Mireya Luna is a passionate and dedicated individual with over fifteen years of experience working in social services. Ms. Luna devoted nearly ten years to Family Focus, a social services agency that provides a variety of programs designed to promote the wellbeing of children and the strengthening of families. As Program Coordinator, she implemented and managed several programs and campaigns that focused on advocating for the rights of immigrants. One of these programs was a citizenship initiative that guides individuals through the naturalization process, serving thousands of immigrants yearly. She also assisted in the implementation of a nonpartisan biannual civic engagement campaign, designed to increase voter participation among new citizens.
Mireya earned her Bachelor’s in Spanish Literature and Language from Northern Illinois University and holds a teaching certification from the state of Illinois at the secondary level. She is confident that the National Urban Fellows Program will allow her to continue to expand her work in creating positive change in the lives of those who have been pushed to the margins of society.
Mireya completed her NUF mentorship at the Girls, Inc. National Resource Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she worked under the leadership of the Latina Initiative Project Manager, Dr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez. Her main focus at Girls, Inc. was to directly support Dr. Bonilla-Rodriguez in the piloting of several strategies designed to increase the number of Latina girls served by the organization. Mireya also assisted in collecting data to evaluate the effectiveness of comprehensive Girls, Inc. programming, as well as created a guide for Girls, Inc. program facilitators on how to address the college readiness needs of Latinas.