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 resides in Long Beach and is always on the lookout for a great book and the perfect red velvet cupcake.
Ms. DeSantis is a 6th year Math and Science teacher with YouthBuild Charter School of California and in her fourth year with Compton YouthBuild. She was raised in South Gate, Ca, but decided to go out of her hometown to attend an alternative magnet high school located in Willowbrook, an unincorporated community of Los Angeles, near Compton. In 2007, she graduated from high school with high honors and was nominated to become a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS). She received a full scholarship from the Gates Foundation, using it towards her Bachelors of Arts in Geology with a minor in Education from Occidental College. During her senior year at Oxy, she was then given the honor of becoming a Robert Noyce Scholar, a scholarship program through the National Science Foundation. She decided to continue her education at Oxy for an additional year to receive her secondary teaching credential in science. Although she has spent the last five years teaching, she plans to continue her education. She is currently looking into masters programs that focus on STEM education.
Jessica Enciso is a Program Assistant at Compton Youthbuild. She was raised in Lynwood, California but attended high school in Compton, California. She graduated from Compton YouthBuild in 2016. She is currently a student at Long Beach City College and is working towards her Associate in science. Her passion is to give back to the community, and tutor students with special needs.
Rosa is currently serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA project development leader with the Los Angeles Region YouthBuild Collaborative and helping to formalize the organization's’ operations. She attended UC San Diego and obtained her bachelor’s in urban planning and double majored in communication. While in school, she joined the organization Queer and/or Trans People of Color and served on board for two terms. As the programming intern for UC San Diego’s Women’s Center, Rosa hosted weekly workshops surrounding feminism and social justice for her peers, community members and staff. She also served as a mentor for the Early Academic Outreach Program at San Ysidro High School for two academic years, where she advised High School students on college and career readiness. She then went on to coordinate a college access program for Queer and/or Trans Youth of Color in the San Diego area holding an annual conference whose theme was: “Enough!, Reaching for higher education through self-affirmation”. Through these experiences, Rosa has gained a passion for social justice, peer- learning and youth leadership. Upon graduating, Rosa-- a proud Compton-native, returned to her community where she now lives with her partner and younger sister.
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.
Certified Executive Chef Orlando Hutcherson
Chef Orlando started his culinary career in the Navy where he served four years. He received a certificate of completion from Santa Barbara City College Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary program. After completing the program, Chef Orlando held several positions in the food industry in Santa Barbara, most notably, Catering Chef for UC Santa Barbara, Banquet Chef for the Four Seasons Biltmore and Catering Chef for the Wine Cask Restaurant Company until relocating to Detroit Michigan to take the position of Executive Chef position for the 390 room Radisson Hotel, then Executive Chef for the Omni Hotel chain in Detroit. Upon returning to California Chef Orlando has held positions as Executive Chef position with Universal Studios, North American Toyota Headquarters, USC as well Executive Chef for Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Chef has been with Compton Youthbuild for two years and sees the position as the most rewarding job he’s had in his 35 year career.
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 four year old daughter, Brianna. Her passions/interests include community work and working with young people.
Mrs. Rodriguez is the Case Manager for Compton YouthBuild. She was raised in Bell Gardens, California with her 2 older sisters and father. In 2009, she received her B.A in Psychology from UC Riverside. While in Riverside, she worked as a tutor in a low-income neighborhood and knew she wanted to do more to serve young people. After graduation, she returned to her hometown and continued serving youth as a tutor and as a special education paraprofessional. She decided to return to school to pursue her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. During her practicum year, she was introduced to Compton YouthBuild. She served at CYB as a Life Coach and fell in love with the program and everything it did for the young people and the community. Upon finishing her 900+ hours of service, and earning her MSW and PPSC, she was hired to join the team. She currently resides in Long Beach with her husband and enjoys spending her free time with her loving family.
Mr. Rodriguez is a 5th 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’s research focuses on creating and sustaining equitable leadership, educational and occupational opportunities for youth ages 16-24 in economically distressed communities in Los Angeles County, California. Mrs. Silva was a YouthBuild Director’s Fellow 2015-2017 and is Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Region YouthBuild Collaborative.
Prior to co-founding EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services, Mrs. Silva was a teacher at Harbor Community Adult School, part of the adult division of Los Angeles Unified School District from 2003-2012. 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 Advances in Educational Administration, Vol. 18: Identifying Leaders for Urban Charter, Autonomous and Independent Schools: Above and Beyond the Standards and was an author for Education-Based Incarceration and Recidivism: The Ultimate Social Justice Crime-Fighting Tool, The Dark Side of Leadership: Identifying and Overcoming Unethical Practice in Organizations and Restorative Practice Meets Social Justice: Un-Silencing the Voices of At Promise Student Populations. Mrs. Silva lives in San Pedro, is married to her best friend and partner, Victor, and is the proud step-mother to Adrianne, Linda and Jahara and grandmother to Ricky Jr. and Alana.
Ms. Villalobos is a fifth 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 and Masters in Education Foundations at Cal State Los Angeles. She believes education should be a positive, loving, healing, and 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.