Jorge was born in Nogales, Mexico, but grew up in Tucson, AZ. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors Degree from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, majoring in Criminal Justice Studies and a minor in Sociology. During his last semester at the University, Jorge was an intern for Amistades Inc. where he was able to engage the community while being part of many diverse programs, events, forums, and conferences, which gave him a better understanding of the needs and problems of the diverse communities of Tucson, AZ. Prior to his academic career at the U of A, Jorge was part of the United States Marine Corps where he was able to learn many different leadership skills and received his United States citizenship. In his current position, Jorge will be focusing on designing and implementing programs aimed to prevent and reduce substance abuse and HIV/HVC/STI transmission among different racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth.
Jorge has had a passion for improving people’s lives and overall well being. He is a strong advocate on improving the positivity and sustainability of the community. After taking a tour of the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center/Court he decided that he wanted to work with at-risk youth. He is a dedicated father of two daughters striving to make his community a better place for all families and youth.
He has volunteered at events that help improve communities like the Segundo de Febrero: Chicano Art Festival & Car Show and was a part of Comcast’s annual community beautification event; Comcast Cares Day.