Client Spotlight

Adriana Santoyo - March 2015

Adriana Santoyo first started to coming to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) 8 years ago when she was in first grade. Her parents found out about the Youth Education program from a family friend, whose daughter was getting tutoring help in the program. Her mom brought her here to see if she would like coming to the program after school, and she really liked it. Adriana loved that all the volunteers made her feel welcome, she got to work on Arianadifferent projects and received help with her math homework. “The tutoring here has helped me a lot in math. I was feeling really behind and wasn’t doing well on tests and all the tutors here are really helpful,” Adriana shares.

SFBFS’ Youth Education program serves children ages 1-18. Three different components provide youth with educational assistance, enrichment activities and cutting edge technology at no cost. One component of Youth Education program is the Computer Clubhouse, serving teens in 7–12 grades. The Intel Computer Clubhouse is an international community of 100 Computer Clubhouses located in 20 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 20 years. The Computer Clubhouse mission is to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

Computer Clubhouse at SFBFS provides Adriana with a safe place to go after school, while giving her a place to study, learn technology, practice sewing skills and more. “I want to be in the Computer Clubhouse because I want to create new things,” she says. “I have learned a lot of things like sewing, 3D printing, Adobe Photoshop and photography.” Her favorite projects are sewing and silk printing on fabric. She recently sewed a pillow and silk screened a camera on it to show her love of photography. 

Adriana also shares that the Teen Summit has helped her become a better leader with her peers and to younger children. The Teen Summit is a Computer Clubhouse initiative to help build leaders in the clubhouse network. The top two leaders of each clubhouse are selected by the Clubhouse Coordinator to go to Boston to attend a Teen Summit Conference. Through the Teen Summit, Adriana has learned to have a strong voice with her peers and with the younger children. Even though she describes herself as shy and quiet, she has learned to be a leader.

Another aspect of the Computer Clubhouse that is highly attractive to parents is the college preparedness initiative. “Ms. Kelly Ann wants us to be ready for college. We take field trips to different universities throughout the year. This year, I hope we go on a tour of UC Davis or UC Santa Cruz.” After high school, Adriana plans to attend a university in California and would love to attend Sacramento State or UC Davis.  

“Adriana is very patient and eager to learn, she gets along with everybody,” says Kelly Ann Adams, Computer Clubhouse Coordinator. “She comes in everyday, always gets involved in projects to learn something new. She does well in school and it comes through in her work in the Clubhouse.”

 Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

March 2015 - Adriana Santoyo (Youth Education)
February 2015 - Inna Kushnirchuk (Parent Ed)
January 2015 - Daniel Hunley (SMUD) 
January 2015 - Ebenezer Christian Church (Food)
December 2014 - Mercy Housing (Food)
November 2014 - Kenneth Holder (Food)
September 2014 - Yvonne Davis (Senior)
August 2014 - Rahimi Family (Youth Education)
July 2014 - Kevin Wiley (Parent Education)
June 2014 - Krash Munoz (Youth Education)
May 2014 - Virgina Saucedo (Adult Education) 
April 2014 - Sherrie Kelley (Food - Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education) 
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)
December 2013 - Johnson Family (SMUD)
December 2013 - Yelena Demchik (Food)
November 2013 - Kenyatta Clark (Food) 
October 2013 - Frank and Janet (Food)
October 2013 - Julie Bucsit (Food - Garden)
September 2013 - Javier Martinez (Adult Education)
September 2013 - Jennifer McCoy (Food - Garden)
August 2013 - Hassan Abdullah (Clothing)
July 2013 - Jesse Rodriguez (Youth Ed)
June 2013 - Minnie Counts (Food, Garden)



  May 2013 - Christina Bordenave (Parent Ed)
April 2013 - Gertrude Byrd (Senior)
April 2013 - Cynthia Ryan (Food)
March 2013 - Diana Licon (Youth Education)
March 2013 - Alicia Brown (Food)
February 2013 - Gabriela Enriquez (Parent Ed)
December 2012 - Cynthia Robertson (Clothing)
November 2012 - Naomi Fox (SMUD)
October 2012 - Gayle and Calith (Food)
September 2012 - Veronica Lopez (Adult Ed)
August 2012 - Ossie Townsend (Food)
July 2012 - Moria Osario (Adult Education)
June 2012 - Gigi Winther (Senior)
May 2012 - Joyce & Christian (Parent Ed)
April 2012 - Yuvonda McNeal (Adult Education)
March 2012 - April Hewlett (Adult Education)
February 2012 - Diego Aguilar (Youth Ed)
January 2012 - Oleksandr and Olga (Parent Ed)
November 2011 - Maria Delgado (Mother-Baby)
October 2011 - Carl & Collette (Clothing)

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2011
Yolanda Moore

yolanda.jpgYolanda Moore originally came to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) about five years ago when she was taking art classes at a local community college. She heard, by word of mouth, about a free art program for women in Sacramento, offered at a local non-profit organization. She became intrigued with the idea decided to check it out. What she found was the Women’s Wisdom Art program at SFBFS, a free art group for women from diverse backgrounds, who come together to support one another, learn new skills, and gain self-confidence and creativity. Yolanda felt very at home and started to gain confidence in her artistic abilities.

yolanda_1.jpgAfter attending classes, she decided to pursue her degree in Art at Sacramento State University. Her classes began to take up the majority of her time. Eventually she approached Helen Plenert, Women’s Wisdom Art Program Manager, to inform her that she no longer had time to participate in the program and needed to commit full time to her Sac State classes. Although Helen and the other students were sad to see Yolanda leave, it made them happy that she was pursuing a lifelong goal. By setting such a goal and steadfastly working toward it, Yolanda was unknowingly inspiring others in the program. “Even as a student, she was always a huge help in the classroom,” says Helen. “I asked her to consider coming back as a volunteer someday. It was just over a year ago when she walked back in to begin volunteer work for us. “

In 2010, Yolanda returned to SFBFS after receiving her degree as a volunteer for the Women’s Wisdom Art program.  As a volunteer, Yolanda offers support to the students in the program. “Every day is different,” says Yolanda. She typically arrives before any classes start, working with the instructors and pulling out all the necessary materials. The women often ask for help finding a certain item or ask for Yolanda’s opinion on a project. “Every woman has her own style when it comes to art,” she comments. “I try to give my opinion to them while at the same time making sure it doesn’t interfere with their own ideas.” Yolanda’s favorite part of volunteering is seeing students progress. Oftentimes students arrive unsure and afraid that they can’t create something worthwhile. The nature of the program allows them to freely express themselves and develop creatively. Once a student sees their work displayed on a gallery wall, they feel accomplished and self-confident. “The quality of the artwork created by these women is truly impressive,” says Yolanda.

Helen and the other instructors in the program value each and every day that Yolanda volunteers in the classroom. According to Helen, Yolanda is one of those rare jewels who see what needs to be done and just jumps headfirst in to do it. A new student may need some comforting and Yolanda just sits down next to her as if that was the last seat in the room and strikes up a conversation. Another minute she is up to her elbows in dirty dishes and paint brushes. “It's really a rare moment when I have to ask her to help with something specific because she usually thinks of it before I do. In fact, she may have already done it before I finish asking!” says Helen.

In addition to volunteering, Yolanda can be found painting or drawing on her own time, spending time with her friends, or visiting her family, including her grown children and five grandchildren.

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