several south side schools. She facilitates the afterschool prevention program using an evidence based curriculum designed specifically for Latino youth.