Anthony Carter

Anthony Carter

Mr. Anthony Carter is the Placement Specialist for Compton YouthBuild. He received his B.A from Fisk University and began his work in the Nonprofit sector in Detroit. He spent thirteen years living in Harlem and then Brooklyn performing in Dinner Theater and being paid in sushi for performing stand up comedy. He also toured the country in Beauty and the Beast before moving to Southern California in 2008. Upon moving to Long Beach, CA he began teaching Adult Learners skills to reenter the job market. He spent four years with Goodwill Industries as an Employment Coordinator which allowed him to assist homeless individuals seeking employment and support Culinary Arts Students (18-70) from Long Beach City College in developing long term financial, personal and professional goals. He recently completed a ten month Emerging Leaders Course sponsored by the Long Beach Nonprofit Organization. In early Fall of this year, Mr. Carter attended a 14 day Writers Retreat in Greece and participated in a reading of his most recent collection of Speculative Fiction/Sci Fi short stories, Rules of Reality. Currently, he is rediscovering his love of screenwriting and enjoying Hot Yoga on Sunday mornings. He resides in Long Beach.

Sylvana DeSantis

Sylvana DeSantis

Ms. Sylvana DeSantis is a 7th year Math and Science teacher with YouthBuild Charter School of California and in her fifth year with Compton YouthBuild. She was raised in South Gate, Ca, but made the decision to go out of her hometown to attend King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, an alternative high school near Compton, CA. 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. After 6 years of teaching, Sylvana has returned to school to work towards a Master's in Educational Technology and Media Leadership from California State University Long Beach.

Jessica Enciso

Jessica Enciso

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.

Tristan Frazier

Tristan Frazier

Kimberly B. Hughes

Kimberly B. Hughes

Kimberly B. Hughes is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services, Inc, EntreNous’ whose mission is to deliver holistic programs, resources and services to foster healthy communities and serves as Chief Programs Officer for Compton YouthBuild with the core values of respect, care and compassion. Ms. Hughes' past employment was as department chair/ academic coordinator and teacher of Adult Secondary Education at Harbor Community Adult School, a division of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Ms. Hughes has worked in the private and public sectors as a financial advisor, gerontologist and librarian. She holds Masters in Educational Leadership, Library/Information Science and Behavioral Science/Gerontology. Additionally, as a consultant, she works with non-profit organizations, universities and local school districts in the areas of curriculum development and program implementation. 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.

Chef Orlando Hutcherson

Chef Orlando Hutcherson

Chef Orlando Hutcherson started his culinary career working with his mother in the family catering business at the age of 15. He went on to spend 4 years in the Navy as a Mess Specialist AKA cook. Chef attended Santa Barbara City College Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary program. After completing the program, Chef Orlando went on to hold several positions in the food service industry in the Santa Barbara area, most notably, Catering Chef for UC Santa Barbara, Banquet Chef for the Four Seasons Biltmore and the Wine Cask Restaurant Company until relocating to Detroit Michigan to take the position of Executive Chef for 390 room Radisson Hotel, and then he became the Executive Chef for the Omni Hotel chain in Detroit. Upon returning to California Chef Orlando held positions as Executive Chef positions with Universal Studios, North American Toyota Headquarters, University of Southern California as well Executive Chef for Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Chef has been with Compton YouthBuild for four years as the Culinary Instructor where he has successfully developed teams of young people to cater events from weddings with 400 people to smaller events of 20 guests. Chef considers his time with the young people the most rewarding positions he’s held in his long wonderful career.

Candy Renteria

Candy Renteria

Ms. Candy Renteria is a Program Assistant at Compton YouthBuild. She graduated from Compton YouthBuild in 2014 as a member of the first graduating class. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. Candy was attending LA Trade Tech, but will be studying at Compton Community College in Spring 2019 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 five soon to be six year old daughter name Brianna. Her passions/interests include community work and working with young people.

Gabriela Lopez Rodriguez

Gabriela Lopez Rodriguez

Mrs. Gabriela 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 in 2017, she was hired to join the team. She currently resides in Bell Gardens with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys spending her free time with her loving family.

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez

Mr. Roberto Rodriguez is a 6th 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 empowering the community through civic engagement. Mr. Rodriguez is a first generation college student. He attended the University of California Riverside and graduated with B.As' in History and Ethnic Studies. He returned to his community to become a program coordinator for WLCAC. This experience influenced Mr. Rodriguez to pursue 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. Mr. Rodriguez recently completed his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from Cal State Dominguez Hills.He currently lives in Compton with his partner, Maira, daughter, Maite, mother-in-law, Zenaida, and dog, Panda.

Sara Silva

Sara Silva

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 both Compton YouthBuild & Whittier 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. 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 for Advances in Educational Administration, Vol. 18: Identify Leaders for Urban Charter, Autonomous and Independent School: Above and Beyond the Standards and was an author on a chapter in Education-Based Incarceration and Recidivism: The Ultimate Social Justice Crime-Fighting Tool and The Dark Side of Leadership.

Janitzia Villalobos

Janitzia Villalobos

Mrs. Janitzia Villalobos Soto is a sixth 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 recently moved to North Long Beach and is excited to be closer to community she serves. Her interests include eating delicious food, dancing, and spending time with her beautiful family and brand new baby daughter.

Jonathan Ware

Jonathan Ware

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.

Isabel Galvez Lara

Isabel Galvez Lara

Isabel Galvez Lara is the Associate Director & Teacher at Whittier YouthBuild and has been serving young people in the YouthBuild network in Los Angeles County and some of its surrounding counties since 2011. Isabel was born and raised in Lennox, CA and is the first person in her family to earn a college degree. Isabel holds a Masters in Education from University of California: Los Angeles’ Teacher Education Program and an administrative credential from the School Leadership Program at California State University: Dominguez Hills. Isabel’s personal experience as a student in Los Angeles schools is the foundation upon which she has developed her own pedagogical practice. Isabel firmly believes that by fostering a safe environment and hosting exposure opportunities for young people to dream, be curious, and explore, we can host a holistic approach to education and youth development that transforms schooling to transformative learning. Isabel’s is committed to providing students and staff with enriching experiences in the process of learning as a community so we may all transform the reality we see - into the future we dream about.

Sayaka Ponce

Sayaka Ponce

Sayaka Ponce, the Executive Director for Whittier YouthBuild, is dedicated to working with youth on their journey to success. Sayaka believes every young person has incredible capacity for progress and success. After teaching for over 15 years, including 10 years with YouthBuild Charter School of California, she is excited to take on the launch of Whittier YouthBuild. She is passionate about her work to connect with each member and student to unlock the inner power for personal change. Sayaka has facilitated workshops for Youth Participants, Staff, and Networks in the areas of Youth Leadership Training, Student Engagement, Building a Cohesive YouthBuild staff, Classroom management for Non credentialed staff, and Project Based Learning Curriculum Development, currently serves on the National YouthBuild Directors Council as a regional alternate and Chairs the Los Angeles Region YouthBuild Collaborative. Sayaka Ponce has earned her AA from Cerritos College, BS from Hampton University, and Masters in Education, currently pursuing an additional Masters in School Leadership from CSUDH.

Celeste Ruiz

Celeste Ruiz

Celeste Ruiz is currently serving as the MSW Intern Counselor for Whittier YouthBuild. In 2015, she received her B.S. in Community Health Science with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. As a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), she promotes healthy, holistic lifestyles for individuals, families, and their communities. Celeste has experience working with LGBT youth experiencing homelessness and for adults in permanent supportive housing. Celeste is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach and uses her knowledge and skills to approach students from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective. She truly believes that all people have internal strengths, resources, and resiliency.