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Juan Aguilera

April 17, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Juan Aguilera
Juan is an eighth-grade student at Haven Drive Middle School in Arvin who has made a commitment to his school work after a slow start during the early part of his middle school years. He has raised his grades to the point that he got all A’s in the third quarter of this year. He works with his mentor, Nora Pacheco, to keep up with his homework, even coming in during his free time to work on his assignments. “Almost every time he wants to see me,” writes Nora, “It’s because he wants help with his homework.” He is now focused and self-directed. He works hard to sustain the academic progress he has accomplished and is intent on starting high school on a strong note and making honor roll when he gets there. His mentor adds, “I’m really proud of him, his improvement, and motivation he has had to reach his goals.”

Alejandra De La Riva

April 17, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Alejandra went through a transformation during her junior year at Community Day School during which she realized that she really wanted to get her high school diploma. She was not content on receiving a GED but was determined to finish high school with a diploma. Through mentoring, she and her mentor, Angelica Gomez, created a pathway map by working with staff at Independent Studies and Valley High School. This map gives Ms. De La Riva a visual representation that motivates her to work towards her goal.

“Alejandra has overcome many obstacles,” says Angelica, “Including the death of her father at a young age.” With the strength that she built in overcoming this tragic experience, Alejandra has become a caregiver to her younger nieces and nephews. She is determined to go to vocational school and continue a career in mathematics in the health care field. She feels that being in a small school setting has given her a chance to reflect and not get easily distracted by other students. Her attendance is a reflection of her commitment to school. Although she still has to assist her family, she manages to communicate with staff and make up any missing assignments. “She is learning to balance family life responsibilities with career and educational responsibilities at the right age,” adds Angelica, “She is mature and understanding.”

Lilia Zarate

March 5, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

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Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Nueva Continuation High School

Where were you born?

Bakersfield, California

Where did you grow up?

Lamont, California

What college did you attend?

CSU Bakersfield

What do you enjoy most about service?

The feeling you get knowing that you made a difference.

Favorite Movie

The Notebook

Favorite Book

Something Borrowed

Favorite Food

All foods

Favorite Restaurant

All that serve food!

Personal Motto

No regrets, because at one point it was exactly what you wanted to do.

Adonica Rogers

March 5, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Adonica Rogers attends Ollivier Middle School and is mentored by Cheyenne Fontenot. During that time, Adonica has increased her GPA up from 2.55 to 3.16. “She previously had two D’s and now has none!” writes Cheyenne, “She was barely over the graduation GPA requirement, and is now greatly above it.” With her hard work and desire to walk across the stage for graduation, she has overcome barriers and improved her grades. Adonica has improved her attendance as well. “I am very proud to call her a mentee of mine,” adds Cheyenne, “I have faith she can continue the excellent work.”

Jose Mata

March 5, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Jose Mata

Jose Mata transferred to Chavez High School from Valley High with only 75 credits due to low grades and poor attendance. Upon arriving at Chavez, where he was mentored by Anavil Dimas, Jose improved his attendance dramatically. He finished his first quarter with grades C or better. When Jose received notice that he qualified to return to his home school, he worked extra hard to improve his grades. His hard work paid off. He finished the second quarter with 4 A’s and 1 B! “His teachers had great things to say about him in regards to this,” says Anavil. Jose returned to Valley High to start the second semester of his junior year. “He deserves this recognition because he is a great example that if you work hard,” adds Anavil, “You will succeed if you persevere.”

In addition to attending school, Jose works part-time at a recycling center. He also plays soccer with his community team. His parents are his inspiration. He is determined to do well at Valley and graduate on time. Jose aspires to be a Probation Officer.

Monica Angeles

February 17, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Monica Angeles

Community

Santa Ana

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Sierra Preparatory Academy

What is your mentor philosophy?

Treat others like you would like to be treated – and live life to the fullest!

Where were you born?

Watsonville, California

Where did you grow up?

Northern California

What college did you attend?

Monterey Peninsula College and CSU Long Beach

What do you enjoy most about service?

Giving back to my local community and changing lives.

Hero

Mom

Favorite Food

Sushi/Asian

Personal Motto

You Only Live Once

Favorite Teams

49ers, Lakers, and Giants

Favorite Quotes

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute for experience” – Paulo Coelho

Xiomara Terrones

January 16, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

Xiomara-Terrones-(l.)-with-her-mentor,-Yani-Valdes

Xi is a student at South High School in Bakersfield who is being mentored by Yani Valdes. Earlier this year, Xi expressed to Yani an interest in bringing up her grades because she wanted to play softball and simply to get better grades. Together, Xi and Yani looked through each of her classes and devised a plan to focus on two classes at a time, completing any missing assignments. Once completed, she would move on to the others. They set goals and communicated with teachers to review the assignments that needed to be completed each night. In order to see a speedy recovery, Xi focused on two classes per week over the period of four-five weeks. “I was thrilled to see her send me a picture of her B+ math test, a class in which she had a grade total of an F,” said Yani, “Even more warming was hearing her say she felt good and proud of herself.” With instruction and aid in keeping an organized binder, a game plan to tackle her classes, and her own personal determination, Xi has been able to improve her grades in nearly all classes. “I loved seeing her determination and want for something, her drive to achieve her goal,” adds Yani, “Xiomara is a wonderful young lady. It was truly a gift to see her work so hard for something she wanted. Though challenging, she set her mind towards something she hadn’t reached for before.”

Marco Sanchez

January 16, 2015 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

Marco-Sanchez-(l.)-with-his-mentor,-Jonathan-DeSantiago

Marco has been a student at Chavez High School, a continuation school, since the spring of 2014, and is currently being mentored by Jonathan De Santiago. This year, he has improved his grades and attendance. He stays after school to get extra help from Jonathan in math and English; they even work out in the weight room together. At Chavez, he has caught up on all his credits and is one of five students at the school who will be taking the SATs in January and is planning on applying to several universities to pursue a degree in the business field. Marco has grown tremendously both academically and personally. On top of working at his father’s tire shop, Marco has continued to excel in all of his classes and has only missed one school day this whole year due to an illness. He is on schedule to graduate in June. “I believe Marco deserves this recognition because he has improved so much since being transferred to Chavez aside from helping his family financially and serving in his community,” writes Jonathan, “Mentoring works!!!”

Jessica Gomez

January 12, 2015 webteam Mentor Spotlight

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Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Golden Valley High School

What is your mentor philosophy?

Mentees come first . . . always!

Where were you born?

Bakersfield, California

Where did you grow up?

Wasco, California

What college did you attend?

CSU Fresno

What do you enjoy most about service?

Seeing changes (big or small) in the mentees you serve.

Hero

Mom and Dad

Favorite Food

Italian, Chinese, and Japanese

Favorite Music Artist

Avenged Sevenfold

Favorite Movies

Space Jam, Selena, and Mean Girls

Favorite Quotes

“Only the strong survive.”

Liza Hernandez

December 8, 2014 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Liza Hernandez

Community

Santa Ana

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Willard Intermediate School

Where were you born?

Arvin, California

Where did you grow up?

Arvin, California

What college did you attend?

Bakersfield College and Loyola Marymount University

What do you enjoy most about service?

The feeling you get when you help someone and they don’t expect it.

Hero

Nelson Mandela

Favorite Team

The Gryffindor House Team

Favorite Movie

The Nightmare before Christmas

Favorite Books

Brave New World and The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Quotes

“It does not matter the years in your life, but the life in your years” and “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.”

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