Youth Organizer Kern
Maria aspires to build community within our youth, and families, while also enhancing civic engagement and wellness for the minority groups in our distinct regions. Maria is passionate about advocating for black and brown student’s rights for any and all social injustices they may face, including education, LGBTQIA+ community, low-income, English language learners and foster youth. She strives to provide hope and opportunity to all students of color and continue uplifting their voices.
Prior to joining DHF, Maria studied at California State University of Fresno, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. While attending Fresno State, she worked with JUMPSTART Americorps, educating preschool students in under-resourced communities and preparing them for Kindergarten. After Maria graduated, she continued working in education with the Boys and Girls Club in Kern and then with Equality California Americorps. With EQCA, she served as a student mentor where she was able to support central valley LGBTQIA+ students and allies.
As a first generation, Mexican-American daughter of immigrants, Maria understands the obstacles and inequity our communities face. She will continue to be an adult ally and provide the necessary tools and training to support the well-being of our youth and families, as they become leaders in our community too.