Corazon De Jesus's name truly captures her essence: The 25-year-old from Hesperia has a heart for Jesus.


So it was no surprise that she would join a contingent of youth from Holy Family Catholic Church to the once-every-three-years World Youth Day, which in 2008 was held in Sydney, Australia.


"We met people from Europe, Mexico, you name it," De Jesus said. "Everyone brought flags. It was really cool. It's one of those things you have to experience."


Times have been tough since then, however, and the group of about 15 is working diligently to raise the $3,000 per person to attend the next event in Madrid, Spain. So, at her mother's suggestion, De Jesus entered a contest sponsored by the Diocese of San Bernardino to design a T-shirt for San Bernardino-area participants. The award: The diocese would pay the cost of the trip.


"Just do it," her mother urged her.


"It's worth a shot," the self-taught artist answered.


Without much available time, she designed the shirt in Photoshop and submitted her entry. Weeks later she received a call. She had won.


"What? Really? Sweet!" she told the diocese representative on the phone.


De Jesus formally received the award from Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes during an event a few weeks ago in Indian Wells.


"That award is very important, and it will help her too," said James Janrhett, who serves as head usher for Holy Family.


At Hesperia High, De Jesus was involved with the ASB and was a senior class officer. She also was a photographer who worked on yearbook. She also played violin in the school orchestra, sometimes performing with the choir. Following her 2003 high school graduation, De Jesus moved to Los Angeles and pursued broadcasting, but something happened along the way.


"I ended up working," she said.


Eventually she landed a job as an associate producer at Reveilee Productions, an an independent production company with a long list of TV show productions such as "Ugly Betty," "The Office," and "Family Guy."


Currently De Jesus lives in Hollywood and works on two reality TV programs.


"I'm kind of like a wrangler. I scout locations and help move the show along."


No matter if she is at work in Hollywood or at home visiting her parents, Lourdes and Homer De Jesus, De Jesus is looking to demonstrate what her faith has taught her.


"Being a Catholic means just having so much respect and love for people. It's about treating people right and having strong morals. It's kind of a cultural thing too.


"Going to church is like me saying, 'Thank you (to God),' " she said. "God is like the ultimate parent. God has given me so much in my life. I want to share my appreciation and show that love back."