Rocío is an 18-year-old student from Cusco, Peru. The constant presence of violent behaviors in her community opened her eyes to the distressing situation of gender violence that Peru faces. As an advocate for social justice, Rocío co-created FUTUPLAN in 2018. FUTUPLAN empowers teenagers from vulnerable communities to dream and set goals through integral sexual education, life planning, and gender violence awareness & response workshops. Their workshops have reached 3 of 13 communities so far.
Rocío is a Latin American Leadership Academy (LALA) alum. She participated in LALA’s 2018 Leadership Bootcamp in Medellín, Colombia. There, she connected with experienced social entrepreneurs who are now advising her to improve FUTUPLAN. At LALA she also met two young Latin American leaders from Colombia and Brazil with whom she is co-creating GirlTalk, a platform that seeks to coach young female Latin Americans who wish to develop social impact projects in their own communities. Furthermore, her LALA experience strengthened and reassured her desire to work with social causes. Rocío plans to study Economics and aims to become a social entrepreneur to address her region’s most pressing issues.