Nancy Rosado-Santiago is a long-time community activist and educator who helps younger people with issues of personal and social responsibility. She dedicates herself to prevention and awareness.
Rosado-Santiago joined her teachers, leading by example, to create a successful career and master’s degree for herself.
From motivating people to improve their physical and mental health, to helping to establish one of the area’s first all-ages summer camps.
She said that “we must work together to reclaim the spirit of our nation and promote a positive reputation for its residents. Our District must make a commitment to continue changing the way we view community, and that starts with education. I am very proud of the work we are doing. The involvement of older adults and education of younger students are critical elements to forming healthy relationships that will pave the way to our dreams.”
Rosado-Santiago is presently employed by the DC Branch of the United States Court of Appeals.
Rosado-Santiago serves as membership chair for the Interfaith Community Mental Health Initiative.
In addition to her various volunteer projects, she also designs her own apparel line, with a mission to teach young people about life’s “most important and enduring lessons and qualities.” The brand, Bella Rosado-Santiago, specializes in “heart-felt performance wear inspired by the determination and ingenuity of a teacher leading by example.” She also pens a blog, highlighting important “storyboards” by younger people and they write on them in sign language.
Rosado-Santiago said, “I’m very happy to have this opportunity to be honored by TIME Magazine, as a well-deserving person who strives for positive change for our District. It is my hope that TIME will share my story with its readers and lend a voice to our youth who are working every day in the District to serve as agents of change. The Time For Reading (T4R) Initiative helps all members of our community read, each year, to 5,000 low-income families and our young people who come to each T4R Reading Night!”