Expanded Learning | Youth Program
Willie Brown Middle School, San Francisco CA

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Our work stands on the shoulders of those who came before us. We are grateful to have a team of incredibly talented and passionate people, who labor each and every day with honor to improve our school's community.

Edward Cheveres
Beacon Director

A Bay Area native, Ed brings an immense passion for working with youth who are at risk of being failed by adult-driven systems. Ed has a diverse, 16-year background in supporting and developing comprehensive school based programs, off site community based programs, and summer camps. He also has experience in gang prevention and intervention, building programs and services in a juvenile detention facility, and working to support special education. An experienced, endorsed California School-Age Consortium trainer, Ed has worked with out-of-school-time professionals across the state.

Ed studied Community and Commercial Recreation Administration at California State University, Chico. He lives in the East Bay with his wife, a 6th grade teacher.

David Banks
Program Specialist

David Banks is a community advocate with a passion to enrich future generations. He believes in initiating and promoting collaborative environments that are inclusive, accessible and safe for underrepresented communities. David is a San Francisco native, was raised in a middle class family, and is grateful to have been educated in some of the best schools the city could offer. Through his schooling, David was made keenly aware of the wealth disparity, and the ongoing lack of access to resources vulnerable communities have. He also bore witness to how an environment could be set-up to limit a young person's expectations of success and dim their outlook on life. David knows that not only does one have to have an open mind, but also they must have access to the opportunities for advancement that the privileged enjoy. With these factors in place, David feels strongly that anyone can manifest their dreams.

Andrea Neito
Program Leaders
Nick Moberg
Program Leader
Lamar Chappelle
Program Leader
More staff members to be announced soon!

Advisory Board

We are grateful to the following community champions for their service on our Advisory Board. Each and every one of them care deeply about our mission, and work to support the daily goals and long-term trajectory of the program.

Mario Paz

Over the past 11 years, Mario has overseen a successful expansion of Good Samaritan’s geographic reach to include the Bayview and Potrero neighborhoods as well as its long-standing presence in the Mission District. Mario has worked as an organizer, counselor, director, consultant, policy advisor and foundation program officer. A member of numerous boards of directors, he currently serves on San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Commission, the Mission Council, the Athletic Scholars Advancement Program, and the San Francisco Interfaith Council. Mario is the Executive Director of Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, the non-profit that provides the Willie Brown Beacon program.

Dr. Joseph Bryant Jr.

Dr. Bryant has been the Senior Pastor of Calvary Hill Church of SF since 1996, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Calvary Hill Social Services. KQED recognized Dr. Bryant for his community work in 2015, naming him a Local Hero. Dr. Bryant is the National Sports Director for Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and is also co-director of the Silicon Valley Technology & Diversity Project, assisting in the strategic planning, organization and implementation and expansion of opportunities in technology through community based organizations, educational institutions and the faith community.

Kian Alavi

Kian is the Senior Director of Youth Services at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and Founder of Vision Academy; Lead Organizer of the 415 Youth Framework, a social-justice training platform and quarterly learning summit for youth service workers; Member of the Bicis del Pueblo Action Team, a community bike-sharing and transportation justice collective; and serves as the Community Representative for District 9 (Mission, Bernal, Portola neighborhoods) on the Transportation Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee. In 2018, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named Kian to their YBCA 100, a list of global activists and thought leaders who create change and move society forward. Kian is a first-generation Iranian-American, born in San Francisco to parents who migrated from Tehran in 1964. He is graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a B.A. in Business Economics in 2002.

Randy Seriguchi Jr.

Randy believes that education is the civil rights issue of our time, that transportation equity matters in the 21st century, and that our country should favor treatment over penalty. He is working to support a model that gives our community's students more focused instructional time inside of the classroom and more focused social time outside of it. Originally from Asbury Park, New Jersey, Randy is a graduate of the University of Michigan, has a law degree from American University, and is the Executive Director of Urban Ed Academy.

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