Zorytza Rodriguez, 12th District Winner, 2012 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine of Cook County Award

Zorytza Rodriguez is an inspiring twenty-five-year-old woman with many amazing accomplishments already to her credit.

Zorytza was frequently told by her peers, “You can’t succeed because you can’t talk.” At age eighteen, Zorytza set out to achieve three goals: go to college, give a speech and find work to be passionate about.  She accomplished all three.

Zorytza is now employed part-time at Access Living.  She speaks effectively on empowerment of youth with disabilities and on the need to be more independent in the direction of their lives.  She has developed into a vocal trainer and advocate of Spanish speaking women and girls with disabilities.