Sunday, February 5, 2012

Education/ Non-Profit Work Experience


Founder & Performer, Universal Self. Greater NYC, USA, 11/2009 - Present

*Successfully organized an independent national and international performance tour for over 40 different venues, reaching over 16,000 diverse audience members.
*Developed & implemented original educational curriculum designed for GED students within the NYC Department of Education. The Universal Self script is the core literacy model that incorporates arts education and leadership training.
*Fundraised over $2,700 through a successful kickstarter campaign which organized over 55 pledges to fund multimedia artistic collaborations & travel expenses towards the international premier of Universal Self in India.
*Delivered several keynote speeches based on the experiences within the Universal Self process for educational graduation commencements & national conferences.
*Managed diverse online marketing platforms such as facebook, twitter, blogspot, wordpress, youtube, instagram and mailchimp to enhance the visibility of Universal Self & networking opportunities that have the potential in reaching thousands of social media patrons on a weekly basis.
*Mentored youth/ young adults through the Emerging Artist Residency of Art Start, a non profit organization designed to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of at-risk youth through creative arts workshops conducted daily inside homeless shelters and alternative to incarceration programs throughout New York City.

Pre-GED Instructor, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, 11/08 – 12/10
*Co-instructed literacy and life skills within a classroom of 15-20 students reading/ writing below the 6th grade level.
*Advised & meet with students to identify strengths and obstacles to success, create individualized academic plans and provide encouragement through resource referrals.
*Facilitated opportunities for 16-24 year old students through participation in program planning and decision-making.
*Collaborated with Young Adult Literacy Librarian, Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor to identify service priorities and design curriculum tailored to the diverse abilities and interests of students.
*Administered TABE: Test for Adult Basic Education to adult patrons of the Brooklyn Public Library

High School Site Coordinator, United Playaz, SF, CA, 04/08 – 09/08
*Facilitated violence prevention meetings, community forums and recreational activities
*Organized exposure field trips to college universities, adult prisons and community events focused on addressing violence within local neighborhoods
*Counseled young people dealing with multiple forms of abuse, violence and other personal struggles
*Mediated conflicts between student to student; student to teacher; and student to parent.

Program Director, Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA 07/06 – 04/08
*Managed the daily operations of multiple after school classes for youth between the ages of 3-18
*Supervised 15 adult and young adult art educators by providing them with the proper administrative support, class supplies and conflict mediations within classes
*Facilitated monthly staff trainings for over 50 staff members with the focus of violence prevention teaching methods
*Organized annual community events which have brought together thousands of students, parents and community members: Winter/Spring Celebrations; Community Day Festivals; Silence the Violence Forums

Theater Instructor, Destiny Arts Center and Project SisterKin, SF & Oakland, CA 08/05 – 06/06
*Facilitate after-school theater classes for 15 youth in North/West Oakland through Destiny Arts Center and 15 young women at Project Sisterkin, a foster care facility of Walden House.
*Train youth with theater and creative writing skills that foster personal development; public speaking; team work and personal creativity.
*Produce two professional theater productions per semester that showcase student works through monologues and scene work. (African American Art and Culture Complex, SF 12/2005 & SomaArts Center, SF 04/2006)

Creative Writing Facilitator, Streetside Stories, SF, CA 08/05 – 04/06
*Facilitate 6th grade storytelling workshops through creative writing and theater activities for over 600 students in San Francisco Unified School District
*Produce a professional book anthology of students written works created within the in class workshops conducted
*Collaborate with credentialed middle school teachers in classroom management and literacy skills development

Educational Advisor, Asian American Communities For Education, SF, CA 03/04 – 03/05
*Provided college counseling/ academic success strategies for a caseload of 350 high school students through individual and group planning sessions.
*Facilitated workshops on college outreach/ planning; financial aid; and youth empowerment for 9th-12th grades, with special attention to low income and first generation college bound students.
*Organized college exposure field trips throughout California.
*Maintained concise administrative files to document all of services provided according to federal policy guidelines

Program Coordinator/ Instructor, Ethnic Studies Educational Partnership, SF, CA 09/02-06/03
*Developed and implemented a new leadership program for urban high school students in partnership with SF State
*Focused on ethnic studies from the perspective of historical and contemporary social movements for justice
*Supervised 9 community workers in providing academic support to 30 ‘at-risk’ youth.
*Incorporated various learning styles through lectures, discussions, group activities/projects, arts/ multi-media.
*Organized a public forum presenting student finals on youth identity projects to empower confidence in public speaking.

Educational Advisor, Early Academic Outreach Program, Santa Cruz, CA 06/00 – 12/02
*Advised high school students on college preparation; application process; financial aid & career pursuits
*Facilitated in-class workshops to motivate higher education pathways for rural/immigrant communities
*Residential Counselor within a Summer Science & Math academic camp for high school scholars throughout CA
*Administered detailed records of services provided; benchmarks & program applications with confidential info

Youth Field Representative, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, Los Angeles, CA 06/98 – 09/98
*Paid Intern within Southern California State Assembly members: Gil Cedillo & Debra Bowen
*Advocated for Filipino WWII veteran benefits & low-income constituents at local and State political forums
*Conducted administrative in-take and needs-assessment survey of local constituents; facilitated resource referral services; and wrote legislative letters.
*Wrote articles that were published in a community newsletter addressing Filipino American concerns for the State government.
*Participated in professional workshops, trainings & conferences on political advocacy within the State/ local public policy domains.


B.A., American Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2008
Transfer, Theater Arts, Laney Community College, Oakland, 2007
Justice Matters Summer Fellowship Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2002
Tagalog On Site, Study Abroad Program, Philippines, 1999
Summer Program for Empowerment & Leadership, Los Angeles, 1998


*Congressional Community Service Award sponsored by CA Senator Tom Lantos, August 2006
*Grand Prize Letter Writing Contest Winner sponsored by California Council for the Humanities and New California Media, April 2005.
*Published Essay in Arts & Culture section of Philippine News, an internationally syndicated newspaper, 2005
*Published Poet/ Weekly multicultural writer within Listen and Be Heard, Vallejo, CA newspaper, 03/2005 -06/2005
*Community Service Award sponsored by Merrill College at UC Santa Cruz graduation commencement ceremony, June 2002
*Youth Field Representative Award with CA Assembly Persons: Gill Cedillo & Debra Bowen, Los Angeles, CA 1998

*Experience in Word, Internet Applications, Power Point, MAC and PC Computers.

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