The Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program is a collaborative of 11 nonprofits, that serves over 18 neighborhoods in the city. Each of our coordinators has a passion for working with and developing young people and are literate on the issues and needs of their particular neighborhoods. Browse the unique personalities, backgrounds, hobbies and overall awesomeness of our program coordinators!
Nikia started as a MYEEP Coordinator August 2014 but has been a part of MYEEP since 2010 when she was a CIT. Nikia has since studied Political Science at San Francisco City College and stayed active in the Bay Area community. Her experience includes working with the Treatment Access Program, Strengthening Families, Student Work Experience Program and most recently, Public Allies.
Nikia has been doing direct service with youth for several years and genuinely enjoys connecting with and providing resources to young people. In her free time, Nikia enjoys singing and writing music (soul/r&b/indie), reading romantic novels and spending time with her son.
Benny is our coordinator at the Community Youth Center in Chinatown. Benny has a long history with MYEEP being both a CIT and participant in previous years. After completing our program, he decided to follow his passion…food. He fulfilled his dream of completing a culinary program in San Francisco. However, he soon realized that he yearned to give back to the community that helped support his growth so many years before. Therefore, we are beyond thrilled to welcome Benny back to our family!
Eileen is the Program Coordinator at the Young Community Developer’s site located in Bay View Hunters Point. With Eileen being raised in the Hunters Point community, she is no stranger to the needs of the community. Eileen recently graduated from Johnson C. Smith University a Historically Black College located in Charlotte North Carolina and has returned to seek a higher education in youth development and give back to her community. Eileen is definitely a big kid at heart and her love for youth keeps her young as she continues to strive for the success of her younger generation by helping to motivate, prepare, and then lead them towards success.
In her spare time, Eileen enjoys traveling, socializing, reading urban novels, and hanging out with family. Eileen’s favorite quote is “No regret because life is sacred. Never let go of what you put your faith in. Times get hard, gotta keep your patience. Hold on til your dreams come true and EMBRACE IT, FACE IT” -Norie
On her free time she likes to eat cookies before dinner, shop for owl jewelry, oil paint and watch Mexican & Brazilian soccer.
Manny has been a dedicated youth advocate for over twenty years, holding several positions in the San Francisco youth community. He enjoys working for MYEEP because it allows him to work with youth on a larger scale. He also enjoys spending time and building relationships with young people because it makes a more profound, lasting impact on their lives.
Beyond is love of working with youth, he is also a self-proclaimed soccer fanatic. He was raised in a family of professional players and says that playing “foot ball” is in his blood. When he isn’t kicking the ball around, you can find Manny playing the guitar and the percussion drum or traveling.
Tyree Johnson is a native of Cleveland, OH. He received his bachelors from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC before obtaining an MBA from Indiana University. After an extensive business career with Hewlett-Packard, California Pacific Medical Center, The Permanente Medical Group, and Pacific Maritime Association, Tyree became the MYEEP Coordinator for the Oceanview, Merced, and Ingleside neighborhoods in July 2012.
Tyree made the career switch because he enjoys working with and empowering youth. In his spare time, Tyree enjoys comedy, soccer, football, physical fitness, reading, modern theater, dance, music, and cooking.
Lesette Gray is a native of San Francisco. She graduated from Balboa High School and then continued her education at the North of Market Child Development Center. After working as a Preschool Teacher, Lesette realized she wanted to work with older youth and became the MYEEP Coordinator for Visitacion Valley – the very neighborhood she grew up in.
Lesette is passionate about working with young people because they are still open to life and learning and they’re not afraid to be excited. In her spare time, Lesette enjoys shopping for nail polish and haircare products and spending time with her four daughters – Lavonda, Precious, Kavina, and Lauren.
Matt is from the small town of Tulare, CA and moved to San Francisco 6 years ago for college. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from SF State. Throughout his time in the city Matt has primarily worked with middle school youth in a variety of settings ranging from afterschool programs, sports and summer camps. Matt brings years of experience working with youth and enjoys the connections and positive impact he’s made on the community.
In his spare time Matt enjoys watching any sport on television except gold. He’s a Giants, Lakers, and NY Jets fan so takes pride in staying on top of current events in professional sports. Matt also enjoys playing soccer which helps him stay active and healthy.
Lori Tran grew up in Vietnam before attending the University of Hawaii with a major in Business. In October 1997, after working in different industries, she became the MYEEP Coordinator at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC). In addition to MYEEP, Lori also handles the Summer Work Experience Program at BHNC.
Lori likes working with youth because they are always so full of energy and eager to learn. She believes that all youth can build a future to look forward to with a little guidance. In her spare time, Lori likes shopping and sitting at a coffee shop with friends.