We Are O.NE. Jackie Chavez

We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.

I have always been someone who likes a challenge. I have lived in Omaha most of my adult life. I left for LA in 2011 after graduating from UNO and lived there for a few years to see what big city life was like. It was amazing, it was hard, it was exhilarating but ultimately not a place I felt like my most authentic self. I see myself as a passionate and ambitious individual who tries to make the most of opportunities and challenges as much as possible.

Living in Omaha has shaped me into being a person with authenticity – a genuine down to earth woman that has discovered how much Omaha can offer and the gem it is.

Since leaving and coming back I have come to appreciate Omaha more for what it has given me, how it has shaped my life and how my family and friends here are the most beautiful people I could have in my life. Being in Omaha is being rooted in family and close friendships.

How do you make a difference in this community? 

I like to think I make a difference for the company I work for, the volunteering I do and the people I come into contact with every day. I helped form a Latina Youth Leadership Camp in Omaha 10 years ago called LIVE (Leading Individuals, Voicing Equality). Since its inception in 2007 it has given young Latinas in Omaha and surrounding areas a place to grow in leadership, education, culture and faith. I am very proud of this camp. It has been a gift to be able to give back to my community and to be able to make a positive difference in young women’s lives.

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