Roy Juarez, Jr.

Roy Juarez, Jr.

 San Antonio, Texas, USA

A spell-binding story of once being a homeless teen, his battle to leave the streets, to becoming a graduate of Hardin-Simmons. Roy is currently on a Homeless by Choice Tour with a goal of reaching over 100,000 people with his personal message of hope, perseverance, and the importance of education!


Roy Juarez Jr. was recently featured on CNN with his mentor in a segment leading up to Latino in America. His spell-binding story has also caught the attention of the well-established, New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In August of 2009, “Roy’s Story” was featured in their latest book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens.
As a young entrepreneur, Juarez has been able to develop a successful career, lecturing to thousands of youth, educators, and parents throughout the United States and abroad. Once a homeless teenager, Juarez fought the battle to leave the streets, only to return to them after becoming a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University.

Today Juarez is currently traveling on his MyBag, MyHome: Homeless by Choice Tour. What began as a five-month, 30-city tour starting in Los Angeles, California to the southern tip of Florida, has grown into a two-year mission of inspiring America. Juarez is speaking at any educational facilities, shelters, organization and/or company that are willing to open up their doors. He is “Couch Surfing” once again, this time by choice! His goal is to reach-out to over 100,000 individuals with his personal message of hope, perseverance, and the importance of education!

Born and raised on the south side of San Antonio, Texas, Juarez faced situations and obstacles that could have turned him into a negative statistic but he found a way to overcome those challenges. At the age of 14, Juarez was a high school drop-out and one of the hundreds of homeless youth on the streets of San Antonio. With no money or education and too young to get a job, Juarez was at the mercy of the streets. He carried with him only a duffle bag of personal items that he called home. He moved from house to house to survive. Despite all that was working against him, he knew there was more to life, which is why he never lost sight of his dreams.

Juarez is a role model for thousands of people through his work as an advocate of education in communities across the country. His life experience inspires them. It is through his interaction with people that Juarez demonstrates his willingness, desire, and ability to help people become successful in life.