by Natasha von Kaenel
This summer, we are proud to announce that eight students who grew up participating in our Youth Programs have joined our regular faculty: Adrian Rodriguez, Ale’ah Bashir-Baaqee, Crystal Carillo, Jazzy Schwinges-Williams, Katia Navidad Rallon, Maliq Nathaniel, and Trevi Pendro.
“It is really something special to see these kids go through the Youth Programs and go onto young adulthood excited to stay a part of this community,” says Ismael Plasencia, our Youth Program Associate for the last decade. “The fact that we can provide opportunities for them to step into leadership and teaching roles really brings the whole program full circle.”
Many of these new instructors were able to take classes at The Crucible because of the scholarship opportunities made possible by our generous donors. Each year, our Youth Programs distribute more than $120,000 in scholarships and free programming to Bay Area youth and public schools, and reserve up to 20% of class slots for need-based scholarship students, like many of the students named above. Here are their stories.