As a Program Assistant, Bianca works closely with the TAY Program Coordinator. Her responsibilities include co-planning TAY program events and projects, participating in youth meetings, and researching resources/opportunities available to TAY. Bianca also co-facilitates workshops, as well as recruitment and outreach events designed to: empower youth, increase socialization, and increase youth and young adults understanding of self-wellness.
Growing up, Bianca had encountered various forms of trauma. A major impact was the lack of access to a stable home life. Moving around gave her the opportunity to encounter different spaces and people however. One of the few places that was a consistent environment is Oakland School for the Arts. At OSA, she had an outlet to explore her passions. Singing, learning to read music, and being a self-taught pianist gave her the ability to connect with herself and others around her. Her goal for the future is to use music therapy as a coping and healing mechanism.
After High School, she went to CSUEB and then transferred to the tech program Year Up. While participating in the first half of the Year Up program, she served on the Student Outreach Committee, subsequently initiating three drives for the holidays. Bianca created a toy drive in collaboration with Monumental Toy Drive in Concord, CA, and a clothing drive with the Salvation Army. She independently funded and assembled feminine hygiene care packages for homeless women in Oakland, CA. With the help of staff and colleagues, this turned out to be very successful programs that lead to her receiving both the Professional of the Week Award and a certificate of recognition.
After completing Year Up and obtaining the Chris Mello Award for Leadership at graduation, the efforts she devoted herself to illustrate that she’s an asset because of her organization, work ethic, and ability to collaborate well with others. Bianca demonstrates tenacity and commitment towards professional development as well as the betterment of her community.