ILieen Ramirez Representing with Pride her Mexican and Guatemalan Culture at 128th Rose Parade 2017

Photo credit to: David Carreto Photography

Ilieen Ramirez selected to participate on Kaiser Permanente’s 2017 Rose Parade® Float Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Watts Counseling and Learning Center (WCLC).

At only 11 years old, Ilieen Ramirez is dedicated to helping the community, especially the children who have lost a loved one to Cancer and those who have been victims of crimes.

“Kids Can Cope taught me that I can develop from my grief,” says Ilieen Ramirez. She continues “I learned that I don’t have to stay in this position forever, that it’s OK to cry, but that I can move on.”

Due to her dedication she will have the honor of being in the tournament of roses in the float of Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center representing Kids Can Cope.

“All of the emotions in each stage of grief…I’ve felt them before. It feels good that I get to show others how to get through this. I get to tell them what I learned through my loss and show them they’re not alone.” concluded Miss Ramirez.

Ilieen has received a recognition as one of the youth leaders of 2016 for being an example and pride of the New Generations of Guatemalans in U.S.A.

Art photo credit to: Kaiser Permanente and Photo credit to: David Carreto Photography

Also here is what Kaiser Permanente Southern CA Region stated on a press release on December 14, 2016, about Ilieen Ramirez: “Through her participation in the WCLC, Ilieen has begun to heal from these painful experiences. Now, she gives back to the community by helping other kids who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Ilieen honors her grandparent’s memories by participating in community events that help youth to build character and develop self-esteem, confidence, discipline, and empathy. At just 11-years-of-age, Ilieen exemplifies the importance of community support and the beauty of giving back.”

Text and Art photo credit to: Kaiser Permanente

Ilieen had the honor of participating in the inoculation of the Guatemalan Day Ceremony at the City Hall of Los Angeles by proudly entering with the flag of Guatemala.

Ilieen had the great honor of being crowned little princess Guatemala – Confeca in 2014,
Hispanic Beauty 2015,
Girl Independence UGE – Union of Guatemalan IMMIGRANTS 2016 and has just achieved the great honor of being crowned Miss Teen AGUA – American Guatemalan Association 2016/2017.

Ilieen is collaborating with her participation in Runway For Peace. Runway 4 Peace is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to STOP VIOLENCE by bringing together young people to create and show positivity within the Compton community.

Photo credit to: David Carreto Photography

Ilieen was recognized as the youth ambassador for her support to Culture and Education with Latinas Unidas Group with Silvia Montes.

Ilieen, was the special guest of honor of El Tipico Sabroson – Diego, during the 4th anniversary of Radio Centro America.

Ilieen participated in several parades of Central America and Mexicanos representing the Latino community. She was also present at La Calle 8, came out in Despierta America and Alma Vision TV Station.

Ilieen continues to have the great honor of modeling in community in productive events with several distinguished designers: Mrs. Gladis Pleitez, Mr. Marvin Bendana – Creative Studio, Natali’s Academy, Raúl Corona, Pasarela Boutique and Vero Cruz.


ILIEEN RAMIREZ, Representando con Orgullo su Cultura Mexicana y Guatemalteca en el Desfile de la Rosas 2017.

Eileen Ramirez seleccionada para participar en el flotador Rose Parade® 2017 de Kaiser Permanente celebrando el 50 aniversario del Centro de Consejería y Aprendizaje de Watts (WCLC).

Photo credit to: Iris Magallanes

Con solo 11 años de edad, Ilieen se a dedicado a ayudar a la comunidad en especial a los niños y niñas que han perdido a un ser querido por Cancer y los que han sido víctimas de crímenes.

Por su dedicación va a tener el honor de estar en la carosa de  Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center representando a Kids Can Cope.

Ilieen a recibido un reconocimiento como una de las líderes juveniles del 2016 por ser un Ejemplo y Orgullo de las Nuevas Generaciones de Guatemaltecos en U.S.A.

Ilieen a tenido el honor de iniciar la Ceremonia Día Del Guatemalteco en el City Hall de Los Angeles al orgullosamente entrar con la bandera de Guatemala.

Ilieen a tenido el gran honor de ser coronada Niña Guatemala – Confeca en el 2014, Nuestra Belleza Infantil Hispana 2015, Niña Independencia UGE – Union de Guatemaltecos EMIGRANTES 2016 y acaba de lograr el gran honor de ser Coronada Miss Teen AGUA – American Guatemalan Association  2016/2017.

Photo credit to: Carlos Davila Photography

Ilieen esta colaborando con su participando en Runway For Peace.  Runway 4 Peace es una organización sin fines de lucro cuya misión PARAR LA VIOLENCIA al reunir jóvenes para crear y mostrar la positividad dentro de nuestra comunidad de Compton.

Ilieen fue reconocida como la embajadora de los jovenes por su apoyo a la Cultura y Educacion con Latinas Unidas Group con Silvia Montes.

Ilieen, fue la invitada especial de honor de El Tipico Sabroson – Diego, durante el 4to anniversario de Radio Centro America.

Ilieen a participado en varios desfiles de Centro America y Mexicanos representando a la comunidad latina. También estuvo presente en La Calle 8.

Ilieen continua teniendo el gran honor de modelar en eventos comunitarios y productivos con varios diseñadores distinguidos : la Señora Gladis Pleitez, el Señor Marvin Bendana – Studio Creativo, Raúl Corona, Pasarela Boutique y Vero Cruz.

Art photo credit to: Kaiser Permanente

About Kaiser Permanente Float: Built by the award winning team at Fiesta Parade Floats, “50 Years of Helping People Grow,” measures 55 feet long, 18 feet wide and 28 feet tall, but folds down to 16 feet to enable it to cross under low wires and the freeway bridge along the parade route. In addition to an assortment of fresh and dry materials, more than 25,000 dark coral and green roses and thousands of Oncidium and Dendrobium orchids decorate the float. For information on the Watts Towers Arts Center, visit

Art credit to: The Tournament of Roses

About Rose Parade: The Rose Parade will start at 8:00am PST. On January 2, 2017, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It’s a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years. For more information visit

Photos credit to: David Carreto Photography & Carlos Davila Photography

Editor’s Note: We are so honored to be able to featured such an amazing person that is Ilieen Ramirez. We need more teenagers like her in our Diverse world. Congratulations to her mother Iris Magallanes for supporting and raising her daughter so well. Congratulations and on behalf of Diversity News Magazine Staff and Correspondents, as well the entire Diversity News Publications Family of Companies, we want to wish you all Happy New Year 2017!

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