Hello Generation Hope family!
I'm Silvana Rueda, Generation Hope's new Program Coordinator! I'm honored to join the Generation Hope family in this new role, and can't wait to get started.
A little bit about myself: I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, to a young single mother who had just finished her college degree. My mom and I moved to upstate New York a few years later -- and I grew up in the small town of Ithaca, where I would spend my summers swimming in the gorges, and my winters frolicking in the snow. In 2006, I headed to Vassar College, where I divided my time between studying Sociology (with a focus on Women's Studies), learning foreign languages, and volunteering for different youth programs in the area. I graduated four years later, with a BA in Sociology with honors.
Most recently, I worked for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington DC, running a college- and career-readiness program at a local high school. Before that, I served as an AmeriCorps member, implementing a multicultural anti-bullying and service-learning curriculum at a public elementary school.
In my spare time, I love curling up with a great book, making green smoothies, and channeling my inner Serena Williams on the tennis court.
-Silvana Rueda, Program Coordinator