“Where Are They Now?”

 

Jocelyne Rivera OLOP Intern 2012-2015

“I am a full-time student majoring in Psychology. The youth center impacted me in such a positive way. I was able to learn amazing leadership skills, and make strong bonds with people who cared for me. I felt like I had a second family who loved me and accepted me for who I was. I felt comfortable to share bits and pieces about my life, I was able to open up and share my ideas and beliefs. I was able to express my creativity uniquely. It’s such a great program where the youth is able to interact and open up with one another. This program marked my life in such an amazing way which is why I had such an amazing high school experience.”

Student
Andy Han OLOP Intern 2013-2016 & Youth Together LSO 2014-2016
Andy is currently a second year student at UC Berkeley, Cognitive Science/Ethnic Studies double major, Education minor.
Beyond academia, Andy works in the Operations and Concierge department in the ASUC Student Union at Berkeley to better serve the entire student body at Cal by helping them navigate different resources and advocating for their interests to cultivate a more well rounded community so our peers can thrive in an inclusive environment.
Andy is a coordinator for REACH! the Asian/Pacific Islander Recruitment & Retention Center which is a social justice oriented student organization that recognizes different issues and disparities within our community and we use (higher) education as a platform to challenge these issues and a form of empowerment to mobilize.
“OLOP created a safe space for me that truly humanized me beyond a student in this broken ass institution while also cultivating my growth in and out the classroom, socially and politically.”
“Because of Youth Together, I will never be complacent in this oppressive state and will continue to fight with and alongside my communities for peace, unity, and justice even knowing this fight will never end.”

Eduardo V College Support 2016

Currently taking a gap year from college. Working in construction and planning to enroll into community college next semester. The youth center staff, each in their own way and their connection, got me where I am today.

Adham Alaskari College Support 2016 & After-School Program Assistant

“I am working full-time at a hotel. I am attending Merrit College still exploring majors. I had the biggest impact right before I left the youth center. Tony told me something about myself. He knows how important it is for me to be content and happy, but I was going through some things. He told me that he has never met someone who cares so much about being happy. He told me that wherever I go in life, I will be successful because I found what my strong point is, to always be happy and content at the end of the day.”

Irene Gomez OLOP Intern 2012 – 2014

“Right now I am working at the pediatric brain center at UCSF. Working at the youth center opened my eyes to life. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, learning to love someone and genuinely care for other success. Many people say they support you but when they see you do good they act different. At the youth center, we want to see everyone succeed, that’s the goal.”

Christopher Yuen OLOP Intern 2013 – 2015

“ I am studying design right now at CSU Long Beach. I make clothes on the side for extra income. I am also working as a sales associate at Tillys. I feel like my internship gave me a place to be open and really be myself. Everyone was like family to me and I really enjoyed having retreats and meetings every week. I wish I could go back to those days.”

Daijonne Cosby Ethnic Studies & Poly Club 2016 – 2017

“As of right now, I am working to get my undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Humboldt State University. One way the youth center impacted me was by giving me resources to do the work I needed to get done. They also helped me with problems I had insides and outside of school. I was very grateful for all the youth center had done for me during my attendance at Skyline.”

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