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Minnesota National Guard
Serving Her Community And Country

Michelle Rose Amparan is a great example of a young Latina serving her community and country Michelle was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to parents Oscar Israel and Eunice Amparan, both parents were born in Mexico and move to Minnesota and settled in Saint Paul with their family


Michelle attended Harding High School and this is where her community involvement had its start In 2005, her sophomore year, Michelle joined the Jovenes de Salud (JDS), an organization whose purpose is to guide Latino youth to maintain healthy lifestyles and complete high school and pursue higher education JDS currently has programs in Harding, Johnson, Tartan, Henry Sibley and South St Paul high schools Participating in the JDS encouraged Michelle to focus on health issues and create awareness in the Latino community about the harms of tobacco use

Michelle and the JDS members are very active in outreach activities at churches and community festivals including the Cinco de Mayo and La Familia Latino Festival & Expo They also receive training from mentors on the effects of tobacco and other health issues that affect the Latino community Michelle graduated from the Association for Nonsmokers MN, as a Jovenes de Salud Apprentice and is currently a Promotora de Salud (community health worker)

While in high school, Michelle also was involved in the NJROTC and was planning on joining the Navy after graduation in 2008 Her ROTC commander took her to San Diego to a Navy base to see if this was a good fit and after a week Michelle felt she needed more time to think this through She decided to go to college for a year and decide what military branch she would join and chose the Minnesota Army National Guard Michelle completed two years at the University of St Catherine and deployed for a year overseas The National Guard was a good fit for Michelle who wants to learn a profession within the military and adapt it to the civilian side She is now studying Psychology and wants to narrow that down to a specialty career within that field, such as health psychology

Michelle will be transferring to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu for her junior year with a goal of gaining a doctorate in psychology Michelle plans to remain in the National Guard “I want to use my experience working in the military field and the community field as part of my research for my study” Michelle stated

Michelle’s older sister Abigail goes to Northwestern University and has a younger sister Melissa who is also enrolled at Northwestern Her younger brother George who is 19 just graduated from high school and is working at a bank

Michelle is a great example of many Latino youth in the Twin Cities who want to contribute to their community and country Thank you Michelle!

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