Jonathan Medina

Former Georgetown University Football Player and National Latino Youth Speaker
3rd-12th, Staff, Parent, Bilingual (Spanish and English)

Jonathan Medina is a former Georgetown University football player with an incredible story of overcoming adversity. He has made it his life’s mission to inspire students to dream big dreams, and to remind parents and educators of the vital role they play in a child’s life.

Having grown up in one of the lowest income communities in the U.S., Jonathan faced many hardships during his childhood. Estranged from his biological father and with his mother incarcerated during his middle and high school years, Jonathan was primarily raised by his grandfather.  A migrant field worker, his grandfather provided stability and a strong paternal presence to Jonathan and his siblings, teaching them the important lesson of, “En esta vida hay que luchar,” which means, “In this life we must fight.”

With immense effort and drive, Jonathan overcame obstacles and naysayers. Not only did Jonathan thrive academically, but because of his remarkable athleticism, he achieved his dream of being recruited by top Ivy League schools. Ultimately, Jonathan committed to Georgetown University in Washington D.C., one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions.

In his highly-interactive program, Jonathan inspires students to protect their dreams by avoiding at-risk behaviors such as bullying, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol. Most importantly, his various strength demonstrations show students, parents and educators how to fight “luchar” for a better and brighter future.

“I want students to know that their circumstances do not define their future.”

Jonathan Medina Impact

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Student Program

  • Students learn the importance of being well-rounded via academics, campus involvement and extracurricular activities
  • Students are challenged to achieve their highest potential in the classroom, with the ultimate goal of becoming lifelong learners
  • His message of, “In this life we must fight,” empowers students to make positive life and behavioral choices when it comes decisions that will impact their futures

Staff Program

  • Educators are reminded of the lasting impact they can have on a student’s life, motivating them to improve connections with their students
  • Educators learn how to connect with students of diverse backgrounds, helping them relate and communicate effectively in order to help overcome academic, social and cultural barriers

Parent Program

  • Parents are given guidance and examples of how to create a strong family unit
  • Parents of diverse backgrounds learn the power of education and why it is important to the success of their child’s future

Jonathan Medina Programs

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  • Elementary School (3rd-5th Only)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Staff
  • Parents

What people are saying about Jonathan’s Program

"Jonathan Medina’s program was interactive and very engaging! Students were responsive to the topics and participated well."

Laura Zimmer - Irving High School