Grad Standout: High School 'Big of the Year’ to study human services in order to continue giving back

She watched her father get deported and her life got turned upside down. But instead of becoming bitter, she became better!

Isabel Delgado is graduating from Western High School in Anaheim and couldn’t be more excited about her future.  

Turns out, her future has been largely shaped by a decision she made in the past. Three years ago, Delgado started volunteering as a “big” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County high school program.

“The one on one time I’m able to spend with my little, Vivian, has allowed us to create such a strong bond that I will forever cherish,” said Delgado.

Her mentoring efforts aren’t only helping young people, they’ve helped Delgado personally grow…'big time.'

“Being chosen as this year’s High School ‘Big of the Year’ has truly been an honor. Being a big has also taught me to be resilient, to be confident, to better my self-esteem, and be there for others in my community as well,” Delgado said.

Delgado admits being a big ignited her passion to serve. She started working with Project S.A.Y (Support Anaheim’s Youth) and decided to tutor neighbors in her community. She also started volunteering for the city of Anaheim’s S.T.A.R.S (Study-time, Arts, Recreation, and Sports) program.

Delgado plans to continue reaching for the stars at Cal State Fullerton this fall as studies toward a degree in human services.  

Her message to the class of 2020: 

“I know this year ended the way we didn't want it to. COVID took away our senior year, but it didn’t take away our passion to succeed. So remember, we are capable of anything we set our minds to. Congratulations, class of 2020!