Phillip Rodríguez - CEO and Founder   Before God came into his heart, Phillip had no hope. For most of his life he just existed. He was consumed by gangs, drugs, prison and violence. In 2009 someone reached out to him and gave him hope in the form of God. Now he has been reaching out to young men, women, and their families who are lost and living in the life styles of gangs, drugs, violence, jails, and poverty, both physical and spiritual.  Phillip has been married for 15 years to Annette and has five children. He enjoys his job that allows him to help people and show them that there is hope for a better tomorrow.

Phillip Rodríguez - CEO and Founder

Before God came into his heart, Phillip had no hope. For most of his life he just existed. He was consumed by gangs, drugs, prison and violence. In 2009 someone reached out to him and gave him hope in the form of God. Now he has been reaching out to young men, women, and their families who are lost and living in the life styles of gangs, drugs, violence, jails, and poverty, both physical and spiritual.

Phillip has been married for 15 years to Annette and has five children. He enjoys his job that allows him to help people and show them that there is hope for a better tomorrow.

Daniel Martiñez - Street Outreach Case Management   Daniel is from East San Jose and grew up just like the youth. He hung out with gangs, used and sold drugs, and was incarcerated many times.  Today he is a Man Of God with 12 years of sobriety and uses his personal testimony and struggles to reach and guide our youth to a better way of life He has counseled men at The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center and is also certified in Joven Noble.

Daniel Martiñez - Street Outreach Case Management

Daniel is from East San Jose and grew up just like the youth. He hung out with gangs, used and sold drugs, and was incarcerated many times.

Today he is a Man Of God with 12 years of sobriety and uses his personal testimony and struggles to reach and guide our youth to a better way of life He has counseled men at The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center and is also certified in Joven Noble.

Annette Rodríguez -Program Manager

Annette Rodríguez -Program Manager

Janelle Cardova - Administrative Assistant

Janelle Cardova - Administrative Assistant

Esperanza Cortez - Street Outreach Case Manager   Esperanza believes its a blessing to make a difference by helping others in a positive way. She enjoys providing emotional support to our young people, helping them reach their goals, communicating with them and supporting them overcome obstacles.  Esperanza had a troubled past with a history of violence, gangs and probation. As a result, she learned from her mistakes and chose to make better choices. She has turned her life around in a positive way and hopes to do the same for others.I am seeking to make a positive impact on the lives of of those in need and give them hope for a bright and positive future and break the cycle of violence and abuse that is so common.

Esperanza Cortez - Street Outreach Case Manager

Esperanza believes its a blessing to make a difference by helping others in a positive way. She enjoys providing emotional support to our young people, helping them reach their goals, communicating with them and supporting them overcome obstacles.

Esperanza had a troubled past with a history of violence, gangs and probation. As a result, she learned from her mistakes and chose to make better choices. She has turned her life around in a positive way and hopes to do the same for others.I am seeking to make a positive impact on the lives of of those in need and give them hope for a bright and positive future and break the cycle of violence and abuse that is so common.

Mario Aguilar - School Base Lead / MAAC Case Manager   Mario grew up in a blended family home with seven siblings. He spent some time in the system and on welfare but was always taught the value of family. At a young age he did not value education until his late teens. In his early 20’s he started attending church and there he began to understand the value in helping others. In 2005, Mario received his Bachelor’s in Ministry.  Mario enjoys working with the youth because he can relate to them in different ways. He enjoys giving back to his community by guiding our young people just like he was.

Mario Aguilar - School Base Lead / MAAC Case Manager

Mario grew up in a blended family home with seven siblings. He spent some time in the system and on welfare but was always taught the value of family. At a young age he did not value education until his late teens. In his early 20’s he started attending church and there he began to understand the value in helping others. In 2005, Mario received his Bachelor’s in Ministry.

Mario enjoys working with the youth because he can relate to them in different ways. He enjoys giving back to his community by guiding our young people just like he was.

Karen Balderas - Street Outreach Case Manager   Growing up in the East Side of San Jose Karen was impacted by gangs. She went to James Lick HS and had no guidance, lack in credits and believed she was failing herself and her family. Despite losing all hope, she wanted to prove every person wrong who doubted her because of who she was and where she was from. Since then she has graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor’s in Justice Studies.  She has always been passionate about helping others especially those who have lost hope in themselves. She would like to be that last piece of hope that they have to direct them to better decisions. The impact that is made will always be the biggest reward.

Karen Balderas - Street Outreach Case Manager

Growing up in the East Side of San Jose Karen was impacted by gangs. She went to James Lick HS and had no guidance, lack in credits and believed she was failing herself and her family. Despite losing all hope, she wanted to prove every person wrong who doubted her because of who she was and where she was from. Since then she has graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor’s in Justice Studies.

She has always been passionate about helping others especially those who have lost hope in themselves. She would like to be that last piece of hope that they have to direct them to better decisions. The impact that is made will always be the biggest reward.

Dina Aguilar - School Base / High School   Dina grew up in San Jose. As a young person she found herself needing guidance and direction. She felt that she needed to belong to a gang lifestyle. However, late she was able to connect with mentors that were able to help her go down the right path. She started to be exposed to a more positive lifestyle in which she thrived and later able to finish high school and cosmetology school.  Now she has a passion to help other young people that she sees that might be headed down the wrong path like she did. She enjoys mentoring and encouraging our young people in finding their passion and believing in their success.

Dina Aguilar - School Base / High School

Dina grew up in San Jose. As a young person she found herself needing guidance and direction. She felt that she needed to belong to a gang lifestyle. However, late she was able to connect with mentors that were able to help her go down the right path. She started to be exposed to a more positive lifestyle in which she thrived and later able to finish high school and cosmetology school.

Now she has a passion to help other young people that she sees that might be headed down the wrong path like she did. She enjoys mentoring and encouraging our young people in finding their passion and believing in their success.

Irene Moran - Hospital Based Intervention Program Specialist   Irene grew up in the East Side of San Jose. She got involved in gangs, violence and drugs at the age of 15. She was hurting inside and the only way she knew how to release the pain was through drug abuse of drugs and violence. Her parents did not show her what love was. At the age of 18, a ministry introduced her to Jesus, which gave her hope and a reason to live.  She now feels peace that she has never felt before. She is who she is today because of her belief in God. She is truly enjoys what she does because she can relate to the youth and has a passion for the younger generation .

Irene Moran - Hospital Based Intervention Program Specialist

Irene grew up in the East Side of San Jose. She got involved in gangs, violence and drugs at the age of 15. She was hurting inside and the only way she knew how to release the pain was through drug abuse of drugs and violence. Her parents did not show her what love was. At the age of 18, a ministry introduced her to Jesus, which gave her hope and a reason to live.

She now feels peace that she has never felt before. She is who she is today because of her belief in God. She is truly enjoys what she does because she can relate to the youth and has a passion for the younger generation.

Alexis Mendoza - MAAC Case Manager   Alexis was born in Chicago but grew up in Miami. She moved all over the country which forced her to adapt to different communities constantly. This resulted in her lashing out in her community and began going down the wrong path. When she had her son at age 18, she began to get her life together. She went back to high school after dropping out at 16 and graduated with a scholarship.  Now Alexis is pursuing her education in obtaining her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology. She is passionate about being a listening ear to our young people and providing support during their darkest hour.

Alexis Mendoza - MAAC Case Manager

Alexis was born in Chicago but grew up in Miami. She moved all over the country which forced her to adapt to different communities constantly. This resulted in her lashing out in her community and began going down the wrong path. When she had her son at age 18, she began to get her life together. She went back to high school after dropping out at 16 and graduated with a scholarship.

Now Alexis is pursuing her education in obtaining her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology. She is passionate about being a listening ear to our young people and providing support during their darkest hour.

Henry Corona - Street Outreach Case Manager   Henry grew up in the South Bay in a single-parent home with three other siblings whose mom was always working. There was no male role model around which led him to make choices that changed my life. He found himself in the adult system, on drugs, half-way house and homeless. Now he is clean and sober as well as a God-fearing man. He has his kids back in his life and able to be a productive citizen in life today.  Henry is passionate about giving back to the community that he felt he once terrorized. He is able to use his life experiences to reach out to youth and to be an effective mentor.

Henry Corona - Street Outreach Case Manager

Henry grew up in the South Bay in a single-parent home with three other siblings whose mom was always working. There was no male role model around which led him to make choices that changed my life. He found himself in the adult system, on drugs, half-way house and homeless. Now he is clean and sober as well as a God-fearing man. He has his kids back in his life and able to be a productive citizen in life today.

Henry is passionate about giving back to the community that he felt he once terrorized. He is able to use his life experiences to reach out to youth and to be an effective mentor.

Samantha Flores - DFCS Case Manager   Samantha is from East Los Angeles and lived in San Jose for a little over six years. She recently graduated from San Jose State University majoring in Criminal Justice Studies and has experience working with our young people and volunteering time through different organizations. She is passionate about work that involves our youth whether it is personal, familial, or legal advise. She hopes to continue her passion in helping and advocating for the youth in our community.

Samantha Flores - DFCS Case Manager

Samantha is from East Los Angeles and lived in San Jose for a little over six years. She recently graduated from San Jose State University majoring in Criminal Justice Studies and has experience working with our young people and volunteering time through different organizations. She is passionate about work that involves our youth whether it is personal, familial, or legal advise. She hopes to continue her passion in helping and advocating for the youth in our community.

Tuloto “Tee” Lepisi - School Base / High School   Teei is a Bay Area native. She was born and raised in San Jose. Tee has always been passionate about people, especially the younger generation. Apart of her passion is fueled from some rough patches she has endured as a teenager that she does not wish upon another teen, let alone, another person. Tee is an aspiring motivational speaker and looks forward to sharing more of her story and journey of inspiration with others. Student-empowerment is what she lives for.

Tuloto “Tee” Lepisi - School Base / High School

Teei is a Bay Area native. She was born and raised in San Jose. Tee has always been passionate about people, especially the younger generation. Apart of her passion is fueled from some rough patches she has endured as a teenager that she does not wish upon another teen, let alone, another person. Tee is an aspiring motivational speaker and looks forward to sharing more of her story and journey of inspiration with others. Student-empowerment is what she lives for.

Joey Celaya - School Base / Middle School   Joey grew up in a broken home destroyed by gangs, domestic violence and addiction. His father struggled with an addiction to heroin and his mother was an alcoholic. He also had family member running the streets. Countless time Joey witnessed his mother being beat and drugs flowing in and out of his house. When his father was later incarcerated, he started partying during his high school years until his family was brought into a ministry. Now Joey is passionate about working with youth that grew up in similar circumstances as he did.

Joey Celaya - School Base / Middle School

Joey grew up in a broken home destroyed by gangs, domestic violence and addiction. His father struggled with an addiction to heroin and his mother was an alcoholic. He also had family member running the streets. Countless time Joey witnessed his mother being beat and drugs flowing in and out of his house. When his father was later incarcerated, he started partying during his high school years until his family was brought into a ministry. Now Joey is passionate about working with youth that grew up in similar circumstances as he did.