Global Conference 2016
Jalyssa Alvarado is an advocate for Save the Children's Early Steps to School Success program. A mother of three from the small community of Alpaugh in California's Central Valley, Alvarado credits the program with helping her learn how to support her children's development through reading to and talking and playing with them. Her children are now thriving in school, and Alvarado gained the confidence to go back to school herself. During Alvarado's own childhood, her mother was in and out of her life and her father was absent. At 16, Alvarado was left to care for five younger siblings when her mother went to prison. At the end of her senior year of high school, Alvarado had her first child and got married. With her husband's support, she became determined to give her own children the best chance for a brighter future, despite the economic challenges the family faced. Alvarado has just completed a clinical medical assistant program at San Joaquin Valley College, where she was secretary of her class.