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Kevin Aguilar will be the first in his family to graduate high school and go to college.
Meet Kevin. Kevin Aguilar is a seventeen year old high school student at NAVA Preparatory College Academy. He currently has a GPA of 3.3, and his favorite subject is Pre-Calculus. His hobbies include composing and writing music and photography.
Kevin grew up in a large family with strong values of work ethic, respect, hard work, determination, and a sense of self (knowing who you are). He believes that education helps broaden people’s perspectives and experience. Kevin also gives thanks to mentors like his cousin Brian that take time to guide and assist youth because in Kevin’s words, “it’s not easy living in rough neighborhoods”.
Kevin first joined All Peoples in November 2018 when he participated in our Toyota Scholarship Workshop provided through FamilySource College Corner. From there, Kevin enrolled into the YouthSource Center to get post-secondary transitional and employment support services. He is currently in the process of completing his work internship with YouthSource as an Academic Tutor at the All Peoples after-school program. Kevin stands out as a “natural leader” in the after-school program. He has strong mentor skills and sees all the youth as younger siblings.
Kevin has also contributed immensely to our South Los Angeles Vernon-Central community. He volunteers his time during All Peoples’ community events such as our Annual Christmas Event. Kevin has also joined All Peoples’ collaborative partner Los Angeles Community Action Team – LACAT and actively assists in community clean ups as well as homeless outreach.
Kevin’s goals are to attend Santa Monica College and then transfer to UCLA. He would like to major in Marketing/Advertisement or Computer Science with a minor in Music. YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios has started working with Kevin in the college enrollment process.
Facing family challenges and overcoming hard obstacles in life has made Kevin a resilient youth. Kevin enjoys time spent at All Peoples because he “loves the family environment”. He hopes to continue to be an example to and mentor his younger siblings by encouraging them to strive to go to college. Because of Kevin’s resiliency and with the support of his YS Case Manager Adrian Rios, Kevin will be the first to graduate and go to college in his family.
Pictured, YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios
Youth Programs are available at All Peoples Community Center year-around. Please contact Rios at (213) 747-6357 Ext. 151 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding the services available.
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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