Araceli Espinoza Mead is a former-native Angelino, who came to the Bay Area to study fine art. She is a daughter to immigrant parents and a first-generation college graduate, earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her concentration of painting has allowed her to look closely at cultural representation as it pertains to the Latinx and BIPOC communities. This has been a driving force in her educational work with Girls Inc. Araceli, came to the organization in 2014, first as a program leader then a coordinator; creating art curriculum as it related to literacy and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Now in Araceli’s professional journey, she is the Community Program Manager, overseeing the Eureka! 8th-10th grade programs. While she participated in CalSac’s yearlong Leadership Development Institute, she spoke to assembly members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate for out-of-school-time funding. Her mission is to remind all community partners that the brilliance of our young learners can be pushed to overcome their perceived capabilities, even when the excitement of supporting our Black and Brown communities dies down; that is our true success.