Margarita Romero, Media Intern from Salinas, California. She is currently studying at Hartnell College with a focus on Chicana/Ethnic Studies. In her spare time she enjoys doing homework, Aztec dancing, reading, and working. Her talents and enthusiasm will be a great asset to the MILPA mission and vision. Interning at MILPA allows her the freedom to pitch new ideas to make Salinas a better and safe community.
Kayla Abundis, Program Intern from Salinas California. She is currently a student at El Puente which is an independent school in Salinas. Upon graduation she aspires to move into cosmetology school. In her free time, she enjoys socializing, promoting movement building and is involved in the Youth Voice project. Her leadership, creativity and ambition will bring a millennial vibe to MILPA.
Eric Rodriguez-Mendez, Program Intern In 2016 Eric received a B.A. in Health and Human Services from California State University Monterey Bay. He aspires to work in the education system and has recently taken a position in Human Resources at Monterey Peninsula College. With his new career endeavours, he hopes to help low income students to pursue their academic and professional goals. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, meso-american philosophy and doing photography.
Andrea Perez-Acosta, Office Intern from Watsonville, California. She is currently a student at Hartnell College with a focus on Chicano/a Studies. She aspires to work in the community promote racial justice, build youth power and improve overall community conditions for youth and families. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing with the Brown Berets De Salaztlan. A skill she brings to the table is her technical skills and enjoys working with Photoshop Illustrator and Microsoft Office applications.
Joseph De La Torre, Community Outreach Intern from Salinas, California. He is a student at El Puente and aspires to work as an automotive mechanic or in the criminal justice system to change the policies and practices. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors and remaining active in the community. A special skill he brings to MILPA is being understanding of other people's background and while also supporting fellow interns in promoting racial justice.
Natasha Harbert, Youth Equity Intern from Boulder Creek, California. She is a student at California State University Monterey Bay with a major in Health and Human Services. She spent 11 years working in the veterinary field with three of those years working as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is making a change with a health and human services focus in order to facilitate progress and solidarity in the Salinas community. At MILPA she will leverage her leadership capacity as she learns about youth justice reform.
Jaycob Rodriguez, Youth Intern from Salinas, California. He is currently home schooled and aspires to join the military or become a manager for a sports team. In his free time he enjoys playing football and basketball. He brings MILPA his great work ethic and limitless effort to make Salinas a safe place to live and work.
Gerald Morgan, Community Outreach Intern at MILPA. He is studying Criminal Justice at Monterey Peninsula College and aspires to work in law enforcement to spearhead policy change in the criminal justice system. In his free time, he enjoys exercising and listening to various genres of music. A skill he brings to MILPA is being a leader and being a positive example for other youth in the community.