Ava Jonesis a junior at Mission High School. She is a calm, collected, empathetic, and creative person. Ava likes to travel, and hopes in the future that she can go to Africa and help communities there, as well as go see the northern lights. She loves meeting new people. Ava is an only child adopted by two mothers, and she is also Guatemalan. Some of her hobbies include painting, singing, dancing, and playing the piano.
Brandon is a junior at Archbishop Riordan High School. He enjoys debating, playing basketball, competition, and one-on-one conversations. He’s involved in the Black Student Union and volunteers for the Urban Peace Movement. Through Coro, he hopes to learn how to be an effective leader.
Camila is a sophomore at James Logan High School. She enjoys playing water polo, swimming, and reading. She is involved in the Puente program, and in Pre-College Academy. She also volunteers with Union City Family Center. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to help her community connect with services.
Emily Jamison Penrose is a sophomore at San Leandro High School. She enjoys cheer, softball, and is involved with her school’s Black Student Union. She also volunteers with elderly people. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to be more involved in her community and speak up more.
Graziella “Grace” Gulli will be a junior this fall at Oakland Technical High School. She enjoys being in her school’s jazz band, and is the Communications Manager of the Oakland East Side All-Star Ensemble. She is also involved in Oakland’s Youth and Government Delegation, where she serves as Vice President. She works at her local bookstore in her spare time. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to develop her leadership skills and learn new ways she can give back to her Oakland community.
Hassan Johnson is a junior at Antioch High School. He enjoys helping others in any way possible. He is involved in Black Powerful Education (BPE) at his school. Through Coro, he hopes to learn how to be an empowering leader in his community.
Jasleen Kaur is a junior at San Leandro High. She enjoys bicycling with her friends and cooking during her free time. She is involved in her school’s Junior Optimist Octagon International Club, commonly known as Octagon Club, and the College Bound Club. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to be more confident in her ability to speak up and help the people around her.
Joanna Lam is an incoming junior at Lowell High School. She’s part of the Student Government, Eco Club, and the Flag Football team. She likes to learn new languages and read. On Saturdays, she attends the SF Fire Youth Academy as the Company EXO. Through Coro, she hopes to develop her people skills, and gain more skills to handle difficult topics.
Khari is a junior at Maybeck High School. He enjoys skateboarding and drawing, and is involved in his school’s baking club. Through Coro, he hopes to learn how to collaborate with peers in a professional environment.
Marcos Hernandez is a senior at San Leandro High School. He enjoys playing sports, traveling, and learning. He is involved in his school’s sports, early academic outreach, and College Bound programs. He also volunteers at hospitals and participates in medical programs. Through Coro, he hopes to learn how to overcome obstacles and make a difference for inner city youth.
Namugga Nakayiza is a junior at Oakland Technical High School. She enjoys singing and dancing. She is involved in her school’s track team and BSU (Black Student Union). She also volunteers with the Root & Rebound Program. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to be more authoritative.
Ruby Chan-Frey is a junior at Oakland Technical High School. She plays ice hockey for her school, and is involved in multiple theatre groups around the Bay Area. She has worked with a variety of social justice and advocacy programs around the Bay, including R.E.A.L. H.A.R.D., Children’s Defense Fund, and Voces Fuertes. Through Coro, she hopes to continue her leadership education by improving her collaboration and management skills.
As a junior at Half Moon Bay High School, Sage Russell enjoys academics and physical work. In school he enjoys classes such as metal working and physics. Outside of the classroom he enjoys the sport of boxing, as well as spending time with his cats. Through Coro he hopes to learn how to be an effective, fair, and confident leader.
Simone Parker is an incoming junior at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. She enjoys playing basketball and doing visual art. She is involved in her school’s student government and is the president of the Mixed Kids Club. She also volunteers with local campaigns. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to grow her leadership skills and hopes to build lasting relationships.
Sulamith “Suli” Caceres is an incoming senior at Willow Glen High School. She enjoys painting and drawing, and is involved in her school’s Interact Club and Latino/ DREAMers Club. Sulamith volunteers with cleaning San Jose Parks in her free time. Through Coro, she hopes to learn how to develop leadership skills to reach her goals.