Denice Ocana

Position: (she/her/hers)

Hi there! My name is Denice and I’m an August Virgo. I’m a very organized and ambitious person and I love to swim and bake. I am a Youth Action Organizer with YouthNPower.

Why is this project important to you?
This project is important to me because the child welfare system is in need of change for the mental, physical, and emotional health of the children.

What do you hope to accomplish in this project?
I hope to achieve our priorities and a betterment of the child welfare system for all its current as well as future transition age youth.

What have been some of your experiences in the project?
My team and I have planned and executed speeches for a delegation of New York lawmakers as well as begun to write blogs. Most recently, we have begun interviewing each other about our own lived experiences for our storytelling work. These experiences have made me feel connected with them as well as more vulnerable and confident in myself.

What are your hopes and dreams for other young people?
I hope that they heal from their past traumatic experiences and follow their heart into what they want to do.

Denice’s Favorite Things:

Color: Bright Red & Sage Green
Animal: Sea Otters & Sloths
Hobby: Yoga & Swimming
Food: Pozole & Chicken Wings
Beverage: Kombucha & Tepache
Zodiac Sign: Virgo Sun, Aquarius Rising, Taurus Moon