Selected by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia Valerie Flores has been dedicated to serving her community from a young age. She has volunteered hundreds of community service hours as an explorer for the Montebello Unified School District Police Department and through service opportunities focusing on reaching young people in her community, including reading to young children, drug use prevention education, and personal safety workshops. She has volunteered for her high school on security details for events such as “Welcome Back to School,” “Back to School Night,” “National Night Out,” football games, and graduations. Valerie was a founding member of the “All Girl Color Guard” and has performed in various ceremonies. Valerie received her Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice from Cerritos College and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California Merced. Upon graduating, Valerie began her career as a Behavior Technician. She provided direct applied behavior analysis treatment to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Currently, she is working with her local church community in an effort to provide resources to those less fortunate. She assists in the coordination of local outreach and community conferences, and the opening of the church’s food bank.