Antonio Ramirez is a YouthBuild graduate leader based in Rockford, Illinois. He joined YouthBuild to gain construction skills but quickly found opportunities to develop other interests especially the community service helping youth. After completing YouthBuild, Ramirez joined the program staff as alumni coordinator and completed the YouthBuild USA Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship certificate program. He has been a youth advocate and mentor to students at his YouthBuild program, an active member of the Illinois State YouthBuild Coalition, president of YouthBuild USA’s National Alumni Council, and vice president of his community college’s Association of Latin American Students. This spring, Ramirez graduated from Rock Valley College, where he served as commencement speaker, with an associate’s degree in Human Services. He plans to run for public office.