Union City is the most densely populated city in the country with mainly a Hispanic immigrant population. Teen pregnancy, gangs and drugs abound. When she and her husband had their baby, they contemplated moving to another community. Instead, they planted their roots firmly in Union City.

“I have lived here for seven years, and I kept complaining,” she said. “I know these kids have huge potential but they are being shown everything negative. I got tired of complaining. If given the right tools, I fully believe in my community’s capacity to move forward.”