Category: Mentor Spotlight

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.”

Ruth Martinez

November 5, 2014 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Ruth Martinez

Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Greenfield Middle School

Where were you born?

Delano, California

Where did you grow up?

Wasco, California and Nuevo Leon, Mexico

What college did you attend?

CSU Bakersfield

What do you enjoy most about service?

Knowing I have the opportunity to empower youth

Favorite Music Artist

Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire, Beirut

Favorite Book

Pride and Prejudice

Favorite Quote

“Let go or be dropped” (A Zen proverb)

Janet Bravo

July 3, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Janet Bravo (left)

Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

McKee Middle School

Where were you born?

Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico

What college did you attend?

UC Davis

What is your mentor philosophy?

Make your dreams bigger than your excuses.

Favorite Music Artist

Banda El Recodo

Favorite Movie

Training Day

Favorite Quote

“Alli la llevamos” – dad

Chelsea Anderson

June 2, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Chelsea Anderson

Community

Fresno

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Sequoia Middle School

Where were you born?

Coleville, Washington

What college did you attend?

Community College of the Redwoods & Word of Life Bible Institute

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

Success does not mean happiness.

Personal Motto

Be thankful.

Favorite Food

Salmon

What do you enjoy most about service?

Working with youth.

Jonathan Nussur

May 1, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Jonathan Nussur at First Retreat

Community

Merced

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Sequoia High School

What do you enjoy doing most with your free time?

Watching football, reading mystery books, exercising

What college did you attend?

UC Berkeley

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

How important it is to never stop learning about yourself.

Favorite Quote

“Excellence is not an act, it’s a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.”

Favorite Food

Eritrean Food (all of it!)

First Job

Usher at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. One of the best experiences I’ve had.

Mayte Castro

April 8, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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> Kelly Urch, Mayte Castro, Leah Watters, Yen Vu (left to right)

Community

City Heights (San Diego)

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Horace Mann Middle School

What is your mentor philosophy?

It is a two-way street.

What graduate school did you attend?

San Diego State University

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

Resilience

Favorite Movie

The Bourne Identity

Favorite Food

Sopes

Special Awards/Recognitions

Latino Union Member of the Year Award

Cruz Soliz

March 5, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Cruz Soliz (left) and mentee Norman (right)

Community

Long Beach

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Wilson High School

What do you enjoy doing most on your free time?

Being in nature, especially the beach.

Where did you grow up?

Everywhere

What college did you attend?

UCLA

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

Make the most of your experiences.

What is your mentor philosophy?

To be of service by providing hope, encouragement, and support – an absolute belief in everyone, recognizing gifts & talents.

What do you enjoy most about service?

Building community

Janét Morris

February 3, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Mentee Christopher and Mentor Janét Morris

Community

East Oakland

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Fremont High School

Where did you grow up?

East Oakland

Favorite movie

The Lion King

What college did you attend?

UCLA

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

To take initiative. We tend to rely on others to help us out, but to get results, we sometimes have to get things done ourselves.

Favorite Music Artist

Tupac

First Job

City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Aide

Anything else?

I am proud of my mentee, Christopher, for improving his grades and behavior in school. He is consistent and focused.

Elizabeth Valdovinos

January 2, 2014 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Elizabeth Valdovinos

Community

Santa Ana

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Lathrop Intermediate School

Where did you go to college?

Cal State Fullerton

Favorite food

Enchiladas

What is your personal motto?

Be Yourself!

What do you enjoy most about service?

Giving back to my community.

Favorite Team

49ers

Cool Fact

I am the first person from my family to graduate from college.

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Ashly Latunde

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Jessica Gallegos

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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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