Leataata Floyd Elementary School, led by Principal Eric Chapman, is an inclusive and passionate environment. The school's mission is social justice in action. Through project based learning, intensive intervention supports and community engagement, students are learning to how to be successful students and how to advocate for themselves. Leataata Floyd Elementary School is named after an amazing community activist, mother, grandmother, dance teacher, and student advocate who has served the community and the school for over 30 years.
The City Year team at Leataata Floyd is immersed into the school's culture of authentic care. The seven City Year AmeriCorps Members serving at Leataata greet their students in the morning with energetic songs, cheers, and dances. During the day, they provide whole classroom support, facilitate Attendance, Behavior, English Language Arts and Math interventions, and focus on building positive and meaningful relationships with students. After school, they work alongside the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento and the Roberts Family Development Center to provide students with enriching learning experiences. The one of a kind after-school collaboration is the only partnership in the Sacramento City Unified School District that combines three after-school service providers on the same campus.
Teamwork, focus, and commitment are strong values on Leataata Floyd's campus that stem from a strong belief in the power of its young people.
Name: Paul Willis, Program Manager
Hometown: Boston, MA
Fun Fact: I’m a member of the Catalyst program, which is a leadership and professional development training program offered by the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. I’m also on the board of Sol Collective.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: Everything.
Future Goals: To inspire and motivate young people to become the best version of themselves.
Name: Vanessa Segovia Oviedo, Team Leader
Hometown: Bay Area
Fun Fact: I am part of a Aztec dance group in Sacramento called Calmecac.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: It means that youth can make a difference in their communities and the world around them. If they have supporters, advocates, and champions believing in them, and they too believe in themselves that they can make change, the youth can succeed and reach their highest potential.
Future Goals: Work with the City Year Recruitment team or attend graduate school at Sacramento State for the Master's of Social Work Program.
Name: Billy Agaran
Hometown: Waipahu, HI (O'ahu)
Fun Fact: I was named after a celebrity.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: Children are our future. They have the potential to change the world.
Future Goals: To graduate with a Master's in Education and to become a teacher.
Name: Jean Kim
Hometown: Southern California
Fun Fact: Born in New York
What does “Belief in the Power of Young People” mean to you: It means that young people can accomplish a lot.
Future Goals: Peace Corps
Name: Sarah Mackey
Hometown: Placerville, Ca
Interesting Fact: I played basketball in college at UC Santa Cruz.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: To me it means that every child deserves someone who believes in them and it provides me assurance knowing that a bright future lays ahead because of the service we provide.
Future Goals: Attend grad school to get my Master's for Counseling in Education.
Name: Patty Munoz
Fun Fact: Fluent in Spanish
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: It means that you believe in the youth even when they don't believe in themselves.
Future Goals: Law School
Name: Taylor Simerly
Hometown: Placerville, CA
Fun Fact: I use to be a ballerina.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: I believe that every child deserves someone who believes in them and teaches them to look and dream beyond today
Future Goals: Get my Master's degree in Social Work
Name: Jondell Taylor
Hometown: Brunswick, Georgia
Fun Fact: I like to crochet.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: Belief in the power of young people means knowing that our youth today are tomorrow's future and it’s our job to make sure they are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in their future.
Future Goals: Teaching Programs
Name: James Young
Hometown: Cornish, New Hampshire
Fun Fact: I grew up 3000 miles away from Sacramento.
What does "Belief in the Power of Young People" mean to you: I believe that every child has the power to do great things in their lives.
Future Goals: I plan on going to college at Roger Williams University