Tony Douangviseth (He/Him/His)
YT Since 2007
Tony Douangviseth is the Executive Director of Youth Together. He attended San Francisco State University and majored in Ethnic Studies. In 2007, he returned to his alma mater as a Program Assistant, Youth Center Collaborative Director 2009 and became Director of Programs in 2016. His passion is to support and develop young people who grow up in the most impoverished neighborhoods to become successful and help their communities thrive. If Tony had all the time in the world he would spend it building things while listening to 90’s hip hop and R&B or spend time with his family on the beach.
Meesh Cabal (they/them/theirs)
Site Organizer – Community Liaison
YT Since 2016
Meesh Cabal, is originally from Victorville, CA and moved to the Bay Area to attend the University of California Berkeley. The Bay Area has been home for Meesh for the past four years. As a Queer, Pilipinx, Non-Binary person; it has been a mission to not only find spaces where they can exist in the fullness of oneself, but to continue to create and redefine community with folks also seeking a sense of liberation. Meesh recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies, and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice with an emphasis on education. “Working with Youth Together is a space where my passion for community, education, and social justice all intersect.” Meesh began as an intern for Youth Together’s Castlemont site before becoming Skyline’s Site Organizer last year. “Teaching and learning from passionate young people through this organization has only affirmed my aspirations to pursue a Master’s in Education.”
Eric Adams (they/them/theirs)
Communications & Education Coordinator
YT Since 2016
Eric Adams is a Queer Oakland native from the Deep East Oakland. An OUSD & UCLA graduate, he moved back home after undergrad school to take care of his family and currently resides in the Fruitvale community. “I’m all about education, and aspire to go on to get my M.Ed and teach, whether it’s at a high school or college.” Eric is an artist, musician, and super-nerd, and in his spare time, he likes to watch animated shorts and play video games. “I can talk to almost anyone about anything, and I try to be a good listener, so anyone who needs an ear can usually count on me.” Eric was also a Youth Together Lead Student Organizer while attending Youth Empowerment High School.
Guadalupe Gomez (she/her/hers)
YT Since 2009
Guadalupe Gomez is the Parent Organizer of Youth Together. She attended Community College & some semesters in the University at Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. She graduated in 1990 earning her master in Finances and a degree in Social Worker. She started working with Youth Together in 2009 as a Parent Liaison and is currently the Family Liaison & Parent Organizer. Her passion is working with families to support and developing their skills as leaders, providing them with the tools and information to help make positive changes in their family, in the school and in the community. Guadalupe is the bridge between the school, the family and the community services. If Guadalupe had all the time in the world she would spend it building a rehabilitation center to help youth that are involved in gangs and drugs listening and listen to 80’s music disco. Her favorite song is “I will survive” with Gloria Gaynor.
Danielle Armstrong (she/her/hers)
Director of Programs
YT Since 2017
Danielle Armstrong is currently the Site Coordinator for the Skyline OLOP Youth Center. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and majored in Rhetoric with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. In 2015, she began working at Skyline High School as a College Advisor and began working with Youth Together in 2017. Her passion is to improve the lives of the people in her community; she believes that education is a key component towards making this happen. With limitless time, Danielle would spend her time exploring different parts of the world.
Rodney Kirkpatrick (he/him/his)
YT Since 2016
Rodney Kirkpatrick is the After School Operations Coordinator at the Youth Center. Rodney wanted the position because it helped him develop as a well-rounded person. “I am really passionate about storytelling. If I had all the time in the world, I would take a long vacation, a really long vacation, somewhere in Canada. Definitely somewhere where all I can hear is nature.”
Joe Bates (He/Him/His)
YT Since 2017
Joe Bates, or Coach Bates, as most students know him, is an Oakland Native with a passion for cooking, football, and his family. Born to Louisianian parents from Baton Rouge, Bates was lucky to both live in the inner city & experience the culture, as well as have good Louisiana cooking at home. Bates graduated from Skyline High School in 2005, and went on to attend both Laney College and the University of Toledo, graduating with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Throughout his career, Bates has weaved through the student support services realm, from working substance abuse programs and state facilities to case managing, career coaching, and mentorship. With over 10 years of experience, Bates serves as an integral part of the Youth Together team as a Guidance Counselor & Athlete Mentor, as well as the Skyline High School Head Football Coach. Bates is a father to two beautiful children, Xavier and Xochi, and a husband to his loving wife, Cheyenna.