Nichole Gamez Sierra was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. As a native Tucsonan, Nichole has experienced the needs that our Latino communities are faced with. Growing up, Nichole knew that she wanted to be involved in social work in relation with education. She truly believes the statement by Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” She is passionate in providing inclusive education and the tools to reach equity opportunities.

She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science from the College of Education, majoring in Literacy Learning and Leadership and a minor in Spanish. Nichole had the opportunity to volunteer while in school with several agencies that have provided her with the skills needed to actively engage as a social worker. Her volunteer experiences include organization such as: Homeland Security, Pima Community College Adult Center, TIHAN, and La Paloma Academy.

Nichole’s current position at Amistades is as a Prevention Wellness Coach, she is working with youth on primary prevention of alcohol use, marijuana, and other substances. The program incorporates activities, the facilitation of educational lessons, outreach, and coalitions with the involvement of youth. The ultimate goal of the program is to create healthier and safer youth.

In addition of her passion for education, Nichole has a bigger passion that is her Son Sebastian. She wants to make the difference today, that Sebastian will experience tomorrow. Nichole also has a supportive husband, Juan who is joyfully contributing to her mission by setting an example for Sebastian.