Jésus Aguilar

Jésus Aguilar

Professional Mentor

Jesus was born in California to two extremely committed and hardworking Mexican parents, the family of 6 eventually moved to Aurora, Illinois. There Jesus graduated from Aurora West High School and as a senior in 2007, he enlisted in the Army National Guard. In the Summer of 2008, before attending Infantry School, he had the opportunity to work for the C5 youth foundation in Killeen, Texas as a camp counselor for middle schoolers. It was this experience that would eventually lead Jesus back to Texas. Jesus attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and majored in political science and international conflict. While at UIUC, Jesus was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the track/cross country club, a tutor at the local high school, and was the president of the global law brigade. He had the chances to study and volunteer abroad in Austria, Italy, Ecuador, and Panama. Post college he desired to keep helping others in the non-profit sector and got a job for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin area as an education director at Wooldridge Elementary. While at BGCAA Jesus held a multitude of roles over the years and was responsible for the quality, training, mentoring, coaching, on-boarding of the organization. With these professional and personal experiences Jesus comes to Friends of Austin in hopes of reducing the knowledge gap of his mentees and cutting the learning curve by teaching that only through action and perseverance one can cultivate their hopes and dreams into realities.

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