The South Hayward Koshland Fellows

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Carla Dardon has been a passionate community organizer and family advocate in South Hayward for over 15 years. A pivotal point in her life came in 1994 when she attended  the first Promotora trainings in Hayward. It was at that moment that she understood that she would make community work, her life’s work.

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Sandra Morales came to the realization that she wanted to live a life of service and help bring positive change to the community of Hayward. Sandra volunteered at John Muir Elementary for the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC)  and after serving several years on ELAC, she was elected President of the District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC).

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Denize Sanchez received her degree in Sociology and Latino Studies from San Francisco State University and currently works for La Familia Counseling Service. She is involved in advocating for the rights of undocumented students like herself and works with immigrant families who often have no support or representation.

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Emily Chow is a long time Hayward resident and has worked on projects including Hayward Promise Neighborhood. Her advocacy work includes creating equitable systems of opportunity and education. She completed the Emerging Leaders program from the Center for Volunteers and Nonprofits and was  part of the 2013-2014 Leadership Hayward cohort.

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Jasmine Nakagawa is currently the Program Manager for FACES for the Future program, a two-year healthcare internship/leadership program for students in the 11th and 12th grades. She is motivated to continue providing educational and job opportunities for students and their families, like she does with FACES; which she believes will help families escape the cycle of poverty.

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Luis Covarrubias is an educator and community advocate dedicated to improving the experiences of children & their families in educational settings. He is the English Learners District Level Specialist for the HUSD and also serves as Coordinator for the District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), Hayward’s longest running parent-centered advisory committee. 

Sonnye Broherton was raised in a close knit family in the Jackson Triangle neighborhood of Hayward. At a young age, her grandmother and mother instilled the importance of giving back to the community.  She is committed to creating opportunities for collaboration & connection between neighbors, parents & schools, and hopes to inspire her son to also volunteer in the community. 

Jason Enrique Arenas has dedicated his life to working with youth and families in socio-economically disenfranchised communities. He currently serves as the Parent and Community Engagement Specialist with the Alameda County Office of Education, where he equips youth and adult leaders with the tools and resources necessary for transforming their own communities.

Martha Patricia Garcia has lived in Hayward since 2008 and known for her work in empowering Latino parents to advocate for themselves. Patricia’s greatest accomplishment has been the establishment of CAFE (Club de Aprendizaje para Una Familia Estable), a Parent Engagement Program for Tiburcio Vazquez Health Center Inc., and the Hayward Unified School District. 

Sandra Navarro has lived & worked in South Hayward for over 13 years as a resident and public school teacher at Tennyson High. She is a committed teacher who is very passionate about school reform and humanizing the educational experience of students who are most “at risk” She is very invested in understanding and developing the whole student  to maximize their present/future opportunities. 

Teresa Johnson is a passionate community leader dedicating to advocating for students and parents whose needs are often ignored. After her two sons began attending school, Teresa made it her life’s mission to advocate for students and garner parent support. Since then, she has worked as a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) member, a classroom volunteer, and has served on the School Site Council. 

Gabriel Hernandez has been a community organizer and human rights activist for more than 40 years. He has helped found Youth Together and Youth Uprising and he helped found Californians for Justice, a state-wide organization to get young people involved in electoral politics. Gabriel developed the Day Labor Center in Hayward from its inception.