As a program coordinator, her main goal is to prevent mental illness and serve adults in various ways throughout Orange County. Blanca has been in the non-profit sector for six years, assisting youth and families throughout Orange County. Blanca graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double Bachelors in Chicano/Latino Studies and Criminology, Law, and Society.
Blanca received the UCI Building Puentes-Bridges Award for Exceptional Commitment to Chicano/Latino Undergraduate Student Service and Community Life; demonstrating exemplary commitment to establishing and strengthening Puentes-Bridges in the form of student service that advances the growth, retention, and community life of the Chicano/Latino population. In her free time she enjoys going to Zumba, listening to music, and catching up with friends. Drop by to say hello.
Youth Employment Program Coordinator
Jasmine Castellanos graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a second Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Here at OCCTAC coordinates the Youth Employment Program and the Religious Leader Behavioral Health Training Program. She is dedicated to serving her community and has a passion to break the stigma associated with behavioral health. Through her work with at risk-youth, she has learned that her passions & talents can become a tool to help youth find resources all while providing an environment that fosters their talents and personality.
Claudia is the Program Instructor for Early Start which focuses on infants and toddlers from ages 6 months to 3 yrs. Her class aims at educating parents and children in a natural setting in order to help enhance their children’s cognitive, language, fine/gross motor skills and social development. She also leads the Program for Pre-Kinder Arts Literacy and Socialization classes which are conducted in English and Spanish. Her students’ ages are 3 to 4 years old and there is an emphasis in Art & Music to help youth with literacy and socialization. Claudia states,” I love my job because I get the opportunity to empower, guide, and change the direction of many youth who have overcome countless obstacles. I challenge youth to reach far and do well in school. It is always worth the extra effort to help build a confident adult individual.”
Claudia received her Bachelor Degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, majoring in Chicana/o Studies, with a minor in Spanish. While working with the little ones at OCCTAC, Claudia also helps transitional age youth as the Literacy Coach, providing one-to-one English tutoring to youth ages 16-21 to assist them with mastering their subject matter with confidence. Claudia’s goal is to strive to be the best multicultural teacher she can be while incorporating effective teaching strategies that reach all types of learners in respectful and thoughtful ways. Claudia is currently at Chapman University pursing a Masters in Bilingual Education.