At Roosevelt, Peralta is part of the Roosevelt Student Council and the CityWide Student Leadership Board. He uses those platforms to advocate for his peers, especially those in the native Spanish-speaking and queer communities. Peralta has worked extensively promoting mental health resources in schools; last year, he partnered with MPS to promote open spaces in all high schools.
Roosevelt Principal Christian Ledesma said, “Through his words and actions, Leo has shown that he embodies the Roosevelt motto of ‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.’ I’m excited to see what he brings to the table as a student board representative.”
The Student Representatives provide an important perspective and give voice to those at the heart of the district’s work: MPS students. The Board of Education has appointed a student representative since 2015, and beginning in 2022, the addition of a second student representative was made with the goal of expanding student view and opinion.
Peralta, along with the other 2024 student representative, Elliston Rounds, will take turns being the primary speaker at Board meetings but will still be responsible for keeping up on what's happening by reviewing materials and watching meeting videos when not in attendance. Additionally, the two will meet regularly together with board staff to prepare for meetings and coordinate other duties.