YOBZ – Youth, Jobs, Generation Z

Fellow: Swati Singh Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: Riverside, CA Swati is a continuation high school mathematics teacher in Riverside, CA. Prior she worked in the hospitality food and beverage, and food manufacturing industries for 10 years. Swati has an MBA from the University of San Diego, and a BA in Economics from the University of California at […]

Raices Cultura

Fellow: Marnie L. Navarro Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: Coachella, CA Marnie, a multidisciplinary visual artist, educator, and curator who founded LIFEWORK Gallery in Palm Springs, joined Raices Cultura as Executive Director in February 2019. A lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley, Marnie uses her experience in psychology, event production, project management, and the visual […]

Music Changing Lives

Fellow: Josiah Bruny Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: San Bernadino, CA Josiah was raised in Altadena, California and now resides in the Inland Empire focusing on scaling his organization. Prior to establishing MCL, Josiah created and led the independent record label, Higher Ground Records, LLC to become one of the leading underground labels in Southern California. In […]

Healing Out Lao’d

Fellow: Rita Phetmixay Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: Los Angeles, CA Rita is a Lao Isaan American femme/womxn politicized healing practitioner, survivor, community-lover, independent audio producer, and filmmaker. Currently based in Los Angeles, Rita strives to create accessible healing spaces for folx with marginalized identities, with a particular focus on the Lao diaspora and the […]

FingerFly Friends

Fellow: Terrylene Sacchetti Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: Riverside, CA Terrylene is teaching ASL to HS students as second language acquisition. She is an actress, storyteller, ASL poet who has worked for 30 years in entertainment industry and multi-media education. She founded Deaf Arts Council which was dedicated to multimedia arts programming teaching Deaf and […]

Conchilla – Jardin de la Union

Fellows: Lesly Figueroa and Diana Reza Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: City of Coachella, CA Lesly, a longtime resident of the City of Coachella, works as an environmental policy advocate in the Eastern Coachella Valley focusing on issues like of affordable housing, water and wastewater infrastructure, air quality, active transportation, and land-use planning. She pursued a degree in […]

Amigos Arts & Pottery

Fellows: Susan Gomez, Mayra Castellanos  and Ben Dunmire  Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: San Bernadino, CA Suzie Gomez has been an artist/potter for over 30 years and has a long history of working with nonprofits. She is currently running a collaborative group of 67 nonprofits in the Inland Empire.  Mayra Castellano, a potter herself, was born in […]

Advancing Steps

Fellow: Walker Beverly Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: Palm Springs, CA Walker has a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Langston University in Oklahoma and a Masters Degree in Communications from CSUSB. As a formerly incarcerated, his goal is to develop a transitional living facility with wrap around services with a focus on providing a path […]

Magdalena’s Daughters

Fellow: Ashley Hill Seed Lab Cohort: 2019/2020 Location: San Bernadino, CA Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience working with intense foster dependent youth and youth who have been sexually exploited or are suspected to be commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Mission: to provide intensive therapeutic residential services, life skills, and […]