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Dr. Claudia Espinosa        

Founder & Executive Director of L.O.V.E. Mentoring; Social Entrepreneur; Changemaker

Meet Dr. Claudia Espinosa, the visionary Founder and Executive Director of Latinas On the Verge of Excellence - L.O.V.E. Mentoring-- a nonprofit organization that has become a beacon of hope for adolescent Latinas facing unique challenges, particularly in the bustling heart of New York City. With a profound commitment to reshaping destinies, Dr. Espinosa has dedicated her life to addressing critical issues like mental health and school retention, which disproportionately affect young Latinas and their broader Hispanic community.

Dr. Espinosa's mission is clear: to support and empower Latina youth and diverse young women by igniting their pursuit of success both in academia and life, allowing them to grasp their wildest dreams. Under her transformative leadership, the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program has crafted a comprehensive, health-centric curriculum, revolutionizing high school graduation rates, college enrollments, and encouraging healthier lifestyles among young women.

But this journey wasn't a given for Dr. Espinosa. In the year 2000, she ventured from Cali, Colombia to the exciting streets of New York City. Initially, she became a personal trainer to support herself as she embarked on a relentless pursuit of excellence, resuming her psychology studies in 2004, a journey she had begun in her homeland. She is a graduate with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Forensic Psychology, each adorned with magna cum laude honors from the City University of New York. Continuing her education to earn her second M.A. degree in Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She holds an Ed.M. degree in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has recently received her Doctorate in Education at NYU Steinhardt.

What sets Dr. Espinosa apart is her personal experience as an immigrant. A journey that fuels her profound understanding of the challenges one faces when carving a path to success in a foreign land. She knows that resilience, determination, commitment, hard work, and self-confidence are the cornerstones to surmounting obstacles like mastering a new language, adapting to a new culture, and separating from one's family. Her own remarkable success in conquering these very challenges provides her with the unique credibility to be a role model, guiding, and supporting young Latinas and other young women to reach for the stars.

Dr. Espinosa's story is one of unwavering determination, unrelenting commitment, and unparalleled leadership. Through her incredible journey, she has become a symbol of hope, lighting the way for the next generation of young Latinas and diverse women to achieve new heights. To collaborate with L.O.V.E. Mentoring is to join hands with a beacon of empowerment, a force of change, and an agent of excellence.

Speech Topics

Leadership: Empowering Change Through Lived Experiences

Intentional leadership can empower and uplift communities, foster a culture of inclusivity, and promote progress. More specifically, leaders with lived experiences help to ensure that the design and implementation of direct services are tailored to address the specific needs of the community they serve. Leaders with lived experiences are directly affected by social issues that allow them to develop real strategies to address those challenges. This gives them insights to inform and improve systems, research, policies, practices, and programs. These leaders inspire others to take action alongside them.

Education: The Intersection of Education and Health: A Holistic Approach to Empower Young Women

The critical intersection of education and health plays an integral role in young women's empowerment and overall well-being. This dynamic relationship emphasizes the importance to see health and education as interrelated, focusing on addressing and promoting health factors such as mental, reproductive, and physical health to attain both academic and professional achievement.

Young Women’s Issues: Self Confidence and Growth Mindset

A mindset can determine the development or unevolved state of an individual. A growth mindset can increase self-confidence. Growth mindset people believe they can develop themselves and their skills with the right amount of effort, discipline, and guidance. Relatable role modeling can help youth, particularly young women to develop their state of minds to believe in their innate potential to reach their goals.


New York Nonprofit To Celebrate 10 Years of Spreading L.O.V.E. to Latina Youths
A mentorship program based out of New York City has had one aim in mind since its inception: to uplift young Latinas without support access due to socioeconomic deterrents. Latinas On the Verge of Excellence, also known as the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program, gives young girls the opportunity to excel beyond school with knowledge of mental, reproductive and physical health youths often face in secret.
The L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program Just Celebrated Its 10th Anniversary – Here’s What Its Latina Founder Had to Say

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