Karega Bailey, a native of Sacramento, California is a successful product of collective contributions from the Sacramento community. Mentoring services of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc (Sacramento) and the family services offered by the Center for Fathers & Families provided Mr. Bailey with the support and direction needed to succeed amidst the socioeconomic stressors.
Never forgetting the message of giving in his community, Mr. Bailey has chosen to make education his career. Mr. Bailey is a graduate of Hampton University, Teach for America Alum, and he also acquired his Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Special Education at George Mason University. He was an award winning teacher, including Teacher of the year at the Shadd Transition Academy where he taught the emotionally disturbed population of High School Special Education. As an educator, Mr. Bailey emphasizes the importance of quality parenting and mentoring as it relates to reinforcing a positive self image for students and academic achievement. Mr. Bailey specializes in increasing the resiliency and self efficacy of placed at risk students, and has managed to incorporate his methodology through poetry instruction and culture symposiums at Maya Angelou Public Charter School.
August 18th, 2015
Jerry Tello comes from a family of Mexican, Texan roots and was raised in South Central Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of fatherhood, family strengthening, community peace and mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. Over the last 30 thirty years Mr. Tello has dedicated his efforts to preventing and healing the pain of relationship/community violence, teen pregnancy, fatherless-ness and internalized oppression by speaking to over half a million people and training thousands of facilitators across the nation to address these issues. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network (established in 1988) and the present Director of the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute.
As a noted therapist, author, performer and program developer, over the last 30 years Mr Tello has incorporated his real life experience, together with research based knowledge and indigenous cultural based teachings to engage all in a reality-based healing and growth-inspiring experience. He is the author of children's books, professional publications, culturally based curriculums and inspirational CD's and DVD's. Mr Tello has received numerous awards including the Ambassador of Peace award and Presidential Crime Victims Service award.
August 19th, 2015
Michael Funk, Director of the After School Division (ASD) for the California Department of Education (CDE), was appointed in January 2012 by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and was charged with the development and implementation of a strategic plan building upon California’s critical investment in Expanded Learning to create systems and programs that maximize outcomes for children, youth, families, schools and communities. Prior to this role, Michael was the Founder and Executive Director of the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (www.snbc.org) in San Francisco, established in 1996 and regarded as a national model for offering community and afterschool programming rooted in Youth Development. Michael grew up in Idaho where he earned his teaching credential. Following that, Michael became an ordained minister, whereas he worked to create social justice ministries to serve the urban and immigrant communities in North America.
August 20th, 2015