Esteven (Esto) Juarez

Esteven (Esto) Juarez

Program Director, Urban Outreach Initiative

ejuarez@uainc.org

Esto’s journey to Urban Alliance is far different from everyone else’s, as he is a product of over 15 years of pursuit by our Outreach Initiative. During his teenage years, Esto founded and led a gang in the Edison Neighborhood, during this time he made many decisions which nearly landed him in prison for life. Esto shared this, “my life was a mess, the options at that time were life in prison or eventual death due to my choices. However, the Lord had a plan for my life and led me down a different path filled with light, life, and joy.”

Esto is now the Director of the Urban Outreach Initiative at Urban Alliance, this is what he has to say in regards to why he does this work. “I remember the times in my life where I was broken, lost and without direction. But, there was someone that continually showed up in my life, someone who loved and cared for me.” Esto believes that through his position he is now able to demonstrate that same love, care, and compassion, with the hopes that those he interacts with will find new life and transformation.

When he is not working, you can find Esto in fellowship with his family in friends whether that’s at the beach or in his back yard grilling out.