Wednesday, December 28, 2016

ILieen Ramirez Representing with Pride her Mexican and Guatemalan Culture at Rose Parade

Art photo credit to: Kaiser Permanente and Photo credit to: David Carreto Photography
Ilieen Ramirez selected to participate on Kaiser Permanente’s 2017 Rose Parade® Float Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Watts Counseling and Learning Center (WCLC).
At only 11 years old, Ilieen Ramirez is dedicated to helping the community, especially the children who have lost a loved one to Cancer and those who have been victims of crimes.
“Kids Can Cope taught me that I can develop from my grief,” says Ilieen Ramirez. She continues “I learned that I don’t have to stay in this position forever, that it’s OK to cry, but that I can move on.”
Due to her dedication she will have the honor of being in the tournament of roses in the float of Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center representing Kids Can Cope.
Photo credit to: David Carreto Photography
“All of the emotions in each stage of grief…I’ve felt them before. It feels good that I get to show others how to get through this. I get to tell them what I learned through my loss and show them they’re not alone.” concluded Miss Ramirez.
Ilieen has received a recognition as one of the youth leaders of 2016 for being an example and pride of the New Generations of Guatemalans in U.S.A.
Also here is what Kaiser Permanente Southern CA Region stated on a press release on December 14, 2016, about Ilieen Ramirez: “Through her participation in the WCLC, Ilieen has begun to heal from these painful experiences. Now, she gives back to the community by helping other kids who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Ilieen honors her grandparent’s memories by participating in community events that help youth to build character and develop self-esteem, confidence, discipline, and empathy. At just 11-years-of-age, Ilieen exemplifies the importance of community support and the beauty of giving back.”