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I am a 23 year old trauma survivor that grew up in Stockton, I am looking to give youth the support and care that I did not have as a child going to public schools in stockton that don’t have the resources to work with students on their trauma individually. I am very passionate and dedicated to changing the lives around me in a positive way and creating a safe and comfortable environment for others to change and grow for the better. I am looking forward to the experience, knowledge, family, and friends I will obtain on this journey.
Sylvia Chavez-Vera – Healing Schools Facilitator: Attentive. Spirited. Warm-hearted. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California to Mexican parents, I was fortunate enough to learn about my roots from my father. Our family would travel to several regions of Mexico where I learned to embrace the beauty of my culture. After finishing high school I went to school in Guadalajara, Jalisco, fell in love and got married. We had three children together and I was an ESL teacher loving life when tragedy hit. One of my husband’s workers shot and killed him. Shortly afterwards I returned to LA with my three children. I first worked in the schools as a teacher assistant. I later worked with families, through a non profit organization, doing in home teaching and demonstrating, case management helping them learn new skills to help them make positive changes with their families. I facilitated parenting classes for adult and teen parents as well as facilitating domestic violence prevention classes.I adopted my nephew, remarried a man who left me with two beautiful infant daughters leaving me with a total of six kids. Having said that, my overall greatest achievement in life is having raised, caring, loving, independent adults that I am so proud to call my own.
Reyna Aguilar Caring, Hardworking, Honest. Reyna is a proud mother of one beautiful intelligent little girl. Reyna was born and raised in Stockton California and is currently an Outreach Worker for Fathers & Families of San Joaquin under the Stockton Trauma Recovery Center. She became an Outreach Worker because she loves helping everyone receive the help that they need to heal. Reyna graduate from Jane Frederick High School. One thing a lot of people do not know about Reyna is that she loves all kinds of music and uses it as self-care. Three words that would describe her is caring, hardworking, honest.
Paige Tengeluk – Healing Schools Facilitator Ambitious. Inventive. Resilient. Paige Tengeluk was born and raised on the island of Saipan until the age of 12. In August of 2006, her family relocated to Las Vegas, NV before settling in Modesto, CA in April of 2008. She is a proud Central Valley resident and community member. She graduated from Modesto Jr. College with a double major in Communication Studies and Political Science. During her educational path at Modesto Jr. College, she was highly involved in extracurricular clubs and organizations. She served two terms for the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College. The first term, she served as the Senator for Literature and Language Arts. The second term, she served as Senator for Arts, Humanities, and Communications. Her passion for community involvement sparked when she joined cultural groups M.E.Ch.A and BSU on campus. Her involvement with student senate and cultural clubs allowed her to branch out state-wide where she became a recognized member of The Black Caucus of the California Community Colleges. Given the privilege to gain higher education, she transferred to San Francisco State University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. While studying at SFSU, her interest grew in areas of social, racial, environmental, spiritual, and workplace justice. Her reasoning behind pursuing a Communications scholar education is to be a voice for the people. She understands that POC, marginalized, Indeginous, and low income folks are continuously oppressed through systemic and institutional racism. She wishes to be a part of a larger community that educates, protects, and uplifts the gente, especially in the Central Valley, which is often left out of the bigger picture. WIth collaborative work and collectivistic lenses, she believes that as a village of WE, awareness towards gaining equal and true freedom in this divided country will continue and increase.
Nicole Rosillo- Healing School Facilitator: Grounded. Empathetic. Inventive. Nicole is a 2019 University of the Pacific graduate with a Sociology B.A. and is originally from the Bay Area. During her undergrad, she gained volunteer and professional experience working with underserved communities in the local area. Nicole believes the positive impact of providing a safe space for youth experiencing hardship should be open to everyone, especially those who have the toughest time gaining access. She hopes to be a useful member of the Healing Facilitator Initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and reading.
Melissa Lott- Healing School Facilitator: Compassionate, Curious, Eager to Learn. I am a single mother of 3 children and raising my teenage niece at the time. I grew up in a domestic abuse home and allowed myself to let it happen to me until one day enough was enough and I decided to change my life. I walked away with nothing for my children or myself. With all that I could do I built a home for the 4 of us and I am now content with my life and want to help others. My passion is to care for others and move mountains to get to where life wants me to be. I am always eager to learn new things and spread my knowledge to others. I love being a team player and working toward goals. I attended college for teaching and also have taught special needs children. Also. worked with disabled adults. Absolutely a self rewarding job if you ask me.
Favour Ashaolu- Healing School Facilitator: Hardworking, Caring, Loving. Favour was born in Nigeria into a family of six who immigrated to Stockton in late 2005 when she was 9 years old. As an immigrant, she daily experienced bullying because of her accent and color. This made schooling very hard for her throughout her elementary to early high school days, so that many times she felt like not going to school. Favour is studying to transfer to California State University. She is majoring in Early Childhood Education and wants to become a preschool teacher – her childhood dream. She cares very well for children and always willing to support parents who need help for their children or wards. Her experience as a group leader at the YMCA and as an assistant teacher (volunteer) at ZionGate Center has helped her develop her passion and skills to better assist children to realize their dreams. Her joy is to see young ones leave healed at the end of every contact with her, becoming a better person. She does this by facilitating an atmosphere for children to thrive, and ultimately become who they were born to be. Her joy is to provide social, cultural and spiritual support towards healing of young ones from family and societal trauma and challenges/norms that could destroy their future and pathway to success.
Georgina Jasso – Healing School Facilitator: Hardworking. Responsible. Compassionate. Georgina is attending San Joaquin Delta College. Her goal is to attend CSU Stanislaus State as a first generation college graduate and become an elementary school teacher. She has always wanted to create change in her community and make an impact on people’s lives. She hopes to be a positive change in youth and to inspire others.
Adrian Bowen Born and raised on the south side of Stockton,CA. I graduated from San Joaquin Delta College In 2014 with my Associates in Human & Behavioral Sciences. I plan on going back to school and earning my BA in Kinesiology and I also plan on opening my own gym in the future. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and giving back to my community. I’ve always had a passion for mentoring the youth and making sure that I help them and put them on the right path. The youth is our future!
Rakasha “ Kasha” Hall: Healer. Lover. Listener. Born and raised in Texas. Recently graduated from Texas Women’s University studying nutrition and wellness. I am extremely passionate about helping enrich lives and learning ways on how to make the world a better place. My favorite things to do are workout, learn about nutrition and wellness, and explore nature. I previously served as an Americorps members working with underserved students in the summer to provide food, games, and a person to interact with.
Chaqulia “Q” Ramirez: Healing Schools Facilitator “I just want to save the world, without being noticed” Inner guide follower. Addicted to growth. Introverted soul. Southern born (Mississippi), Cali raised, Q currently attends CSU Stanislaus where she is studying sociology. She seeks to grow by living with purpose and intention and hopes to impact the world in a monumental way. Q enjoys meditating, working out, and spending time with family. She believes everyone is deserving of the space to grow, change, and maintain a healthy mindset to the best of their ability without judgement. She wants to assist people in doing that and seeing the value in themselves, while serving her community. Her goal is to spread positivity and change generational trauma, by spreading self-awareness, self-care and self-love. Peace & Blessings!
Brittany Harrison Passionate. Resilient. Purpose Driven. I am a current plant science major at Delta College with plans to end food deserts in low income neighborhoods as well as teach children to sustainably and economically grow their own food. In 2017, my life was changed forever when my baby brother, Brandon Harrison was gunned down in Stockton. Brandon was a warrior for disadvantaged youth and made it his mission to disrupt and dismantle the school to prison pipeline. In his physical absence, myself and my family will always continue his work and never allow his legacy to die. My purpose is to facilitate community healing, especially in youth through returning back to nature, back to our roots, allowing plants to heal naturopathically.
Bibiana Resendez- Healing School Facilitator: Leader. Cheerful. Achiever. Bibiana is a student at San Joaquin Delta College. She is majoring in Criminology and Human Arts and Science. She wants to become a youth probation officer and help juveniles become successful. The reason for her interest in her career is because she always wanted to create a change within the community and she believes that starts with the youth. Bibiana enjoys writing poetry and dancing. One of her favorite quotes created by Lana Lang is, “Life is about change . Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time, it’s both.”
Allen “Trey” Gross – Healing School Facilitator: Self-Motivated, Compassionate, and Personable. My dream has always been to help the youth of Stockton, especially minority men. I am passionate about helping youth that are dealing with the many challenges of the world we live in today. I am an Edison High School alum and attended Eastern Washington University (a division 1 college) on a basketball scholarship where I was able to further my studies in sociology. I am currently an Assistant Coach for the Edison High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team and have also worked with K-6 grade kids through Team Charter Elementary School as well as a Creative Child Care after school programs mentor. I currently am a small business owner as the manager of “Dagos Jumpers” and am also a caregiver for my 86 year old grandfather. Helping people is a passion of mine but helping my society flourish is a dream. I believe if we can get our youth to value themselves and find a purpose for their lives, they could make better decisions about their actions and reactions through their daily life struggles. Serving as a Healing School Facilitator would give me an opportunity to help our community and become a valuable asset to Stockton.