My name is Osman Canales and I was born in EL Salvador.
I'm a resident of the Town of Huntington and attend Suffolk Community College where I'm majoring in psychology.
I am the founder and president of Long Island Immigrant Students Advocates, an organization that advocates for immigrant rights and access to higher education for all immigrant students.
What I like most about Long Island is its diversity and beautiful places. What I like least is its segregated communities.
My message to young Latinos: Be proud of your culture and who you are; never forget where you came from; always remember what others did for us to be here; never give up on your dreams -- nothing can stop you from pursuing your dreams! Also, get active, give back to your community and advocate for the rights of Latinos, immigrants and all Long Islanders.
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