Youth Advocates

Jo'Mya Futch

"Being in the Pride & Purpose Project has helped my stay on track and focused on my future"

Contra Costa Community College
Class of 2022

Elsa Lopez

"I like that I was able to find my passion in makeup and start my business"

Richmond High School
Class of 2022

Ms. Meka

Senior Youth Development Specialist/ Environmental Programs Development

Shameka Bolds is an innovative and creative Youth Development Specialist who has provided over 5+ years of youth services to the Northern California area. A Richmond native herself, Shameka understands the benefits and the necessity of organizations and programs like CHAA and the Pride & Purpose Project for Youth that help challenge policies of today and strengthen policies for tomorrow. Shameka graduated cum laude from HBCU Lane College and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Mariela Sanchez

"I didnt really join groups until the Pride & Purpose Project now I feel more comfortable joining and participating in other groups."

Richmond High School
Class of 2022

Marcesha Lenoir

"It has helped me with public speaking and speaking out about youth rights"

Richmond High School
Class of 2022