Let’s get to know Karina Basurto, All Peoples Community Center’s Dunbar Village Youth Coordinator:
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Favorite Color: Blue/Turquoise
Favorite Sports Team: Club America (Mexican soccer team)
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Quote:“Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center: In my words, it is like home. It is an inviting place that really helps out the community. Most staff members are willing to go above and beyond to help out families. A loving and caring place.
Favorite Part of Your Job: My favorite part of my job is watching students excel in all areas. The smile they have on their faces when they are having fun, finally understand their homework, or learning how to do something new is the best thing of my job. The reaction they have when they thought they would never finish their homework and when they realize they did it, they jump up in excitement. The excitement they show when they learn to cook something new and realize it is not as hard as it seems.
My best All Peoples story: My best All Peoples story is when a grandma of one of the children from the After School Program came up to me and opened herself up to discuss family issues that were going on at the time. It was a family of 3 children and they were all enrolled in the After School Program. She had the trust to tell me about it and told me to look out for changes in their behavior and that she knew they might want to misbehave. She told me about it so that we could work together to help them understand the situation and let them know that it was not an excuse to misbehave. That people will be understanding but not tolerant to everything. She told me to help her out by seeing their behavior and if they did misbehave for me to let her know. By working together, we would help them through with the problem, we did and the children are well off. This motivated me and made me realize the impact we have in the children’s life and the real difference we could make to help out families.
Hobbies:Reading and baking
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I like to experiment and try new things. If I do something wrong, I will strive to do it better no matter what.
Me in 3 Words: Patient, caring, and hardworking
We’re so happy that Karina is part of our All Peoples Family!
About All Peoples Community Center
All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.
Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles. Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.
All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.
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