HAYWARD -- Twelve people have been chosen as Koshland fellows to figure out the best way to spend a $300,000, five-year grant to improve South Hayward.
The Koshland Program grant is from the San Francisco Foundation, which announced the fellows Wednesday. All of the fellows either work or live in the two neighborhoods the grant targets -- the Jackson Triangle and the Harder/Tennyson area, said the Koshland Program coordinator.
"We selected them because they're bridge-builders and collaborators, and for the work they've already done in the community," said Evelia Perez.
The two adjacent low-income neighborhoods were chosen because of programs already in place, Perez said, including the Hayward Promise Neighborhood five-year $25 million federal grant to improve student performance in the Jackson Triangle and county Supervisor Richard Valle's Tennyson Corridor Initiative to bring health care, child care and other services to that area.
The fellows are Jason Enrique, of the Alameda County Office of Education; Harder Elementary School parent leader Sonnye Broherton; Emily Chow, a Hayward Promise Neighborhood coordinator for Cal State East Bay; Luis Covarrubias, a school district English learner specialist; Carla Dardon and Gabriel Hernandez of the Hayward Day Labor Center; and Patty Garcia, a liaison for a Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center and school district parent.
The other fellows are Teresa Johnson, a Hayward Promise Neighborhood advisory board member; Sandra Morales, liaison at the Eldridge Elementary School parent center; Jasmine Nakagawa, coordinator of a high school internship/leadership program at St. Rose Hospital; Sandra Navarro, who leads a multimedia program at Tennyson High School; and Denize Sanchez, of La Familia Counseling Service.
To choose the fellows, Koshland representatives asked South Hayward residents whom they seek out when they need services, Perez said. "It's those go-to people who are doing great work under the radar," she said.
In the first year of the grant, Koshland will train the fellows in leadership, working with them to build a team.
Then, the fellows will start talking about projects, said the Day Labor Center's Hernandez.
"We all have all these people doing different things in the community. If you put them all together, what can we build on that's already functioning or what new things can we create," he said. By the summer of 2016, the fellows will start their project, Perez said.
The Koshland Program has run its fellows program for more than 30 years. Some projects fellows started include a Concord after-school program to help students prepare for college, a San Rafael center to assist low-income and immigrant residents, a program documenting people's stories about moving to and living in Richmond, and college scholarships in San Francisco's Tenderloin district.
"Neighborhood leaders have the best solutions," Perez said.
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