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Jessica Gallegos – Thalia Marroquin

May 9, 2016 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Jessica is a sophomore at Mira Monte High School and is mentored by Thalia Marroquin. After getting to know Jessica more, Thalia noticed that she had a sweet and caring personality and is a hard working student who needed to find a little motivation in her. She demonstrated determination and perseverance by trying her best in her studies, getting her grades up, and improving her school attendance all on her own. When Jessica and Thalia first met, they discussed Jessica’s challenges and academic progress. During the year, she had gained confidence and is willing to ask for help when needed. Jessica has raised her grade point average to a 3.16 G.P.A. and has tried out for the girls’ softball team at Mira Monte High School.

Cinthia Magana – Eva Valencia

May 9, 2016 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Cinthia Magana is an 8th grade student at Mountain View Middle School. Her mentor, Eva Valencia, has observed that she has made a lot of progress in her academic performance. She has been very motivated to improve her grades and currently has a 3.04 GPA. She is active at school, participating in soccer and her academic goal is to obtain a 4.0 GPA. “She shared with me that she was very excited to give the news to her Mom during the next parent conference,” said Eva, “She has also been part of School Safe Ambassadors and has become more respectful towards other people.”

Ashly Latunde

May 9, 2016 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

South High School

Where were you born?

Bakersfield

Where did you grow up?

Bakersfield

What college did you attend?

Taft College and CSUB

What is the most important thing they don’t teach you in school?

Life skills and people skills

What do you enjoy most about service?

Giving back

What is your mentor philosophy?

I can make a difference in the lives of many.

Personal Motto

I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.

Favorite Quote

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

Hero

God and my mother

Favorite Movie

Love and Basketball

Favorite Book

The Bible

Favorite Food

All foods

Favorite Restaurant

All restaurants

Evelyn Ruvalcaba

March 11, 2016 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Evelyn Ruvalcaba is a sophomore at South High School who has made a tremendous turnaround with attendance. At the beginning of the year, she would come to school once or twice a week. In November, Evelyn and her mentor Ashly Latunde had a serious talk about her life and the changes she wanted to make. Although they had talked many times before, Evelyn had reached a point where she was actually ready for a change. Working with Ashly, Evelyn set goals she wanted to reach during the school year and mapped out the steps to reach them. One of her goals was to come to school more often. First, she started coming to school at least three days a week. Then, she added days until she was attending school regularly Monday-Friday. “I am happy to report,” says Ashly, “That she came to school an entire month without missing a day!”

Evelyn is still making progress. She continues to come to school regularly and is now working to improve her grades.

Alyssa Spikes

March 11, 2016 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Alyssa Spikes is a senior at Community Learning Center Tech and is being mentored by Joshua Cooper. She has made tremendous progress academically and is in the top 3 percentile of students at her school, despite being the mother of a two year old daughter and working at Party City. Says Alyssa, “I want to graduate, go to college, and be an example to my daughter.”

“[Alyssa] is the sweetest, most well-respected girl that I have mentored personally,” writes Joshua, “She is by far one of the most driven, mature, loving, sweet, competitive, easy-going, generous, thankful, understanding, leader-quality youths that I have ever met. She is destined to have great success because the mindset she has at 17 years old has gotten her off to a great start.” Alyssa is on track to graduate this school year. Another big plus, according to Joshua, “She also loves basketball . . . and the LAKERS!”

Ashley Cazares

March 11, 2016 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Haven Drive Middle School

Where were you born?

Bakersfield

Where did you grow up?

Bakersfield (but as a wife of a U.S. Navy officer, has lived in different places in the country)

What college did you attend?

Taft College (A.A.), attended CSUB and Southwestern College

What is the most important thing they don’t teach you in school?

Real life stuff like finances and budgeting.

What do you enjoy most about service?

The fulfillment and satisfaction of helping the less fortunate, no matter what the need is.

Personal Motto

It could be worse . . . be grateful!

Hero

The Kennedys

Favorite Quote

“Feed your faith and starve your fears.”

Favorite Movies

Pretty Woman, Fools Rush In, The Physician

Favorite Music Artists

Bruno Mars, George Strait, For King and Country

Favorite Book

Something Borrowed

Favorite Team

LA Dodgers

Favorite Food

Thai food and sushi

Favorite Restaurant

Zea’s in New Orleans

Brittney Watkins

December 22, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Sillect Community School

Where were you born?

Portsmouth, VA

Where did you grow up?

All over! I’ve lived in Italy, Scotland, Japan, Bahrain, and the United States.

What college did you attend?

CSU Bakersfield

What is the most important thing they don’t teach you in school?

The importance of interpersonal communication!

What do you enjoy most about service?

I enjoy helping others. My passion is children and this service allows me the opportunity to mentor youth. I feel I can give someone a sense of hope which is something I wished I could have had during high school.

Personal Motto

Be grateful for the little things you have because someone out there is praying for the little things you already have and take for granted.

Hero

My mother! Also, Olivia from Scandal (amazing character)

Favorite Quote

“Sometimes you make choices in life, but sometimes choices make you.”

Favorite Music Artist

Tori Kelly and Trey Songz

Favorite Players

Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant

Favorite Food

CHOCOLATE! (and Italian dishes like pasta)

Favorite Restaurant

Buca De Beppo, Roadhouse, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden

Favorite Book

China Cup Cameron and Jason and Kyra

Gloria Nino

December 22, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Gloria is a junior at Tierra Del Sol Continuation High School. While faced with issues at home as a caregiver, Gloria has continued to make an effort to make it to school prepared and ready to work. At TDS, she is mentored by Teresa Nieto. “Gloria does not let her roadblocks stop her from reaching her end goal,” relates Teresa, “She is quick to jump in and help when she can and is working hard to catch up on credits.” Gloria aspires to be a veterinarian and has taken it upon herself to seek out volunteer opportunities with an animal shelter that will help get her experience for her future and other general work experience. “Life might have its challenges for her,” says Teresa, “But Gloria has the good sense and perseverance to rise above them to a greater future.”

Adriana Hernandez

December 22, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Adriana is a junior at Golden Valley High School and is in her second year in the Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps mentoring program. With the guidance of her mentors, Ruth Vizcaya in 2014-2015 and Krhystal this year, she has grown tremendously in the past year and a half. “I am fortunate to have her as one of my mentees this year,” said Krhystal, “Because she is an exceptional person. She has shown dedication in her school work and is working very hard in all her studies. She still has room for improvement but I am so proud of her thus far.” Adriana recently earned her driver’s permit after studying with Krhystal during her mentoring sessions. “What I hope for Adriana is that she completes high school and goes to college to earn her AA in Nursing like she dreams of doing,” adds Krhystal.

Bryce Gagliardi

November 16, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Bryce Gagliardi is an 8th grade student at Sillect Community School and is a mentee of Brittney Watkins. During the month of October, Bryce became an exceptional student. “Not only is he getting his work done in class, but he still finds time to be extremely helpful,” says Brittney, “Bryce is a kind-hearted and respectful young man. He is always putting others first and continues to be a helping hand to his friends and staff.” It was for these reasons along with his attendance and positive behavior that he was selected to go on a field trip to Banducci Family Pumpkin Patch in October.

Brittney adds, “I am so proud of Bryce. He always has a smile on his face that is genuinely contagious. He is constantly looking out for others and making better choices in his life. He is becoming a leader possessing those distinct qualities that make him stand out from the crowd. Keep up the good work Bryce, and more rewards will come your way.”

In his spare time, Bryce loves to listen to music and is a good role model to his younger siblings. He likes to skateboard and play basketball. He has been told that he would make an excellent football player in high school.

Mentor Spotlight

May

Ashly Latunde

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Number of Years as BHC Member, Two. Service Site, South High School. Where were you born?...

Mentee Spotlight

May

Jessica Gallegos

Jessica is a sophomore at Mira Monte High School and is mentored by Thalia Marroquin. After getting to know Jessica more...


Cinthia Magana

Cinthia Magana is an 8th grade student at Mountain View Middle School. Her mentor, Eva Valencia, has observed that she has made a lot of progress in her...

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