Manijeh is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. Her program of research focuses on positive youth development and issues of social justice, with specific interest in the role of community programs in empowering youth. She has worked as an applied research consultant for a variety of youth development programs, including afterschool activities offered by LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Branch, a mindfulness-based stress reduction program (Youth Empowerment Seminar), and girls’ empowerment program (Girls Learn International). Manijeh has also worked directly with youth at a summer leadership institute for 6 years (Iranian Alliances Across Borders) and considers her experience as a practitioner integral to her perspective as an evaluator.
Adalberto served as an AmeriCorps member in 2013 with City Year Los Angeles. As a Team Leader with City Year, Adalberto led a team of corps members that supported students at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights, keeping them in school and on track to graduate. In 2014 he also joined the founding group of Big Citizen HUB Team Leaders, setting the tone for what the role of team leader would look like for the organization. The following year Adalberto became a Program Consultant for Big Citizen HUB, helping develop curriculum and overseeing the implementation of the Middle School Program. In addition to Adalberto’s new role with BCH, he currently serves with Ethnic Studies Now-Compton, a campaign focused on making Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement for schools in his hometown. Adalberto attended Occidental College and is working on a career in education at Pasadena City College.
Beth spent six years with City Year leading the Chicago site’s Saturday civic leadership programs and working on a national team of City Year leaders to develop the former Young Heroes program and scale to all City Year markets. In 2011, Beth received a MBA from Boston University, where she worked with a number of CBOs on high-needs projects. She then moved to LA to consult with the Los Angeles Unified School District on a needs-based, per-pupil, and transparent funding model. Beth has served on the City Year Los Angeles Associates Board and volunteers with the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program.
Mario spent over a decade in the national service movement with City Year. There, Mario developed and designed civic leadership programs for youth in three different markets and later supported high-needs schools improve the urban high school graduation pipeline. Mario has been engaged in developing effective community programing while serving on multiple boards refining college access programs for girls is South Central LA and recreation programs in Pico-Union. Mario also serves on a steering committee working to guide federal funding creating a coordinated cradle to college community effort. Most recently he joined the Service Year Alliance Alumni Council to help promote a national service and gap year agenda.