Meet the NV4Y Staff
Meet the NV4Y Staff
Jose Saavedra Lara (“ Lalo”) is a recent graduate from Cogswell College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Management. Growing up in a low-income home, his number one goal is to break the ongoing poverty cycle in his predominantly Latino community. Lalo developed skills in film production within Adobe's non-profit media program, Adobe Youth Voices.
At 23, Lalo plans to produce high-quality media for the best in the entertainment industry. He will continue to support his community, especially youth development through media and mentorship.
"My ultimate goal is to properly equip the youth in local communities with enhanced skills so they hold a competitive advantage within their desired career field; thus, showing them how to break the 'glass ceiling' that constrains young, talented media makers."
Ana got hooked on filmmaking and media arts while in college. She has a Masters in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State and a BA in Ethnic Studies from Cal State East Bay. Ana has over 10 years of experience coordinating youth leadership programs and facilitating filmmaking and digital media projects. She has worked with various youth development organizations, including Girls Incorporated of Alameda County and Year Up. Currently, Ana works at ESO Adelante at Canada College while she completes her doctoral degree at the University of San Francisco School of Education.
Erindira Para and Nimsi Garcia, both graduates of the M-A New Voices program have returned to New Voices as summer instructors in 2016 and 2017. Nimsi graduated from UC Berkeley in June, 2017 and Endira will be graduating from Cal State University at Fullerton in fall 2017.
The NV4Y steering committee has worked together for twelve years, since the very first idea of New Voices! The Steering Committee members are interested in bringing the voices of youth in underserved communities to a broader audience, including, but not limited to, the League of Women Voters. The Palo Alto and South San Mateo County Leagues jointly won the State League's Yellow Rose Award at Convention 2015 in honor of NV4Y's tenth anniversary!