Category: Mentor Spotlight

Rogelio Mendez Estrada

December 10, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Rogelio Mendez Estrada at first regional retreat.

Community

East Coachella Valley

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Toro Canyon Middle School

Where were you born?

Michoacan, Mexico

What do you enjoy doing most on your free time?

Spending time with my family and friends.

What is your mentor philosophy?

Never judge a book by its cover.

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

Help others when they are in need.

First Job

Student Worker at College of the Desert

Hero(s)

My parents!

Jessica Bentovoja

November 5, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Jessica Bentovoja

Community

South Sacramento

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Will C. Wood Middle School

Where were you born?

Palo Alto, CA

What college did you attend?

Colgate University

What is your mentor philosophy?

Start where the mentee is and don’t judge. Listen and help them see and build their own strengths.

Favorite Movie

A League of Their Own

First Job

High School Tutor

Favorite Quote

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi

Nancy Becerra

October 7, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Nancy Becerra

Community

South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Mountain View Middle School

Where did you grow up?

Los Angeles, CA

What college did you attend?

UC Santa Cruz

What do you enjoy doing most on your free time?

I enjoy playing sports (basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, running, etc.)

Favorite Food

Italian

First Job

High School Tutor

Favorite Team

Lakers, Dodgers, Mexico, Chivas

David Fong

September 6, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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David Fong at Northern CA retreat

Community

South Sacramento

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Hiram Johnson High School

What is your mentor philosophy?

Be a guiding light but let them find their own way.

What do you enjoy doing most on your free time?

Skateboarding fast!

What do you enjoy most about service?

Seeing mentees grow/evolve.

Favorite Food

Burrito

Hero

Bruce Lee

Favorite Team

Miami Heat

Jenna Barvitski

July 5, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Jenna Barvitski at first Northern CA retreat

Community

Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods

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

How to learn from the world and people around you, outside of the constructed classroom setting.

Where did you go to college?

Youngstown State University

What do you enjoy most about service?

The opportunity to create meaningful, shared experiences.

Favorite Music Artist

The Emerson String Quartet

Personal Motto

Explore!

Favorite Book(s)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Elena Fuentes

June 3, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Elena Fuentes at final Southern CA retreat

Community

Santa Ana

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Lorin Griset Academy

What is your mentor philosophy?

Model what you expect. Empathize with those that surround you. Note when people do good. Trust that you are doing the right thing. Reflect and learn from your experiences and that of others.

Where did you go to college?

UCLA

What do you enjoy most about service?

Meeting new people and sharing stories.

Favorite Movie

Superstar

Hero

My grandmother

Favorite Book(s)

1984 & Of Mice and Men

Cassandra Abbott

May 6, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Cassandra Abbott with mentee at local event

Community

Fresno

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Tehipite Middle School

Tell us about yourself and you mentor style.

I crave adventures that bring adrenaline rushes. I have been skydiving, bungee jumping, and white water rafting. My passion is to help others. Every child deserves someone they can trust who will be a listening ear and not judge.

Where did you go to college?

Fresno Pacific University

Personal Motto

Live, love, laugh.

Favorite Food

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls

First Job

Baskin Robbins

Favorite Quote

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jose Granillo

April 3, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Jose Granillo at Team Day Retreat

Community

East Coachella Valley

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Bobby Duke Middle School

Where were you born?

Indio, CA

Where did you go to college?

University of California, Riverside

What do you enjoy most about service?

Helping people and making a difference.

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

To embrace life and enjoy what you do.

Favorite Book

To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Team

New England Patriots

Laura Yamaguchi

March 1, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Laura Yamaguchi at Team Day Training

Community

City Heights

Number of Years as BHC Member

Two

Service Site

Crawford High School

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

They do not teach you how to fail in order to succeed later. They also do not teach how and why our personal story is important to understanding everything else we learn.

What do you enjoy most about service?

The opportunity to bring out my inner child with my students and to make big things happen with my AmeriCorps teammates in City Heights.

First Job

Zoo Intern at the San Diego Zoo.

Favorite Movie

Titanic (Judge me, I dare you.)

Personal Motto

There are no mistakes.

Tatianna Grant

February 6, 2013 mifigueroa Mentor Spotlight
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Tatianna Grant at Northern CA Retreat

Community

South Sacramento

Number of Years as BHC Member

One

Service Site

Hiram Johnson High School

What do you enjoy most about service?

The service in general is amazing. The service we are able to give these youth through this program are so beneficial to them and being able to see them and watch them grow, slowly but surely, is more than one could ask for.

What book are you reading?

“A Woman’s Worth” by Marianne Williamson

What is your mentor philosophy?

Teach them, lead them, then let them go.

Favorite Team

Oakland Raiders

Favorite Restaurant

Buca de Bepo

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Ashly Latunde

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Jessica Gallegos

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Cinthia Magana

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