Marcos Javier Acosta Villegas
I am currently a junior attending MetWest High. I am originally from LA but migrated to East Oakland, California. A fun fact about me is that I am extremely social with people I've never met. I joined BAY-Peace in 2018 because I wanted to work directly with my community by building up my leadership skills. BAY-Peace has allowed me to become more confident with myself and others. In addition, they provide a comfortable space where judgement does not exist and I can be myself. Finally, all the staff in BAY-Peace are so chill and easy to connect with.
I currently attend MetWest High and I am from Oakland, California. A fun fact about me is that I am super flexible and I can twist my hand meaning I'm double jointed. I got highly recommended to join BAY-Peace because I want to build my leadership skills and work more closely with my community. One of my struggles is a speech impediment and BAY-Peace has helped me to slowly overcome this obstacle. Usually, I will only hold a conversation online, but BAY-Peace has forced to me to speak to the world and have confidence in my voice. I like the environment and mentors from BAY-Peace because they are very nice and they care about us. Another reason why I like BAY-Peace is because they understand what we are going through and give us time to handle our things too. I really started to love this internship after the first day passed.
I am currently a junior attending Metwest High. I was born and raised in Oakland California. The area where I learned everything from my communities trauma all the way to taking my first step in the neighborhood is called Murder Dub$$. Although the name might seem scary to others this is home not just to me, but murals, community centers for youth and good taco spots. Did I mention that I am 16 years young?! A fun fact about me is that I consider myself a comedian I like to joke and laugh around to make others smile. I joined Bay-Peace so I can teach my siblings about militarism and how it impacts us everyday. What I like about Bay-Peace is that the mentors care about us and are cool people you should know too.
Ana Paula Mendez
I am a junior at Street Academy I was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. I’m 16 years old, first generation Mexican-American looking to major in business administration. I’ve been at Bay-Peace for a year now and have grown into a role of facilitator. I started off trying to adjust to the environment and at first I felt unfit for the roles they were preparing me for, but I definitely grew out of my shell growing comfortable with my mentors and peers. BAY-Peace is a fun and safe space where I’m still growing as a leader, allowing me to be open and honest about my thoughts on social justice and being able to advocate for the community and spread the word about our work.
I’m from Ice City (north Oakland) I’m 16 and Im currently a junior at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy. A fun fact about me is that I am really good at special effects makeup, and I want to be a psychologist but I don’t like talking to people. I joined BAY-Peace because its a chill environment and they're understanding . One thing I enjoy about BAY-Peace is that we teach a middle school class every other week.
I’m from Ice City( North Oakland California) I am currently a senior at Street Academy. A fun fact about me is that I love to travel and explore. Also, I want to become an interior designer. I'm really creative, I am very optimistic when it comes to my future. I'm always thinking, 24/7 observing, analyzing, and always thinking of solutions. One more random thing….. I can't wait to pull up in my old skool chevy with the big rims. I joined BAY-Peace because I didn't have any other option, at first it was dry but the environment is comfortable and chill. They provide food, a the staff is always helpful and willing to answer any questions or concerns.
I am 17 years old. I’ve been with BAY-Peace for about 3 years now. I joined BAY-Peace because I like learning new things such as militarism, social and restorative justice and police brutality which will help me in my dream career. My dream career is in the field of criminology and sociology.