Meet the 2015 CLYLP Ellie Enriquez Peck Alumni Interns
University of California, Berkeley
Kaitlyn is a first generation college student in her first year at UC Berkeley. She graduated from West Valley High School in Hemet, California. Growing up, her parents stressed the importance of a higher education and helped her achieve her dream of attending a four-year university. She is double majoring in Political Science and Molecular and Cell Biology and is a member of the Cal Women’s Rugby Team. She is passionate about politics, education, community service, and science, specifically in the fields of medicine and forensics. She is determined to help her community any way she can and is contemplating a career in medicine or law. Kaitlyn is an alumni of the 2013 Sacramento Leadership Conference, and in 2014 was selected as a peer counselor. CLYLP inspired her to help her community attain their dreams of higher education.
Kevin is a Southern California native and he participated in the 2012 Sacramento Leadership Conference. Throughout his high school career he interned at the Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks and eventually became a student manager. This experience fueled his commitment to increasing accessibility to health care in low-income communities. Kevin is a freshman at Stanford University majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Care Policy. He is currently training to be a patient health educator at a free clinic near Stanford. Kevin is also an active member of Dance Marathon, an on-campus group that seeks to raise awareness of and support for the organization’s beneficiary Partners in Health Rwanda through fundraising, education on public health, and community-building efforts. He will travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia this summer for an international service project focused on community health. Kevin is thrilled to be able to give back to CLYLP and is excited for his professional development as an Ellie E. Peck Intern.
Alejandra Magana Gamero
Santa Clara University
Alejandra is a freshman studying Psychology at Santa Clara University. She was born and raised in Santa Monica and is the first person in her family to attend college. Alejandra is passionate about helping underprivileged youth acquire a higher education and motivating them to achieve their full potential. Her role models are her older siblings, Mariana Magaña and Juan Ramón Magaña, who despite being undocumented never gave up on their education. At Santa Clara University she is involved M.E.Ch.A and Strive for College Mentoring. Strive for College Mentoring provides first generation high school students with guidance and support throughout their college application process. She intends to pursue a Masters of Education so she can ultimately become a director of admissions at a university. Alejandra is an alumni of the 2013 Sacramento Leadership Conference and is excited to stay connected with Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project for years to come.
San Francisco State University
Alessandra attended the Sacramento Leadership Conference in 2013, and returned as a Peer Counselor in 2014. She is from Pico Rivera and is an alumna of Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights. It was through the sacrifices made by her parents and unconditional support from her siblings that lead Alessandra into going onto college. She is a first year at San Francisco State University where she is studying Business Marketing and Visual Communications. After her bachelor she hopes to pursue a Masters in Non-Profit Management. Aside from academics, she is involved in SF State’s Hall Government, which is an organization that helps empower and organize events for first year college students. Her hopes after college are to work for a non-profit organization similar to CLYLP that embraces culture, education and community. Alessandra is passionate about volunteering with youth, specifically CLYLP and hopes to stay connected with this program for years to come.
University of La Verne
Erick Luis is a CLYLP SLC alumnus from 2011, and returned as a peer counselor in 2013. He is from Pico Rivera and is a first generation college student attending the University of La Verne where he is majoring in Political Science. As a third year on campus he is a member of: Alliance, Latino Student Forum, Multicultural Club Council, and International Student Organization. In 2014 he interned for Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod’s campaign for San Bernardino County Supervisor where he learned the ins and outs of campaign management and public policy. He also serves as a fundraising intern and mentor for DESI, an organization focused on helping those with intellectual disabilities to live independent lives, so they can be their own person, make their own decisions and experience the joy of doing so. He is motivated by his siblings, teachers, and close friends who have been personally affected by class conflict to continue his education and organizing efforts to help improve the education system as well as raise awareness for unjust intervention in less-developed nations.