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My name is Angela Clapp and I am a Zone 4 Navigator. I am a mother of five handsome young men and education is vital to me and my children. Because of that, I have the same motivation for all the families in the Family Success Alliance organization. The reason I am so moved and emotional about FSA is because of its advantages for families, offering help and support for their struggles and disparities. I was a mother that was in that situation where I didn’t know where our next meal was coming from, or even how I would be able to pay my bills from month to month. I decided to make some changes in my life for me and my children. It was not easy. The families I see everyday — I know their struggle, I know their hurt, I know when people look down on you, and I know the feeling of being less than average. Family Success Alliance has opened a door for me and my families who struggle day to day. Family Success Alliance is an organization that will advocate for you and your children. I am so fortunate to be a part of the growing process, for me and the families I currently work with.
My name is Antonia Cortes Sanchez and I work with Family Success Alliance in Zone 4 as a navigator. I was born in Juventino Rosas, Guanajuato, and I immigrated to North Carolina when I was 7 years old and I love living here because of the beautiful people, cities, and history. I am a proud mama to a beautiful young lady, and a handsome baby boy. To me, like many other Hispanic families, my family is everything to me and all I do is for them. Like many other parents, I want my children to succeed in their education and I know that for that to happen children should have a strong support from their teachers and parents. When I heard of Family Success Alliance and their mission all I could think of was that I wanted to become part of all of it. I am here to provide a voice to the voiceless, support the ones that need help, and overall make the community better. I am very passionate about equality for everyone no matter race, gender, sexual preference, or status. Our children are the future – what better way to have a better community than to teach and guide the leaders of tomorrow.
Mingalaba, Aloha, hi y’all! My Burmese name is Khin Hnit Oo, but I go by April. I was born in Yangon, Burma and raised on the island of Kauai in Hawaii when my family emigrated to the United States. Even in Hawaii, growing up was far from paradise. As a first-generation immigrant family in an isolated environment it was a challenge to be without a community that shared our cultural identity. When I moved out to North Carolina for school four years ago, I was very fortunate to find a community of refugee families from Burma and many other countries that gave me a sense of community I longed for throughout my childhood. Although I share a cultural background with some of my families, I am here for all of our families and stand in solidarity with those I have a lot to learn from culturally. I personally know of the pressures and injustices inflicted on immigrant and minority families and the toll it takes on our well-being and health outcomes. I plan to continue working alongside families in tackling these social determinants of health and ensure that our next generations are able to break the cycle of poverty. I believe the Family Success Alliance wants the same things and am proud to be a part of the FSA team.
Hello my name is Brittany Bulluck and I am a Zone 6 Navigator with Family Success Alliance. I was born and raised in NYC for 18 years and later relocated to NC, my father’s native state. I am proud to be biracial, of Puerto Rican and African American descent. I am a mother to a handsome and very active 6-year-old boy. I am very passionate when it comes to community, most importantly our children and their success.
I am filled with gratitude and excitement to now have the opportunity to work face to face with those who are impacted by the different policy changes implemented by our government. You see, my work experience has stemmed from corporate healthcare to community advocacy. In corporate I saw a system that in my eyes was not completely functional. Only the informed and educated individuals were the ones who received help. It always saddened me to see the situations of those around me, including myself, fall into due to a lack of information, which ultimately left some in situations where they went without what I consider requirements of life and not benefits of life ie.: healthcare, a home, running water, food etc.
Time and time again I thought to myself, how can we break the cycle or reach the children before they became an adult. If only we could ensure that they could learn all the fundamentals necessary for success. Maybe, just maybe, we could make a difference to change the outcome of their lives.
I am overjoyed to now be a part of Family Success Alliance, an organization that embodies the same vision, values and heart.
My name is Claudia Yerena, and I am a Zone 4 Navigator for the Family Success Alliance. I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, but I have lived in Chapel Hill for almost 18 years. I am a proud mom of two boys, and a beautiful, baby girl. My family is my life, and I want the best for them. For this reason, I try to be very involved in their education and sports activities. As a mother, I want to give my kids the opportunities to be successful, and to teach them to overcome challenges in life. I think we all want that for our children. I may be a new Navigator, but I have been actively involved as parent in the Family Success Alliance program for 2 years. I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful program because its goal is to make a positive change in our children’s lives in my community. What I love the most about FSA is that it not only focuses on the children, but also the whole family. It provides the resources and makes connections to those families who are struggling with basic needs. Working with FSA gives me the opportunity to contribute more to my community. This great program will change the lives of our children in the zones. We need to work harder for children, because children are our future adults. Children in our zones, can now dream big, because they will know that anything is possible. They will have the tools and support to be whatever they want to be in life. They just need to persist, to work hard and the willingness to never give up.
My name is Erika Cervantes and I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I recently graduated from Meredith College in August, 2016 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Being a first generation college graduate, I bring to the team first-hand knowledge regarding the barriers that our community faces when trying to access higher education, such as financial help. One of my dreams is to help many families enroll their children in higher education, but before that happens, I hope to assist them in boarding the “cradle to collage and career” path. I am also a mother to a 16-month-old boy who is my inspiration to help bring about change in our community, especially because he will be growing up in this county. Lastly, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
I am Mariela Hernandez, Zone 6 navigator for the Family Success Alliance I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. I have lived in Carrboro/Chapel Hill for ¾ of my life so I consider myself from NC. I am a proud parent of three very busy kids 15, 12 and 8. As a parent I know the importance of being involved with my kids and their school activities. I am known in my kids’ schools as one of several go-to parents that can provide assistance to other parents who might be having some trouble. When I heard of the Family Success Alliance and their goal of assuring all kids in Orange County have the opportunity for a healthy, safe and productive life from the day they are born until they go to college, I was all in for the project. As I was growing up my parents were unaware of support around them for several reasons. Because of language barriers and lack of transportation, we sometimes fell through the gaps. So my goal is not to have any of our community kids fall through these gaps and give them a chance to be successful and thrive in their education and career because they are “OUR FUTURE AFTER ALL”.P.S. Our collaborative agencies are the some incredible groups in our area. A big HIGH five to them!!!!