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Jocelyn Ramirez Is La Jefa Behind L.A.’s Beloved Todo Verde

Jocelyn Ramirez, is a plant-based chef, college professor and yoga instructor who started cooking at a young age. Like so many Latinas, her earliest memories can be pointed back to the hours she spent in the kitchen during family parties. There, she’d watch closely as family members interacted with her abuela, learning recipes and referring to her wisdom on how to craft certain meals. Jocelyn says that this experience is what ultimately inspired her to be a foodie and start her own business.

But before she became the founder of Todo Verde, the business owner tells us in the latest “Las Jefas” episode by mitú that tragedy had a big part in the design and ingredients of her recipes.

When her father was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, Jocelyn rode around the city of Los Angeles hoping to create plant-based superfood smoothies that would help him gain back his strength and health.

But, as she made her way around L.A. and searched for healthy food options, it became apparent to her that there was an extreme lack of access to such foods in her neighborhood. Meanwhile, it was at this time that, Jocelyn also began taking over family meals. She’d taken notice of her family’s food habits and wanted to help. Her family’s health issues had inspired her to make sure they treated their bodies better and nurtured them with healthier options.

That’s when her family members began to comment on how good she was at cooking.

“So they just started to say ‘wow you’re really good at cooking, you enjoy it so much, you should do something with it,'” Jocelyn tells us.

So she did.

In 2015, she started Todo Verde with a mission to create plant-based meals inspired by Mexican and South American cultures. “We’re really trying to target a millennial Latina who can still eat things that are still healthy but still culturally relevant,” she explains. “And we ‘re trying to provide a lifestyle journey with her.”

When she first started Todo Verde the menu started with superfood smoothies and aguas frescas.

Now it’s exploded to so much more. Today, Todo Verde boasts a variety of healthy eats including horchata made with black rice and activated charcoal, jackfruit fajitas and mole nachos.

“I always thought that food was just a hobby but I never thought that it would be a career choice where I would quit my job and start from scratch,” she says.

For Latinas looking to merge their culture and passion, Jocelyn has one key piece of advice.

“Follow your dreams and open up businesses that you’re passionate about.”

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Harvard-Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

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Harvard-Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

With her family crowded around her computer, Santa Ana High School senior Stephany Gutiérrez anxiously checked the status of her college applications. Like most students, Gutiérrez had her heart settled on top schools but unlike so many, she was accepted into not one but four Ivy League colleges.

In an emotional video, Gutiérrez and her family react as they check the status of her admission to find that she was accepted into Columbia University, Brown, and Dartmouth.

Gutiérrez was recently accepted into Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia.

The daughter of undocumented immigrants and with dreams to become a pro-bono attorney, Gutiérrez was accepted into four of the five colleges she applied to. No surprise, she also got into her first choice, Harvard.

“It was difficult, my parents are still illegal immigrants here in the United States. Their support in particular has been excellent, my father and mother have always told me that education is the way to get ahead,” Gutiérrez explained in a recent interview with Univision.

In the video, Gutierrez reads off her acceptance status to each school to her extremely thrilled parents.

“I got in!” she can be heard saying of her acceptance to Columbia University and then the other Ivy League schools.

“It took like an hour or two for the news to settle in,” Gutierrez explained in an interview with CBS. “I was in disbelief. I was like, wait, actually, let me go back and read all of it, maybe I missed a part, but, yeah, it’s starting to settle in. It’s very exciting.”

Gutierrez’s mentor Gloria Montiel-Itzel, an alumna of both Santa Ana High School and Harvard, underlined in a recent interview that it takes more than good grades to get into Ivy League schools.

“I think it’s a commitment to something other than themselves,” she explained about Gutierrez and two other seniors (Oziel Flores and Cielo Echegoyen) in her class who were also recently accepted to Harvard. “And I think all three of them, in different ways, have really shown that they care more about their community, their school and making things better for others, and I think that’s something that Harvard really loves.”

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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