Three yli Youth Selected for Koshland Fellowship

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From left to right: Rudy Lopez, Dayana Rodas, Debanhi Mendez

On Thursday, February 27th, three yli youth leaders were recognized for their powerful leadership potential by the San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Program. The event, Lanzamiento Amplificando L√≠deres Comunit√°rios, celebrated the new cohort of Koshland fellows with ceremony, speeches, and prayer.

The purpose of the program is to strengthen grassroots community leaders in Marin County’s Canal neighborhood. Over the past year, the Foundation has worked alongside four local organizations, including Youth Leadership Institute, to identify the fellows and build a curriculum that forefronts a social justice framework tailored to the specific needs of the Canal community.

Over the next year, the multi-generational cohort of fellows will meet monthly for trainings, workshops, and field trips with the objective of crafting a project that they will implement in the following year.

The three yli youth leaders were selected because of their openness to new experiences, and the leadership qualities that demonstrate their ability to make a difference in the lives of young people. They include:

Debanhi Mendez, 8th Grade, Davidson Middle School 
Tengo 13 a√Īos, nac√≠ en Texas pero crec√≠¬†en Guatemala. Me gustar√≠a¬†jugar volleyball en High School. Tengo un hermanito de 5 a√Īos. Me encanta usar snapchat y tik tok. Me gustan los colores oscuros. Mi sue√Īo es ser una psic√≥loga. Me gustar√≠a¬†visitar a Espa√Īa y ir a la universidad¬†ah√≠.

Rudy Lopez, 8th Grade, DMS
Tengo 14 a√Īos, me gusta hacer muchos deportes y mantener una salud saludable. Soy de Guatemala y¬† estudio en Davidson Middle school. Vio en San Rafael. Soy rapero. Tengo una hermana mayor y dos hermanitos. Espero completar mi meta de ser Polic√≠a¬†y tener un buen futuro.

Dayana Rodas, 8th Grade, DMS
Tengo 14 a√Īos, soy de Guatemala. Voy a DMS y vivo en el Canal. Mi show favorito es Cake Boss. Un sue√Īo¬†m√≠o es ir a Israel. Tengo dos hermanitos peque√Īos.