• Camila Francisco

    Alejandra Serrano, Mission High School

    Foodwise Teens, Family Translator, Environmental Stewardship Intern

    Studies/Goal: Psychology

    Alejandra attended Marshall ES and Hoover MS. She was 2 years old when her family migrated from Mexico with the dream of economic and academic opportunities. She is an outstanding writer and grasps complex topics such as, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, systemic racism, intersectionality, gentrification, generational wealth gaps, and many others. Alejandra is empathetic, kind, fair, hardworking, reflective, and very intellectual. Instead of letting fear immobilize her, she faces it head on and works through it. She is someone who takes action and can apply what she learns to her life. Alejandra has also been proactive in the Black Lives Matter Movement, understanding the connection of the oppression of Black and Latinx people.

  • Andrea Alvarado

    Lowell High School

    Causa Justa Intern, Family Translator, Caregiver for her sister who has challenges

    Studies/Goal: Dietetics and Nutrition

    Andrea was born in Guatemala and attended Spring Valley ES and Marina MS. She is proud to be a first generation Afro Latina. Andrea has the ability to keep going despite all that she must carry. She is a student who understands the seriousness of the things we are facing and knows how to remain resilient. Andrea overcomes her struggles and builds upon her strengths. Despite the circumstances, or because of the circumstances, Andrea is clear about who she is and has been and is putting forth her best self.

  • Andrea Hernandez

    SF International High School

    International Committee, Gay Straight Alliance, LGBT+, Caregiver for niece

    Studies/Goal: Medical Assistant or EMT

    Andre (as they are called) is a thoughtful student who is good at building relationships. They have overcome many challenges while at school. Andre was raised by their grandmother in El Salvador and was very close to her until she passed away this year. Andre has also been reunifying with their mother, which has been a challenging process. They are always willing to participate and engage with academic material, even when it is challenging. Since 10th grade, Andre has progressed tremendously especially in English.

  • Ben M Handleman

    Ruth Asawa SOTA High School

    Cross Country Captain, Mock Trial, SOTA Intersectionality Council

    Studies/Goal: Philosophy, Economics, Political Science

     Ben was born in Guatemala and attended Dolores Huerta (Fairmount) ES and Hoover MS. Ben is an excellent student and demonstrates a strong commitment to his academic studies. He consistently shows great professionalism and critical thinking skills. Ben assists at implementing lessons that are engaging and have a unique student perspective, making him an important part of enhancing the learning of everyone. Ben has been through a lot during his time in high school and weathered it with a grace and determination far beyond what could reasonably be expected of anyone. Ben is a steady, calming presence in classes. He identifies what’s important and stays focused on that, whether it be school work, a role in a show, or helping a friend. He is unfailingly kind, considerate and thoughtful.

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