Marco Martinez was born in Mexico, and resides in New Mexico. After spending more than two years in foster care, Marco became an advocate for children and youth in 2011. In 2015, Marco served as a youth consultant to the collaborative work group that successfully created the New Mexico Prudent Parenting Standard and Policies supporting young people having normalized experiences while in foster care. In 2017, he participated in the Youth Leadership Institute at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and was selected as an Annie E. Casey Youth Fellow. Marco attends Central New Mexico Community College pursuing a double major in Languages and Nursing. Some of his hobbies are swimming, hiking, cooking, and advocating. He enjoys advocating because it allows him to meet new people and witness people coming together as one.
“I believe that in order to create change in the world, everyone’s voice should be heard.”