Alma-Delia Renteria

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Project Manager, Be A Leader

Los Angeles, California

Alma-Delia Renteria is a proud product of Lynwood schools. As a student in Lynwood, Alma was very involved which developed her passion for community outreach and education. After graduating UC Riverside, with a B.A. in English and a year earlier than anticipated, she decided to make her “fourth year” of college a year of giving back by joining the national non-profit City Year.

While at City Year Los Angeles, Alma built a strong network of education advocates which encouraged her to apply and join the prestigious Teach For America program. Upon joining TFA, Alma began her education career as a middle school teacher at a charter school in Downtown Los Angeles.

It was while teaching that she realized the need to do her part to help serve the community she grew up in. Alma was elected to the Lynwood School Board in 2013, where she made college accessibility/readiness a main priority. Her passion for providing communities like her own opportunities for a future of options led her to transition into the non-profit sector and take the role of project manager for Be A Leader Foundation, a college readiness program under the Jacki & Gilbert Cisneros Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera initiative.

Alma completed her master’s degree in Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University and looks forward to continuing her involvement in the college access movement.

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

We Promise the American Dream, But What About These DREAMers?

Often, we speak of time as something we are in control of. Unfortunately, “I’ll do that next time,” or, “take…

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coming Back to the School That Served Him Meant More Than Any Job Title Could

I met Danny Herrera a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put a date on it as I remember…

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Posted Jan. 10, 2017

This Is How Far a Simple ‘I Believe in You’ Can Go

“I didn’t realize what I can do and that I can make a difference with my actions. Thank you for…

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Here’s Why I’m Defending Teach For America

Whenever I have the opportunity to share about myself, I always scan the room before sharing that “I am a…

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Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Think Charter Schools Aren’t Held Accountable? Think Again.

One of the biggest misconceptions around charter schools is that they lack accountability. While I am a strong supporter of…

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Posted Sep. 16, 2016

To Mobilize Our Youth for Future Elections, We Must Embrace Student Voices Now

Whenever people ask me what I miss most about my classroom days, I often struggle between two specific memories: my…

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