Youth Representative, World Young Men’s Christian Association
Daisy is a knowledgeable non-profit professional who has operated to further the YMCA’s mission at the local, regional, national, and global level, providing operational and policy leadership. Daisy is the Director of Youth Achievement & Community Engagement at Two Rivers YMCA in Moline, IL, USA. In 2019 she served as a delegate leader for the international YMCA175 event where she led eight Two Rivers YMCA youth to attend the leadership conference in London, England.
Daisy is a presenter and trainer for the YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation’s YMCAs. Teaching Youth Development, Societal Systems Change, & innovative strategies to becoming an equitable & Anti-racist multicultural organization.
Daisy’s involvement in YMCA global work culminated to represent YWCA at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women & the appointed representative of the World YMCA on the World Health Organization & United Nations Foundation Board of Directors project titled “the Global Youth Mobilization.”
Daisy is the recipient of the 2019 Y-USA 30 under 30, the 2020 Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs Diversity, Inclusion, & Global Engagement award, the 2020 Love Girls Magazine community Spotlight award, & the 2021 Illinois/Iowa independent living center Advocate of the Year award.
Daisy organized the “DREAM Fundraiser” for undocumented immigrants in the Quad Cities who did not receive a COVID-19 stimulus check. All funds were donated to the Esperanza Legal Assistance Center to distribute to immigrants through their COVID-19 Emergency Funds Project, a collaborative effort between the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Together we were able to assist 38 families & disbursed $16,780.
Daisy received her Associate in Science at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL & Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. During her time on campus, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Greece researching refugee migration. Daisy worked on campus at La Casa Cultural Latina where she coordinated Latinx Resilience Network workshops to teach Latinx students about mental health, coping mechanisms, & self-care.