SEED Lab 2018/2019 Cohort


The 2018/2019 SEED Lab was developed in collaboration with the Center for Social Innovation at University of California, Riverside, and Independent SectorDue to our partnership with Independent Sector, the 2018/2019 SEED Lab cohort attended the Upswell Conference in Los Angeles (November, 2018) where they pitched their work as part of an event especially designed for SEED Lab. SEED Lab 2018/2020 was possible with the generous support from The Weingart Foundation, The James Irvine FoundationThe Community Foundation, Bourns Family Trust, corporate and private donors.


MARYLOU ADRIATICO & JOSEPH POSADA – The Seed Program, Moreno Valley, CA

The Seed Program‘s mission is to establish a comprehensive support network for youth in foster care based on mentorship, community, and awareness. The goal is to support foster youth in their educational journey through high school and beyond, ensure and encourage a successful transition into adulthood. 

Learn more about The Seed Program here



DR. JERMARA DAVIS-WELCH – The Supermodel Society, Moreno Valley, CA

With a focus on culturally marginalized youth—namely African American and Latinos — The Supermodel Society seeks to develop curriculum and programs that teach entrepreneurial literacy and economic principles that will lead to an increase in successful business ownership within these groups. 




FUTURE aims to revolutionize the marketplace in order to give value to well-trained employees, while alleviating the hiring needs of employers by transforming modern day learning and educating students through fun and high-tech animation. It is designed to provide individuals in search of a sustainable career better and affordable access to high quality training and reduce barriers to already working individuals.



CASSIE A. NGUYEN – Spotlight On Hope Film Camp, Riverside, CA

Spotlight on Hope Film Camp provides free of cost film instruction classes for pediatric and young adult cancer patients and their siblings. Its goal is to serve as an escape from the emotional and physical drain cancer treatment places on them and their families and provide a safe creative space that the whole family can enjoy. 



SILVIA PAZ – Alianza, Eastern Coachella Valley, CA

Alianza Coachella Valley aims to become a long-term sustainable organization that reflects and meets the needs of those living in Coachella Valley. The services Alianza offers address issues at their root through personal coaching, leadership development, and cultural healing. The most innovative aspect of this coalition is that Alianza is uniting a rather isolated sector to combine resources for collective change. Given Alianza’s focus on a community’s ability to self-determine, its expertise lies in being the best at staying rooted and providing the platform for community to have a voice. 

Learn more about Alianza Coachella Valley here



GABBY ARMENTA SANTOYO & CLAUDIA J. ARMENTA SANTOYO – Aztec Dance and Talking Circle Citlaltonac, Coachella Valley, CA

Aztec Dance and Talking Circle Citlaltonac provides a safe healing space where the participants are able to find their sense of belonging, balance their daily lives, and connect with others through dancing and talking circles rooted in Aztec ceremonial traditions. 

Learn more about Aztec Dance and Talking Circle Citlaltonac here.