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Jacob Soto

November 16, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Jacob is an 8th grader at Haven Drive Middle School and was Ashley Cazares’ very first mentee when she started mentoring on campus. Jacob has been willing and eager to improve academically ever since that first day. He came to Ashley for help with Math, and they have dedicated time after school for tutoring. Since then he has gone from failing Math class to earning a B! He is now eligible to play sports and is trying out for the school soccer team. “I’m very proud of his dedication and willingness to improve!” says Ashley.

Jacob attended the BHC AmeriCorps’ Pathways to Success event at Golden Valley High School on Make a Difference Day. After listening to a guest speaker from the U.S. military, he is considering joining the military after he graduates from high school. On a side note, Jacob’s twin brother, Joshua, is being mentored in the AmeriCorps program by Ashley’s site partner, Maria Sepulveda.

Yani Valdes

November 16, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

South High School

Where were you born?

Delano

Where did you grow up?

Wasco

What college did you attend?

Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield

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

Let your heart be your religion.

What do you enjoy most about service?

Impact one life, you change a world. Impact multiple lives, you change life.

Hero

My mother and peacemakers

Favorite Quote

“Be brave. To thy own self stay true.”

Favorite Music Artist

Porter Robinson/EDM

Favorite Team

LA Dodgers

Favorite Food

Veggie burgers and most vegetarian meals

Favorite Restaurant

My boyfriend’s kitchen

Book I am Reading

Eat. Pray. Love.

Julianna Frasher

July 13, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Julianna Frasher

Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Ollivier Middle School

Where were you born?

Bakersfield

Where did you grow up?

Bakersfield

What college did you attend?

University of San Diego

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

You’re in control of yourself.

What do you enjoy most about service?

Seeing the people you benefit.

Hero

My grandma

Favorite Movie

The Sandlot

Favorite Book

To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Music Artist

Coldplay

Favorite Team

LA Dodgers

Favorite Food

Italian

Favorite Restaurant

Woolgrowers

Personal Motto

“Carpe Diem”

Daviuan West

June 23, 2015 webteam News

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Daviuan was a student at Ollivier Middle School. Throughout the school year, Daviuan found himself at risk of not graduating. Due to absences and not completing school work, his GPA fell below the minimum requirement. When he returned to school in January, he participated in a goal-setting exercise with his mentor, Julianna Frasher. Daviuan created a SMART goal to get a 3.0 GPA and to be able to graduate with his friends. Through hard work, he raised his GPA to a 3.0 by the end of the school year. He also came to school every day. “During our last session together, I asked Daviuan what is one thing he learned this year,” said Julianna, “He responded, ‘I learned that I am capable of proving people wrong. I’ve learned to be a good student. And I’ve learned to always try your best.’ I am so proud of Daviuan and all he has accomplished this year. But what I love more is seeing him be proud of himself!”

Antonia Marcial

June 23, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Antonia Marcial

Antonia Marcial was a freshman at Valley High School this year. Antonia’s biggest inspiration is her mother. She saw how her mother was affected by her performance at school so this year she decided to do better. With her mentor, Kristine Capulong, she set goals for herself to improve her attendance and grades and focus on going to college. “Being in the mentoring program helped her because she needed someone who will listen to her and understand what she is going through,” said Kristine, “Having someone believe in her and give her support encouraged her to stay on the right track.” This student was absent often last year and managed to turn things around this year. She strives to do better in school and is motivated to go to college.

Kristine Capulong

June 8, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Kristine Capulong

Community

Santa Ana

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Valley High School

Where were you born?

Philippines

Where did you grow up?

Philippines

What college did you attend?

San Diego State University

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

The challenges you face in the real world and how to overcome those challenges and learn to find balance in life.

What do you enjoy most about service?

Helping and making a difference.

Hero

Eckhart Tolle

Favorite Movie

X-Men

Favorite Book

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Favorite Music Artist

Jason Mraz

Favorite Food

Seafood

Favorite Restaurant

Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Quote

“Faith makes everything possible. Love makes it easy.”

Eduardo Cervantes

May 12, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Eduardo-Cervantes

Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Mountain View Middle School

Where were you born?

Bakersfield, California

Where did you grow up?

Lamont, CA

What college did you attend?

UC Santa Barbara

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

The importance of cultural diversity and acceptance of others different from oneself

What do you enjoy most about service?

The smiles on people’s faces

Hero

Superman

Favorite Movie

Jurassic Park

Favorite Book

Jurassic Park

Favorite Music Artist

Lana Del Rey

Favorite Food

Combination Pizza

Favorite Quote

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – Mewtwo

First Job

Harvesting grapes

Tomas Villanueva

May 12, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Tomas Villanueva

Tomas Villanueva, an 8th grader at Spurgeon Intermediate School, has improved his behavior, attitude, and academics after a few months of mentoring. Although he got off to a rough start in the beginning of the year, he now comes to school every day and has a positive outlook on life.

He has had to overcome barriers daily, given that he lives in a gang-infested neighborhood, and is currently working with his mentor Cristina Simut to improve his grades. “Tomas is not afraid to ask for help and visits often throughout the day,” she says, “Even coming before and after school or during lunch.” With his hard work and dedication, Tomas has raised his grades in Science and Language Arts and has earned 15 Accelerated Reading Points since beginning the program.

Most important, he is starting to gain confidence in himself. Cristina writes, “I am really proud to have met Tommy and be able to call him my mentee. I know if he puts his mind to it, he will become something amazing when he grows up.”

Antonio Amezcua Threatt

May 12, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Antonio Amezcua Threatt

Antonio is a junior at Mira Monte High School. When he started the school year, he was struggling with most of his classes but has shown tremendous growth in character and in academics in the past few months. He has raised his GPA to a 2.86 this last quarter and passed all of his classes. Since he started being meeting with his mentor Joseph Agundez, he has gotten involved with clubs on campus and is now the Treasurer for the Computer Technology Club. He went on a college-bound field trip to Fresno State and UC Merced in January and was excited to see what other schools were outside the Bakersfield area. He fell in love with Fresno State’s campus and what they had to offer.

When he got back from the trip he wanted to know what he could do to improve his grades and get to college. He worked with Joseph to create an A-G road map and asked about what extra courses he needed to take to catch up. He hopes to take classes over the summer to get back on track and graduate on time. “Whenever there is a chance to volunteer for an event or help out on campus,” says Joseph, “He is always the first one to raise his hand and dive in feet first to take on the challenge.”

His goal is to finish the school year above a 3.0 and enroll in summer school classes so that, by the time he starts his senior year, he will be caught up with the rest of his graduating class and become a future Fresno State Bulldog. “I knew from the first day I met Antonio that there was a drive in him that needed just a little extra push to get started,” adds Joseph, “He has a very funny personality and works well with others. When he is asked to solve a problem, he won’t give up until it’s solved. I’m proud of his commitment and willing to make a change to have a better future.”

Carissa Robles

April 21, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Carissa-Robles

Community

Santa Ana

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Spurgeon Intermediate School

Where were you born?

Santa Ana, California

Where did you grow up?

Santa Ana and Lake Forest

What college did you attend?

South Coast College, Santa Ana College, and Vanguard University

What do you enjoy most about service?

Interacting with youth and instilling hope for a better future.

Hero

My mother

Favorite Team

Denver Broncos

Favorite Book

Lord of the Flies

Favorite Music Artist

Johnny Cash

Favorite Food

Mexican

Personal Motto

Don’t forget to laugh.

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