Jenifer Sarver embodies the core values of success: resilience and grit. She says one has to “bounce back up, face challenges, face them head-on, learn from them, dust [oneself] off, and move forward.” Sarver grew up near the U.S.-Mexico border and is now the owner of Sarver Strategies in Austin, Texas. In 2018, she ran to represent Texas’ 21st District in the United States Congress. Her family was always civically engaged, primarily in their church community. She was able to understand that while she may not have grown up with much, she was privileged in comparison to many people in her community. Whether she was adopting families in Colonias so that they could celebrate Christmas, or expanding her communication skills within the political realm, Sarver developed an understanding of how important it is to ensure that everyone has a voice. She has remained consistent and grounded in her views, and after high school, decided to pursue a life in public service.
Da’Shayla Foard, an incoming senior at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, is already well versed in politics and the issues that face her community both at school and in Dallas as a whole. Not only is she the incoming Student Body President at her high school, but she is also a member of the Young Women’s Advisory Council for the Texas Women’s Foundation- a Dallas based nonprofit that seeks to make women full participants of an equitable society and create leadership and economic opportunities for women and girls across the state. Through this organization, Foard has developed her understanding of complex social and political issues. This, coupled with likely several binge sessions of Law and Order and Criminal Minds, gave rise to her aspiration to achieve a career in the legal field as an appellate attorney.