Youth Justice Apprentice
Arturo Villa, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, is the son of immigrants from Chihuahua, Mexico. Having been fortunate to watch a couple family members attend and complete a higher education, Arturo followed in their footsteps and attended the University of Denver. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Spanish. There, Arturo experienced multiple challenges, like culture shock, discrimination, and tokenization, that helped him understand how little resources and support are available to underrepresented students in the higher education system.
In light of that, he is committed to helping underrepresented youth, like him, accomplish their goals either during high school, after high school, or in higher education. Arturo excels in being a role model and leader, and he is motivated to share the knowledge, wisdom, and resources he has to support future youth. Being aware of the inherent racism that exists in society and its negative impact on communities of color, he hopes to work towards true equity and liberation for and alongside his community. Arturo believes that by working with CCFC to achieve transformative justice for youth impacted by the school to prison pipeline, we can create opportunities for youth to share their stories and live their lives free of criminalization.