Veronica Valenzuela was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Embracing her Mexican-American roots, Veronica has sought to make connections and assist her community. Understanding the importance of youth and their impact on the future, Veronica is focusing on youth development and empowerment for her professional career. Her passion is to work with underserved and underrepresented communities and strives to address health disparities.

Veronica works to continuously give back to the community and does so through a variety of outlets. She has volunteered through Beads of Courage, JAWS (Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports), Youth on Their Own, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Veronica is the Project Coordinator for the Los Jovenes Opioid Prevention Project, Barrios Saludables Project, and Leaders in Action. In Los Jovenes, she works with Latino youth in three border school districts and surrounding neighborhoods to prevent opioid use among the youth. Through facilitating in Barrios Saludables, Veronica works with Latino youth to prevent substance misuse, including opioids, and implements workshops for parents and community members on the Rx Drug Toolkit and trauma informed care. In Leaders in Action, Veronica engages youth through youth leadership, prevention education on substance misuse and cultural enrichment. She is involved with school lunch time activities, town halls, home-visit cafecitos, and community health and safety events through these projects.