The single biggest protective factor in the lives of young people who experience toxic stress is a caring adult. There is also a direct corollary: the more caring adults you have, the stronger the shield.
Over nine years in Special Education and School Leadership, fostering resiliency and hope through Spoken Word and Hip Hop. Contact Karega
Over six years serving Oakland schools to develop operations that nurture caring relationships with students and families. Contact Leslye
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Devoted to giving students the love and knowledge I wish I received. Contact Cesar
Million Kelati has been teaching for the last 7 years as both a classroom teacher and special education teacher. Contact Million
Xicana educator and former environmental justice educator with fifteen years of experience working with children and families in K-12. Loves to infuse art, social justice and culture in curriculum. Contact Erika
LT (Laurence Tan) spent most of his near 20 years of Educational Experience teaching in Watts, South Central Los Angeles where he is most proud of creating a Critical Pipeline of Youth Development called the Watts Youth Collective (WYC) and the UCLA’s Council of Youth Research (CYR). He helped design and create Roses in Concrete, and is currently the STEM coordinator and upper grade Lead Teacher, and has been distinguished and recognized nationally with various Teacher of the Year awards. Contact Laurence
Over twelve years teaching experience ranging from private, public and charter schools throughout the Bay Area. Contact Daniel
Oakland native with twelve years of child development experience, centered around physical activity, curriculum development and youth leadership. Contact John
Grew up in Los Angeles and began working with youth through the Watts Youth Collective. Came to Roses in Concrete through his mentor and former 5th grade teacher. Contact Hector
Asistente instrucional en español en Kinder, he trabajado por 10 años en escuela bilingüe en kinder, siempre disfrutando el poder ayudar a los estudiantes a reforzar su idioma materno o a estudiantes de diferentes nacionalidades a aprender un nuevo idioma, el español. Contact Erika
I am from SoCal where I grew up in the Watts, South Los Angeles area. Been working alongside my mentor Laurence Tan, also known in the community as LT, to create spaces for youth where their voices matter and can be heard. Where their minds are able to unlearn what they have learned and use it to transform themselves as well as their communities. I am a firm believer of hearing people out and giving them an opportunity to pour their souls out and help guide their emotions towards positive change. Contact Carlos
East Bay native with over 6 years of experience with youth. I’m passionate about teaching self-love and culture-based curriculum. I’m committed to bringing my love and knowledge to Roses in support of breaking societal expectations and helping raise a generation of change. Contact Anastashia
Un niño que habla dos O mas idiomas, tienen mas oportunidades en la Vida ,por eso a mi me gusta enseñar mi idioma que es el Español. Contact Irma
East Oakland community member devoted to creating a safer and healthy Oakland. Over twenty years of experience as custodian in Oakland with dedication to quality education for all our children.