All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Susana Nieva
Let’s get to know Susana Nieva, All Peoples Community Center’s College Advisor:
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite Quote: “Whoever corrects the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be still wiser; teach the righteous, and they will increase their learning.”
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center: I would describe All Peoples Community Center as the cornerstone of the South LA Community where the Community is welcome to come to make a positive difference in their lives, their families, and others. Our members are encouraged by staff to innovate themselves by starting a new career, going back to school, and contribute in the work force by ensuring employment along with many other resources.
Favorite Part of Your Job: My favorite part of my job is when I get to talk to families about opportunities for their children. They show appreciation knowing that they are not alone and that their children’s future is in their hands. I also enjoy listening to high school student’s talk about their plans in regards to their education. I humbly look up to them because most of them are first generation college applicants, and on top of that, our students come from economically deprived homes. Thus, it is a huge commitment to continue their education. They are doing it!
My best All Peoples story: My best All Peoples story is from a few months after joining All Peoples’ College Corner department. A college student came in distressed in regards to financial aid previous year disbursement. The student had an outstanding balance, therefore, was not allowed to add classes. He had done what he could in terms of financial aid tasks, but the college financial aid office was not helping him solve the issue; they were telling him that in order to add classes he had to pay out of pocket. I accompanied the student to the financial aid office, and spoke to the financial aid representative. The financial aid representative instantly uplifted the fees therefore, immediately allowing the student to add classes. The best part of this story was that the student was able to continue with his educational journey, moving one-step further to getting his degree.
Hobbies: I like to watch YouTube videos. I also enjoy looking at nature and writing.
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I love to write in my journal about lessons I’ve learned throughout my day and life with the purpose that I will never forget, and that I will practice them.
Me in 3 Words: Ambitious, Passionate, and Kind
We’re so happy that Susana 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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