Dulce Paz Baron-Jordan
SF Pathway to Teaching, SFUSD Credentialing Program
She is a SF native raised in the Mission in a bilingual/bicultural family. Her parents are both immigrants and work in education. Her mother in SFUSD, and her father in SFSU. She attended Head Start, Buena Vista, Horace Mann, T Marshall, SFSU. Her daughter, Luna, is at Glen Park.
“While volunteering at her school, my desire to teach became a clear goal. I like to think of it as a flame that was always constantly burning in my soul, and seeing the full cycle of like play out through my daughter, it was all I needed to spark up my commitment as an educator. Education is a true labor of love. I was raised by all of you, and for this, I am indebted to you all.”
Her passion is to become a bilingual elementary school teacher.
John O’Connell HS
Gay-Straight Alliance, Sueño Latino, Honor Roll, Upward Bound.
She attended Cleveland & Hoover. School has been an escape from a chaotic, stressful home. Alicia’s struggles has made her an example of excellence by becoming a top student and balancing all her responsibilities including younger siblings, internships, and doing well in school. She continues to grow into a mature and intelligent woman and says that in the future, she wants to use her career to help her community by working in the Health Industry as a Social Worker.
Psychology or Child Development
Balboa HS Fund raising, SF Youth Works Intern, Volunteer: OnLok Senior Center & Excelsior library, Student Association.
He attended J Serra & Edison. Knowing his parents’ resolve to do all they can to insure his education has driven Christian to apply himself, to overcome obstacles, and study hard as well as take jobs to help his family. He has great determination and self-discipline in making the most of his opportunities. He says that the scholarship will aid him in taking his determination to a further level of success and providing service to his community.
Computer Science and Engineering
Thurgood Marshall Honor Roll, Young Community Developers, School Site Council.
She was born in El Salvador and came to the US at 16. Adjusting to a new language was difficult, but Clara showed enormous effort to and was able to get good grades and succeed even amid family struggles. Clara is honest, vocal, and has represented the needs of students eloquently and respectfully at the SSC. She accepts challenges as learning opportunities, and speaks from the heart.
“Quiero ayudar a niños y fundar la educación en ellos.”
Cristhian Joel Pineda Diaz
SF International HS Intern SF Planning Depart, Gay Straight Alliance, Art Club, Just Cause, Lyric Undocu Workforce.
After his boyhood in a dangerous neighborhood of Honduras, he came to the US with his mother when he was seven. He has worked hard to overcome an abusive and difficult childhood and excel in his studies and intern/leadership roles in social justice causes. He has a strong human spirit that helps him become the person he wishes to be. He says that this scholarship can help support him achieve the beginning step toward being able to defend human rights, especially of the abused immigrant.
Social Justice, Poly Sci
Dirien Jackeline Fuentes Díaz
Thurgood Marshall HS
Student Advisor, Spanish Translator, YDC, Girls Soccer, Latinos United, Dragon Boat.
At fourteen she fled Honduras and at the US border she endured three months of nightmare in a shelter. Dirien has a unique level of maturity and responsibility, in academics, sports as well as with teachers and classmates. She is dedicated to serving her community. Being the oldest in a single parent home, she has worked hard to overcome challenges while caring for her sisters.
“I do it with love. I am showing them how to be a leader and never give up.”
Fine Arts, Theater Arts Teacher
June Jordan HS for Equity Camp Counselor, Aim High Intern, La Raza, Soccer, Boys/Girls Club Mentor, Workshop Presenter.
She attended Cleveland & SF Community. In 7th grade she suffered the loss of her grandmother at a time she most wanted her guidance. She turned the grief into motivation to succeed at school. She has succeeded and recently started Women Organizing Knowledge & Empowerment to help middle school children learn about social justice. She is creative, innovative, and courageous. Eileen says that she wants to go to college to help future generations.
“Helping my community is a great feeling.”
June Jordan HS for Equity
La Raza Collective, Prom Committee, Youth Art Exchange: Architecture, SFPD Intern.
She attended Chavez & H Mann. Elena is generous and sees her purpose as helping others as a teacher. She facilitated a discussion in school after nine Mexican women came to discuss repression in Mexico. She is a young ethicist, with a strong character, and an ironic sense of humor.
“My current teachers have inspired me because they value students as people. I want to become a teacher to treat kids like human beings and not just letters.”
Elizabeth Guzman de Anda
John O’Connell HS
Youth Outreach Worker, Pres. Senior class, Sueño Latino, Yearbook Editor, Mission Graduates.
She attended Flynn & BVHM. Watching her parents struggle to support seven children has given her a unique perspective on the value of hard work. She has exemplary academic and community involvement credentials, and is comfortable adapting to challenging situations.
“Having Mission Graduate’s guidance has molded me into an individual that advocates for youth empowerment. I want to be able to give back to the community.”
Business, Latino Studies
Hilltop HS Young Mother, Student of the Month, Soccer.
She attended SFIHS. She left her family in El Salvador only three years ago and took the long scary journey across the border. Guadalupe was caught, but had the good fortune to be helped and informally adopted by a family friend. The absence of her own family made her lonely and do things that had consequences. She continues to go to school and is grateful for the help at Hilltop. She has excelled enormously.
“My daughter is my motivation to always keep going and look forward to accomplish my goals to become a nurse.”
Honor Student, Girls Soccer, Volunteer Jamestown CC & Church group.
She attended Longfellow & Denman. Heidi is thoughtful, selfless, has a strong work ethic and a sense of humor. Her family is from El Salvador, but she is first generation San Franciscan.
“The main reason I want to study social work is that I see kids struggling when they shouldn’t and I want to be the solution one day.”
To prepare herself she has taken on many volunteer positions and is seen as a woman who is able to articulate her thoughts on high-level concepts.
The Academy of Arts and Sciences HS
Dist. 9 Youth Commissioner, Mountain Bike Team, Youth Leadership Award, Class Officer, Student Board.
Hugo lost his innocent feeling of security when ten because his family was evicted. He suffered with anxiety but sought help and turned his healing into
“wanting to be an advocate for the youth who are scared to speak up…”
He found organizations that do that work and he represents the Mission as Youth Commissioner. He is a natural-born leader, selfless, and a warrior for social changes. He is convinced his college education will help him fulfill these goals.
Political Science, Ethnic Studies High School Teacher
Jacqueline Alfano Roman
Acting for Critical Thought, Theater Arts.
She attended, Lau, Francisco & Mission HS. Jacqueline came to the US from a small town in Michoacan in the back of a car trunk. She was extremely shy until she discovered the world of acting. Writing plays is her preferred outlet for sharing her passionate struggle against misogynistic machismo and rape culture. Two of her plays have been picked up for performance. She is dedicated to
“change through drama. I want my mother to know that her sacrifices were worth more than just a high school diploma.”
Acting and Administration of Justice
Jonathan Adonis Cerrato Cruz
Soccer Team, Latino Marching Band.
He was born in Honduras and immigrated to the US in 2013 with one of his three brothers. His mother had already come to the US and his grandmother was his major support in his youth. Jonathan credits her with helping him be the person he is today. He wants to become a teacher so he can not only teach Spanish,
“pero también las tradiciones Latinas que pasaran en generación en generación, asi no se pierdan.”
Well respected by his peers, he sees the best in everyone.
Jose Guardado Enamorado
SF International HS
Varsaity Soccer, Pluto’s Café.
He grew up in danger, lost a friend to gangs in Honduras, and left with family for the US during his teens. At one time he supported himself and lived apart while doing well in school and also playing soccer. These trials made a strong natural leader who cares about others as well as his success. Jose looks to his future with hope, and says that he wants to give back to his family and do all he can to create change by pursuing his college degree.
Women’s Panel, Youth Speaks Poets, 4.0 Honor Role, Martial Arts, Creative Writer Contest.
She was born in Mexico, attended J Serra & Lick. Two years ago she was living in a car with her mother because they lost their house. Work around that and other struggles in the family brought out the strong woman that was getting buried under all the pain. Her goal is to study psychology.
“I want to learn where human actions come from and combine social work with therapy…specifically with immigrant families.”
Sociology, Psychology, Ethnic Studies
Student of the month, Street Soccer.
She attended Marshall, Everett, Marina & Galileo. Coming here with her family from Yucatan, walking across the desert and suffering from hunger, accustomed Lizet to struggle and practice determination. Her family has lived with little money and poor housing. Now, with her partner, it’s hard to make ends meet.
“Being a teen mom, I learned how to be responsible, independent, and how to communicate. These experiences have made me a better student who really wants to do something to help other people and to give back what people have given me.”
Student of Yr., Mock Trial Best, Volunteer, Salesforce Intern, Chick Tech.
She attended Chavez & Giannini. Maria suffered discouragement from hearing she would not be able to go to college because of her citizenship status, but the Deferred Action for Childhood changed her habits, and she worked tirelessly to redirect her school work, even one summer in COSMOS at UC Irvine learning computer skills.
“I have the power to make my dreams a reality and be able to help others in my community.”
Thurgood Marshall HS
Latinos United, Soccer.
He was born in El Salvador and arrived 3 years ago to reunite with his family that he had not seen for 12 years. In addition to working hard in school, he’s had to work long hours at night with his parents. He enjoys helping other newcomers feel comfortable and welcomed, offering himself as a resource. Ronaldo is committed to defeating the cycle of poverty.
“We all should have the opportunity to succeed in life. Even though I have experienced difficulties, I will never give up overcoming hard times.”
Mission High School
CORO Youth Fellow, Internships: Chinatown Development Center, Matter of Trust, Peer Mentoring, Volunteering and Translator.
She was born in Mexico and attended Chavez and H Mann. At seven, Yinia came to the US with her mom and siblings. The transition demanded strength and fight. She has worked two jobs while at school to help her family. She has a great deal of responsibility at home and has still made her education a success, including working well with other students.
“My goal is to open the path for the future generations of my family and community to go to college.”
Child Development, Elementary Teacher