Youth Development Specialist
Ramiro Vazquez Jr. has a vast amount of experience in youth development and engagement. Prior to joining YCB he served as the site coordinator for the Children’s Defense Fund’s American Indian Freedom program. This work was in partnership with the All Nations program at South High school providing culturally specific afterschool activities. In addition, Vazquez has also worked the Minneapolis Youth Congress as Green Committee Coordinator.
He is a first generation college student, with a focus in urban education. His love and appreciation for his Native American culture has played a large role in his life’s work both personally and professionally.
In partnership with the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) Vazquez has helped enforce the importance of voting amongst the Native American community by canvassing the Little Earth Neighborhood.
“Voting gives people the opportunity to shape their community and impact the future and future seven generations,” says Vazquez.
He believes that opportunities are vital for youth to shape and mold the city that they live in. As an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota he understands the barriers that exist for young people of color.
Vazquez is devoted and dedicated to centering youth in the decision making in Minneapolis and envisions it as a city that supports youth from all walks of life.