Clippers Community Heroes

2017-18 HONOREES

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LaTonja Lindsey

Union Rescue Mission

Honored: April 11, 2018

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Rosa Ruiz

Union Rescue Mission

Honored: April 11, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
8 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Make a difference in someone life.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My mother because of the love and compassion she had for others.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
Empower women and children that their present circumstances don’t determine their future.
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Jaime Walters

Los Angeles Fire Department

Honored: April 9, 2018

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Omari Battles

100 Black Men

Honored: April 9, 2018

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Jennifer Chan

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: April 7, 2018

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Beverly Allen

STEAM:CODERS

Honored: April 7, 2018

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Cristina Davis

Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles

Honored: April 3, 2018

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Vicki Connely

Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles

Honored: April 3, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
1 Year.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
To implement our mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My sister, Sharon who inspires me on a daily basis and who supported and encouraged me through tough times.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I have helped by being part of a team that works hard to make a difference in the lives of the girls we serve. Because we work together for our mission we also inspire each other to be all we can be as women.
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Shareny Plaza

Girls on the Run LA

Honored: April 1, 2018

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Kaila Toce

Girls on the Run LA

Honored: April 1, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
Since August 2017.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Being able to see the positive impact that our program has on the lives of so many girls throughout Los Angeles.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to my mother because she has been a constant, drivitathng force in my life and she doesn't let anything stop her.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel like I've helped the community by empowering the girls in our program to be themselves. I believe that strong girls will build strong communities, and that's what we've accomplished with this program.
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Moneka Reece

A Place for me Mentoring

Honored: March 27, 2018

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Annie Augustin

Triple Threat Mentoring

Honored: March 27, 2018

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Celina Lopez

Reach Out/Latino Health Collaborative

Honored: March 18, 2018

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Priscilla Leal

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

Honored: March 18, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been with Lutheran for the last 5 months. I have worked in the non-profit industry for the last three years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Helping my community with resources and educating them on the opportunities that are out there.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to my mother because she has taught me to be a strong women and to always be caring of others. She taught me to treat everyone with the same respect I would want to receive.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
By educating my clients about the free programs that are available. Also reaching out the low income families that sometime don’t know we’re to turn for emergency help.
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Cynthia Messenger

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Honored: March 10, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I've been with KIPP Scholar since 2015.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
I love that our values are scholarship, love, integrity, and grit. Our scholars will possess a love of learning. They will love themselves, their community, team, and family. They understand that with the value of grit, they will achieve their goals no matter how challenging they may be. By doing what’s right even when no one is looking, our students’ integrity will guide them in their decision-making. I love what we stand for and what we continue to teach our students, not only during school but throughout after school as well. As the site coordinator of the after-school program, I continuously work with daytime teachers to make sure we are aligned.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I've always looked up to anyone that want's to make a difference in students lives. We have beautiful leaders in this world that allow our future to achieve being the best that they can be. Leaders that push students to achieve more than what they think. Leaders that guide our students to make the right decision when you're faced with uncomfortable situations. Leaders that create leaders that come back to our cities that need it the most to do the same thing others did for them.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
After School allows me to be an advocate for many things. This year we have focused on human trafficking and homelessness. We created an event through "The Sand Project" that allowed our students to go out into our community and create awareness to our community. We also fed 100 homeless people in our community and marched for change and awareness. I love sharing my story with my students. I feel like they can relate to me in so many ways. Making them feel like they're not alone and someone understands is very important to me!
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Dominique Wilkes

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Honored: March 10, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
My church joined Girl Scouts our USA 6 months ago.
What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
That I get to motivate and influence young women and girls.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Mother Teresa.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
Every two months my women group go out and serve the community by feeding and clothing the South LA and DTLA area. And now that we have Girl Scout I have been able to incorporate that with the younger women and girls.
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Evan Unrau

Positive Coaching Alliance

Honored: March 9, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
3 Months.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Having the ability to work with Coaches, Athletes and Parents and teaching them the power of positive in their sporting endeavors.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to my mother. She was a single mom and juggled so many different things while still supporting my athletic pursuits. She is a rock-star!

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I try and show young girls specifically that they can achieve anything they want in life. With hard work, a driven mentality there is no door closed to them and sport is an incredible gateway to so many beautiful things in life.
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Lindsay Amstutz

Positive Coaching Alliance

Honored: March 9, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
2 years.
What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Love what PCA does to help parents and coaches teach and encourage the joy of youth sports.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My mom. Strongest woman I know.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
Try to be the best example I can be.
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Tiffany Walker

Advancing Communities

Honored: March 6, 2018

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Maggie Kavarin

City of Glendale, Community Services and Parks

Honored: March 6, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
7 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The interaction with the youth and their families and the impact I get to make in their lives through my volunteer efforts.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Honestly. 2 People. 1. My Mother- because she had to overcome much adversity in her life and she did her best with what life dealt her and she never faltered from her convictions. 2. Hillary Clinton-because of her ambition and tenacity and grace. She's one of the first women that took the role of first lady and molded it into a non-traditional version of itself. She takes life's ups and downs and still gets up and is dutiful at the end of the day. She understands her responsibility and DUTY due to the cards she too was dealt as my mother.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel my talents in the field of Organizational Leadership have helped guide the volunteers in the teen committee I oversee to dedicate themselves to doing better, achieving more and being generous, humble, and mannered. I want them to be the best in whatever field they want to pursue. When I help the youth...I am in turn actually helping the community and society. These kids are going to be part of society and the community and the world. That is my contribution to them and society.
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Courtnay Caufield

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: March 4, 2018

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Bevin Marideth

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: March 4, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
20 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Providing intensive care nursing while maintaining a family centered environment, encouraging family bonding, and watching the most critically ill infant’s being able to be discharged home is extremely rewarding. It is great to hear from graduate families and see pictures of the infants as they grow!

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to the neonatal nurses that have worked in the field for a long time. The NICU is such a fast changing environment with new advances and technology. It is great to see how easily most of them adapt and continue to provide excellent care.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I am lucky that in my role as a NICU Nurse I am able to advocate for one of the most vulnerable populations of patients and am able to work with, support, and educate their families.
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Phatara Chavis

Phenomenal Angels of the Community

Honored: March 2, 2018

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Barbara Jett

Phenomenal Angels of the Community

Honored: March 2, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
5 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Witnessing the changes and growth of the young ladies we serve. Seeing the smiles on their faces.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Sharon Roby because she had a vision. She looked around and saw that these young ladies needed help and guidance then developed a plan and pushed it forward. And she allowed me to be part of the process.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
By raising the awareness that we need to be more conscious of what we are teaching our girls. By letting them know that we hear them and are here to assist.
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Claude Millhouse

Mid Valley YMCA

Honored: February 28, 2018

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Miguel Ramirez

Mid Valley YMCA

Honored: February 28, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
5 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Seeing the development and growth of each kid in the sport of basketball.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Kind of hard to say one person in my life, but my parents come first due to the reason that they are the reason I always try to give a 100% at what I do now in life as a parent, as a leader, and as a coach.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
Feel great. I love helping and assisting.
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Ben Alday

Triple Threat Mentoring

Honored: February 5, 2018

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Jason Lamb

Triple Threat Mentoring

Honored: February 5, 2018

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Tyree Boyd

California African American Museum

Honored: February 3, 2018

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Kimberly Tronic

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: February 3, 2018

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Tony Yang

Triple Threat Mentoring

Honored: January 30, 2018

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Ronnie Robles

Triple Threat Mentoring

Honored: January 30, 2018

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Becky Avila

Mar Vista Family Center

Honored: January 24, 2018

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Roxanna Suarez

Mar Vista Family Center

Honored: January 24, 2018

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Alberto Ramos

Power 4 Youth

Honored: January 22, 2018

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Jason Dingle

The Children's Collective

Honored: January 22, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
5 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Mentoring and young students. Coaching first generation college student athletes.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My Grandparents who marched with Dr King. They were community activists and religious leaders in my hometown.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I have helped to send over 150 first generation student athletes attend college.
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Maria Ladesma

SPARK

Honored: January 17, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
Twelve years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of being a teacher is the chance to work in an environment that’s dynamic which revitalizes my youthfulness when working with my students.It also encourage me to keep on learning that makes me a life long learner.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My Mother was an Elementary teacher. I saw how she had been so dedicated and passionate about her craft.I saw her happiness and contentment whenever she was able to get the students read and write..I admired my mother in all aspect of being a woman.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel I am valuable member of the society.Also I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity given to me to help my students in the best way I know. I'm so grateful and joyous.
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Stephanie Aguilar

Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters

Honored: January 17, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
7 years.
What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Being matched to my Little Sister from Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters for 7 years. She is graduating high school this year and will go off to college. Big accomplishment for both of us!

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to my mother, who came to the United Stated with nothing and worked hard, so all her children could graduate from college.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
Mentoring directly impacts youth and it changes the way they see the community around them. In addition, you get so much in return. I learned something every day from my Little Sister and she always challenged me to be a leader of consequence.
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Danny Bakewell

Honored: January 15, 2018

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Stinson Brown

Honored: January 15, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
Since 2007.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Helping young men of color to change how they view themselves in comparison to the larger society. Living beyond life beyond mediocrity and embracing limitless possibilities through mentoring.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Ervin Magic Johnson. He has truly became the change he desires to see in the world.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
The community has benefited by my 30 years of service as a Los Angeles Police Officer. The youth are inspired and many have achieved great accomplishments due to unconditional love and respect.
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Devon Feldmeth

Red Eye

Honored: January 13, 2018

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Norma Soto

The Salvation Army Seimon Family Youth and Community Center

Honored: January 13, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been with Salvation Army for 14 and a half years now.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is when a child says to me" look teacher Norma I did it, I can do it" and definitely all the hugs and love that I receive daily from the children.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Besides my loving parents, I was very fortunate to have several wonderful teachers growing up and to work with some very special people. However , I look up to Preschool teachers. The Preschool teachers who commit their love and energy to the cognitive and social emotional development of the first years of a child's life.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I definitely believe people need people. I take pride in working with the children and participating in the special events that take place in our center for the community.
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Nakawa Shepherd

LA Job Corp

Honored: January 8, 2018

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Jane Bemis

Operation Jump Start

Honored: January 8, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
2 years. Mentor/Board member/Chief of Staff.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Seeing how successful we are in high school graduation, college acceptance and college graduation.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My father .... he works hard and shows great respect to all people.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I take every opportunity to give back to my community. Working at Operation Jump Start gives me the opportunity to support the youth.
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Edd Benda

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Honored: January 6, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been a Big Brother for a little over three years, and I have been a Junior Board member for a little over two years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Big Brothers Big Sisters' commitment to one-on-one youth mentorship inspires a whole new generation of youth to reach and achieve higher than they ever thought possible. I spend time with my little brother Aylan a couple times a month, and he reminds me just how much joy there can be in life. He makes me feel like a kid again! While I know that I have a positive impact as a role model in his life, I cannot understate the amazing positive impact that he has on mine.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I am blessed to come from a family and community of strong women and men that inspire me everyday. Two individuals that I look up to are my Uncle Jon and my friend Dante. Two of them were dealt challenging hands in life, and in spite of their circumstances they approach everyday with poise, grace, and humor. They inspire me to take on all obstacles in life with their consistent strength to overcome big obstacles.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I am honored to be in a leadership position within Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA. My role there gives me the opportunity to build and grow the community of "Big" volunteers in Los Angeles. With every new Big that we are able to involve in the program, that is another young life that will be forever changed for the better.
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Joanne Ordono

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: January 6, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
17 years.
What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of working with our patients is that we are able to make a difference and support them during one of the most difficult times in their life.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I look up to my parents, who are now in their 80's, because of the amazing love they still have for each other and for our family. I admire them for their selflessness, strength, resilience and for the sacrifices they made to lay down a solid foundation for us to build upon; one that we can pass down to our children and the generations after them. They continue to demonstrate the importance of having faith in God, commitment to family, the value of hardwork and helping others.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
As a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), my role is to help pediatric patients, from birth to 21 years of age, cope with the anxieties and fears associated with their illness and with being in the hospital. I also volunteer at my church to help mentor kids and young adults both in the church and outside of the church through different outreach and mission work.
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Cedric White

Concerned Black Men

Honored: January 4, 2018

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Shamera Johnson

Long Beach Blast

Honored: January 4, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been affiliated with BLAST for 3 years now.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of working with BLAST is being able to give back to a community that is under-served. I enjoy improving the lives of the students that we work with.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to my mother because she taught me how to be resilient, to always have grit, and to always have high self-efficacy. Being a single mother, she did everything on her own; although it was challenging, she never gave up on herself or her children.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel that I have helped the youth in my community by helping them to think about their future. I work with them to help them become better people and understand that mistakes are only opportunities for growth. The teens that I work with learn life skills that help them to be able to see all things as a challenge, not as an impossible obstacle. I teach them growth mindset and give them the skills needed to be successful in adulthood.
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Ryan Handy

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

Honored: January 2, 2018

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Tony Handy

Los Angeles Fire Department

Honored: January 2, 2018

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
16 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Making a positive difference in people's lives.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Many of our Fire department leaders as well as several sports figures.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
By truly saving lives and educating our young people on life saving techniques (CPR) and Fire Safety.
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Robert Hinojosa

Los Angeles Fire Department

Honored: December 31, 2017

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Ted Chambers

Los Angeles Fire Department

Honored: December 31, 2017

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Dustin Cannistraci

Los Angeles Fire Department

Honored: December 26, 2017

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Greg Galvez

Los Angeles Fire Department

Honored: December 26, 2017

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Claire Martinez

Mission Hills Tigers Boys and Girls Club

Honored: December 20, 2017

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Jolie Navarro

Mission Hills Tigers Boys and Girls Club

Honored: December 20, 2017

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Olga Perez

Boys and Girls Club of Ramona Gardens

Honored: December 11, 2017

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Julian Corona

Boys and Girls Club of Ramona Gardens

Honored: December 11, 2017

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Dr. Dechu Puliyanda

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: December 9, 2017

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Raymond Anthony Sanchez

Ted Watkins Park

Honored: December 9, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
6 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Seeing the life and knowledge growing in side of the beautiful kids of the culture of the Community.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
To all the veterans before me Dino, coach tiny.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I haven’t helped the community the community helped me.
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Carlos Martinez

Boys and Girls Club of East LA

Honored: December 6, 2017

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Isaac Flores

Boys and Girls Club of East LA

Honored: December 6, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been working at East L.A Rising as of December 2011. I am on my 8th year with the organization.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Working with youth has inspired me to pursue a career in education working with students. It has i fluenced me to continue to work with students and help mentor, coach and inspire them to pursue an educational career and potentially advise them towards success.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to my mother. She has worked mosy of her life and continues to do so. She deserves the world and I am pursueing a career with what I enjoy doing to repay with all i can for always supporting and encouraging me to succeed in life and to always keep trying.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I have been involved within my community for many years. I have helped them in ther academics healthy life styles and building character and leadership. My work efforts have helped encourage youth to meet daily goals whether it's learning how to count ot catching a ball. The population I work with has inspired me more than they'll ever know than what I inspured them.
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Robin Goldsworthy

Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts

Honored: November 30, 2017

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Michelle Gonzalez

Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts

Honored: November 30, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I am the Explorer Coordinator for Glendale Police Department and our post is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America - Verdugo Hills Council.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Youth advocacy. Building leaders of tomorrow through career and character education.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My parents. They are hardworking providers and committed to family and building community.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I am committed to being the best mentor and continually strive to lead by example. I treat everyone with dignity and respect and will continue in this field for as long as there are youth that I can reach out to and provide a positive interaction.
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Daniel Gutierrez

LAFD

Honored: November 27, 2017

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Adam Walker

LAFD

Honored: November 27, 2017

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Alaina Tillman

The Purple Rose Foundation

Honored: November 13, 2017

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Kimberly Burnett

The Purple Rose Foundation

Honored: November 13, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
Nov. 2011.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Since being diagnosed with Lupus, and starting the Purple Rose Foundation, the most rewarding part of this is helping other people have hope. Letting them know this disease doesn’t have to be a death sentence and they can still live a fulfilling life despite the diagnosis of an incurable disease.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to Jesus Christ. Without Him I would be nothing. Because of Him I have had the strength to fight for my life despite strokes and seizures. I truly do not know where I would be without my Lord and savior.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel I have helped bring more awareness to Lupus in most communities. I have also provided support to those who have the disease and their families. From families whose children have passed away from Lupus, who are currently fighting the disease or caregivers, I try my best to be a beacon of hope and help for them, and support them as best as I can.
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James Shaw

Santee American Basketball

Honored: November 5, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
5 years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Working with at risk youth is a challenge alone but to get these guys to become productive citizens and win 4 championships in a row is an amazing thing.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My coaches as a player was always the people i looked up to. They believed in me and pushed me to become the man I am today.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I coach and mentor over 400 kids from my high school to my rec basketball league.
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Sandie Sternberg

Cedars-Sinai

Honored: November 5, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) for over 30 years and with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 16 1/2 years.
What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
How I describe my role as a CCLS to my pediatric patients is to tell them that I am like a "teacher about the hospital and their room is like my classroom" but I don't give homework or grade papers. It's part of my job to help patients and families navigate through some of the most tender, tumultuous times in their lives. Whether it's preparing them for an operation, coaching them through a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness or helping them develop a "coping plan" for pain management, I get to use health education, distraction, relaxation, guided imagery, laughter and therapeutic play to infuse a sense of fun and normalcy into a challenging situation.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
The obvious answer would be my parents, as they offered me a grand foundation on which to build, however my 20 year old son is the one I truly admire. Having had the privilege of raising him on my own, being mindful of instilling the same values in him that my parents instilled in me, it has been a joy to watch him grow into this incredible young man. His dedication to his family, his studies and career goals, his work and his own volunteer involvement demonstrates a level of maturity and compassion well beyond his years. He's experienced many losses in his young life. Losses I couldn't shield him from. Things have not always been easy for him but he has taken each challenge head-on and turned road blocks into building blocks with a courage and fortitude again, beyond his years. He inspires me! I am so proud of him and excited to see the impact he makes in this world.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
By doing and being my best, no matter where I am. I try to be a positive role model for all those I meet, treating people with dignity and kindness, no matter their circumstance. Whether in my personal life, work life or when I volunteer my time for a variety of community events and organizations, paying things forward is a way of life. Taking care of and motivating others to do the same is part of who I am.
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Sylvester Allison III

Dream It First Foundation

Honored: November 4, 2017

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Gabriela Garcia

Dream It First Foundation

Honored: November 4, 2017

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Franz Bahadosingn

SPARK

Honored: November 1, 2017

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Vy Jen

SPARK

Honored: November 1, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
Over 2 years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Working with Spark has been a great experience to see my mentee grow as an individual and be able to see her project come to life.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My mom because she is the strongest person I know. She's been through a lot throughout her life and she inspires me everyday.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel like there's usually so much to do with work and my personal life but being able to give back either through my volunteer time, sharing my experiences and working with others that want to work with you and appreciate your help is very rewarding.
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Jerry Johnson

LAFD

Honored: October 30, 2017

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Anthony Kong

LAFD

Honored: October 30, 2017

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Luq Watkins

BBBS-LA

Honored: October 28, 2017

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Stephanie Powers-Kurtz

BBBS-LA

Honored: October 28, 2017

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Nason Buchanan

DTML

Honored: October 24, 2017

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Cameron Williamson-Martin

DTML

Honored: October 24, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
3/4 Years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of working with these many organizations is finding the light for change I feel children from my background are looking for, and giving them the opportunity to experience that light in the most life changing and memorable ways.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
As long as I could remember I have always looked up to Tupac Shakur. Representing the image, spirit, and soul of the reality in the inner city that he used to influence the growth and change we all hope to see and be apart of.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel that I have only began to walk in the light of change in my community by being a(n) example of the personal growth and dedication towards breaking new cultural norms that continue a cycle of dysfunction in my community and the families that live there.
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Larune Valentine

US Coast Guard

Honored: October 21, 2017

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Dirik Moses

US Coast Guard

Honored: October 21, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
15 years and 9 months.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Helping out the community when needed.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Always looked up to my Mom for all her hard work and dedication she put into work and time off.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I have coached many sports over the last 15 years and have helped out youth and community in doing so.
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James Lee

Mustangs REC & PARKS

Honored: October 13, 2017

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John Au

Mustangs REC & PARKS

Honored: October 13, 2017

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James Rucker

Operation Jump Start

Honored: October 12, 2017

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Lance Villena

Operation Jump Start

Honored: October 12, 2017

How long have you been a part of your organization/LAPD/LAFD/school/organization?
5 years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Being able to mentor and help another person reach their educational goals and get to college!

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I always look up to my parents for getting me to where I am today. Their continued support and life lessons have guided and inspired me become to become a better person!

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I hope to have inspired others to give back and help other people in their communities. If I help one person, hopefully that person helps another, and then another. Soon, a whole chain of love and kindness can continue to grow and reach others in need.
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Antoine McNeely

City of Hawthorne

Honored: October 8, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
6 years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Teaching life and socials skills to children from all walks of life.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My grandmother, she has always extended her heart to raise and help and direct children she saw that may have need.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
By creating a line of communication between parents and organizations to foster a positive and open relationships for both.
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Charles Bryant

City of Hawthorne

Honored: October 8, 2017

How long have you been affiliated with your organization/ school or company?
I have been apart of the Hawthorne Youth league for 10 years.

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The best part of being apart of this program is the ability to watch players develop the skills as basketball players and develop the teamwork that is necessary for the game of basketball and in life.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
My mom is a person I looked up to.She always expressed the importance of helping others and being active in your community.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
Being a coach in this community have given me an opportunity to reinforce the power of being positive and encouraging to players, and families throughout the years. When the community is positive and encouraging, then the neighborhood and city is in a better place. As a result, everyone benefits.
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