As a youth growing up in the East Bay, Rod has seen a lot of things he believes youth today should not see. These things shaped Rod to become a youth leader and advocate for youth at the age of eleven. He comes with experience, working with Furthering Youths Inspiration, a non-profit based in Alameda County that creates after-school and community activities to promote positive, alternative avenues for youth to thrive and ultimately established the Reach Ashland Youth Center in 2012! Rod has also partnered with Alameda County’s Friday Night Live chapter.
As a professional and individual, Rod dances and teaches Hip-Hop Dance, giving youth an alternative route to open their creative sides and expand their minds to the wonderful things dance and music can bring them. Rod brings all of his experiences to continue to build the bridge between youth and adults in San Mateo County.