Over the next three weeks, you will learn about all four of our executive board members and the nine junior board members. Our series continues with our Associate Executive Director, Sabrena Hernandez.
I’m Sabrena, the Associate Executive Director for Project Gia. I am 22 years old, and I was born and raised in Stockton. I am a student at Sacramento State where I study Public Relations, work in Marketing, and intern for the athletic department. I am also a mother to a two year old daughter who is best described as a fire cracker. In my free time I enjoy being with my family and friends, watching documentaries on social issues, sports, and finding local festivals/events to attend with my boyfriend and daughter!
For someone who has lived in Stockton all their life, there are many things I have managed to not see and know about. My parents, two Franklin High grads had me when they were 17 years old. Despite having the odds stacked against them, they sent me to private school as I watched each other them obtain Bachelor’s degrees, and my dad a Masters. I have lived a life where I truly cannot complain about anything.I have never once in my life (not even when I found out I was pregnant at 19) thought I could not be everything I had ever dreamed of being. I attribute that to the people I think of as “my village”. There is a saying that says “It takes a village to raise a child”. The village I have, and the village my daughter has is the reason why I am able to achieve my goals. Without my family, and incredible group of friends many things would not be possible in my life and I know this.
I know that most people will unfortunately not have the same village I do. Project Gia has opened my eyes to so many things. Before Project Gia my idea of a feminist was someone who hated men and talked down on them, and to be honest just a crazy woman. It took me 22 years to find out what it meant and to realize I, someone who does not see a man as any less than myself, am also a feminist. Living on the north side of town, literally maybe a 10 minute walk to Lodi there was so much of Stockton that I was missing. I had not gone to see a movie in downtown Stockton in maybe 10 years, in fact I could probably count the times on my hand I had gone south of UOP last year. If you are anything like me, which I know there are a lot of you, there is SO MUCH you are missing! I know what we see on the media is terrible and it’s scary, but you can make a difference. Instead of writing about how bad Stockton is on your Facebook wall, get involved.
Project Gia is vital to Stockton. There is no organization in this city like it. The next generation is so important for the future of not only our city, but our world. Young girls today face SO many issues many of us never had to face with cell phones, social media, pressure to look a certain way, etc. They need positive role models like myself and the women of Project Gia to be part of their village. To encourage them, to teach them, to show them that nothing in this world can stop them. In just the few short months I have been a part of Project Gia, my life has completely changed. All of our lives have changed, and we are ready to change the lives of others. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing organization, the future of PG is so bright!
To find out more information on Sabrena or Project Gia, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .