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GENTE YOUTH CENTER

242 East 1st Street Pomona, CA 91767

ABOUT US

Our Mission

Gente Organizada (Gente) is a community-led social action non-profit organization based in Pomona whose mission is to bring together generations to access, build, and wield their collective power to achieve educational, economic, and social justice in our communities.

 

What We Do

Using an asset-based approach to community organizing, Gente Organizada works to partner with communities comprised of historically underrepresented, immigrant populations understand their rights and the power of community action. Instead of focusing narrowly on the deficiencies and plight of immigrant communities, Gente builds upon the deep-rooted, unique cultural strengths that help have helped immigrant communities survive for generations and increase capacities for these communities to not just survive, but to truly thrive. We have three main components of our work: Empowering the youth of Pomona through the Pomona Students Union;  Organizing parents through Padres Unidos de Pomona, and; Building coalitions through collaboration with our partners and social action groups to promote a community-led movement for change.

Who We Serve

Gente is deeply connected to the families of Pomona, a majority of whom are immigrants. Rising fear within the community as a result of the national climate around immigration, has left much of our community seeking opportunities to pull together. We know from our experience this past year that our work is critical to helping families to feel a sense of greater safety and empowerment. Gente is unique in our geographic focus area of the City of Pomona. As the largest city in the East Los Angeles County region, Pomona, which is known to be one of the most economically disadvantaged sub regions of the County comprised of a largely Spanish-speaking immigrant population.

Board Of Directors 

  • President, Maria Garcia

  • Treasurer, Ana Tostado 

  • Secretary, Ivan Hernandez 

  • Member, Samantha Salvador

  • Member, Melanie Andreo 

  • Member, Brenda Gomez

  • Member, Evelia Rocha

  • Member, Esperanza Moreno 

  • Member, Jesus Sanchez 

Advisory Board  

  • Jenny Kattlove

  • Joanne Nucho 

  • Cade Maldonado

  • Elizabeth Cho 

  • Anel Hernandez

  • Graciela Conchas 

  • Lilia Diaz 

  • Taylor Brunson

  • Paola Ruiz-Beas

  • Israel Nery 

  • Angel Garcia (Gente Co-Founder)

Staff Members

  • Youth Organizer, Sydney Lopez​

  • Youth Organizer, Enrique Villa

  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, Jesus Sanchez 

Funders  

  • Liberty Hill Foundation 

  • Weingart Foundation 

  • Resist Foundation 

  • Unical Roots 

  • Tri-City Mental Health 

  • So Cal Youth Organizing Funder Collaborative 

  • Peace and Development Fund 

  • Pomona Residents