Angelo Pedroza, 15, is excelling in the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement program, and is looking forward to making a name for himself by using his experience to helping others.
The Portage High School sophomore was nominated for the year-long program by the League of United Latin American Citizens, and enjoys sharing information though public speaking.
“One of the great things about SLYCE is that it’s never held in the same place. We go to different towns throughout Northwest Indiana (each month),” Pedroza said.
“We constantly learn about the area we live in and experience techniques to become a better leader.”
Pedroza’s most recent speech detailed Portage Mayor James Snyder’s impact on his town and surrounding community.
“My interest in leadership is to help everyone. No matter who it is I want to be the voice that stands up for the little guy, the person who is not afraid to strive for what he believes in,” he said.
“Knowing that everyone is listening, and paying attention to every word you say is a very good feeling.”
The son of Elliott and Millie Pedroza, of Portage, he is one of five siblings. In addition to maintaining a 3.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, he plays baseball for the Portage High School Indians.
To continue to help others, he plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy to become an aviation pilot.
“I want my name to be known. I want for my name to be the name of a great leader, such as Gandhi or Martin Luther King. I want to leave a legacy and also help the community of Northwest Indiana,” he said.
In his spare time, Pedroza enjoys playing piano and is forming a Youth Council for the League of United Latin American Citizens, Duneland Council, in Portage.