Jermaine Baker was born and raised in Carson/Compton. He has worked with youth for almost thirteen years . He was a Basketball Asst. Coach for Banning High School for the Boys & Girls Program. After returning to school, he played for the Orange Coast College Basketball team. He has worked for Playworks, the YMCA, Hoops24, 24 Hour Fitness and served as a camp Coach and Director for the Golden State Warriors . Most recently Jermaine spent several years working for Job Corps on Treasure Island and is now back in Compton as the Case Manager for Compton YouthBuild. This work is important to him because he believes youth are the key to a better future for us all.
Anthony Carter is the Transition Coordinator for Compton YouthBuild. He received his B.A from Fisk University and began his work in the Nonprofit sector in Detroit. Upon leaving Detroit, he spent time working and performing In Japan. He eventually landed in New York City where he spent thirteen years acting, writing and creating stage and film productions. In addition to performing, he began his teaching career by coaching and organizing drama lessons for young people in the South Bronx. Upon moving to Long Beach, CA he began teaching CAHSEE Prep Test Taking Skills at Cesar Chavez High School before teaching Adult Learners skills to reenter the job market. He spent four years with Goodwill Industries honing his skills as an Employment Coordinator, Job Developer, Financial Coach and career adviser. While spending two years assisting homeless individuals develop life plans, he became a regular contributor to the Good Men Project and self published two books. He recently collaborated on a new show that will premier in the fall of 2016. He currently resides in Long Beach and is always on the lookout for a great book and the perfect red velvet cupcake.
Ms. DeSantis is a fourth year Math and Science teacher with YouthBuild Charter School of California and in her second year with Compton Youthbuild. She was raised in South Gate, Ca, but went to high school on the border of Watts and Compton and always knew that she wanted to return to this area and give back to the community. After graduating high school with high honors, she went on to receive her BA in Geology with a minor in Education from Occidental College. She then remained at Oxy for an additional year to receive her secondary teaching credential in science. She is currently looking into masters programs.
Kimberly B. Hughes is President/CEO of EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services. Inc., and Director of Programs for Compton YouthBuild. As a consultant, she works with non-profit organizations, universities and local school districts in the areas of curriculum development and program implementation. Ms. Hughes past employment was as a teacher, department chair/ academic coordinator of Adult Secondary Education at Harbor Community Adult School, a division of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Prior to becoming an educator, Mrs. Hughes worked in the private and public sectors as a financial advisor, gerontologist and librarian. Recently, she served as an editor and chapter author for Advances in Educational Administration, Vol. 18: Identifying Leaders for Urban Charter, Autonomous and Independent Schools: Above and Beyond the Standards as well as published in the Journal of Educational Administration and co-authored a chapter in Education-Based Incarceration and Recidivism: The Ultimate Social Justice Crime-Fighting Tool. Ms. Hughes has presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
Candy Renteria is a Program Assistant at Compton YouthBuild. She graduated from Compton YouthBuild in 2014. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. She is currently a student at Los Angeles Trade Tech College working towards transferring to Cal State Dominguez Hills. She is planning to pursue a degree in Social Work. She is also a mother of a three year old daughter name Brianna. Her passions/interests include community work and working with young people.
Mr. Rodriguez is a 3rd year social science teacher for YouthBuild Charter School of California. He was born and raised in Watts and has been working since high school on community empowerment through education. Mr. Rodriguez is a first generation college student, attended the University of California Riverside and graduated with B.A's in History and Ethnic Studies. He returned to his community to become a program coordinator for after school programs for Inner Circle Youth in Watts. Mr. Rodriguez received his Masters in Urban Education and credential in secondary education from UCLA. His passion for education is to engage young people in transforming their community through action. He strives to empower his young people to be critical of issues in their community but work to find collective solutions to improve the conditions of where they live. He currently lives in Compton with his partner, Maira, daughter, Maite, mother-in-law, Zenaida, and dog, Honey.
Sara A. M. Silva is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. and serves as Chief Financial and Operations Officer for Compton YouthBuild. Mrs. Silva was a teacher at Harbor Community Adult School, part of the adult division of Los Angeles Unified School District from 2003-20012. Mrs. Silva has a Master's Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in psychiatric social work specializing in psychosocial mental health rehabilitation. Mrs. Silva has conducted in-service workshops, presented at local, state and international conferences, and has served as an editor for Advances in Educational Administration, Vol. 18: Identify Leaders for Urban Charter, Autonomous and Independent School: Above and Beyond the Standards as well as Journal of Educational Administration and was an author on a chapter in Education-Based Incarceration and Recidivism: The Ultimate Social Justice Crime-Fighting Tool.
Ms. Villalobos is a third year English teacher at Compton YouthBuild. She received her undergraduate degree in Chicana/o Studies and Education from UCLA. She spent a few years as a youth organizer before receiving her teaching credential from Cal State Los Angeles. Ms. Villalobos is currently in the last quarter of her Masters Program in Education Foundations at Cal State Los Angeles. She believes education should be a positive, loving, healing, empowering process in which students are able to see themselves as academics, leaders, and powerful individuals. She is a proud resident of the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. Her interests include eating delicious food, dancing, and spending time with her beautiful family.
Jonathan Ware is the Construction Trainer for Compton YouthBuild where he teaches apprenticeship readiness training, soft and life skills. He worked as a Assistant Supervisor and Head Laborer for 20 plus years at Hendricks and Son's Construction. In 2014 he was hired for the position of Construction Trainer for Long Beach / San Pedro W.I.N.T.E.R YouthBuild to lead the Construction Program and in February 2016 joined the team at Compton YouthBuild. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and went to Crenshaw High School. His passion is to help at promise youth see a positive future for themselves and help them to put the action behind words to make their dreams a reality.