It’s been a long, two-year hiatus, but Youth Day is back and it’s time to celebrate. This Winters tradition isn’t complete without a Grand Marshal, however, and this year it’s none other than Jenny Ramos.
The Grand Marshal is someone who champions the town’s youth and personifies selflessness when it comes to assisting them. Although Ramos isn’t one to toot her own horn, her resume of helpfulness speaks volumes as to why she was selected for this year’s special honor.
Over the years, Ramos coached AYSO soccer, Winters Little League and Winters Jr. Warrior football teams. She’s also volunteered countless hours in her children’s classrooms, mentored handfuls of Winters’ youth, served as president of the Winters Parent Nursery School, was the FFA Hometown Hero, was the 2018 Yolo County SELPA Community Advisory Committee recipient, works for the Winters Jiont Unified School District as well as in the Esparto workability program/special education and not to mention, is a mama bear and wife.
“It’s very humbling to have been selected. I love the community of Winters and have always been very passionate about helping the youth in our community,” said Ramos. “I don’t do what I do because I want the accolades that go along with it, I do it because that’s just what you need to do as a human. My mom raised me to be a kind person and give back, and that’s just what I do.”
Ramos’ mother was indeed a driving inspiration behind her desire to help the town’s youth. Ramos’ mother died about a year ago due to COVID complications. Memories of her mother’s love and resolve, however, still fuel Ramos’ fire to give back to the community every day.
“My mom was a single mother most of her life and no matter how many struggles we had she’d get up every day and give back and be kind to everybody. When you have an adult like that in your life, you just want to emulate that behavior,” Ramos said. “When I could, I started volunteering and helping. It was my hope that if I paid attention to that kid that might not get attention at home, or the kid who needs that surrogate mom, I could be that mom to them and make a difference in their life.”
Because of the perpetual kindness Ramos’ mother radiated, she and her sister have created the ‘Kindness’ scholarship in her name and in honor of her values for a high school senior.