Sharon Castillo is a first-generation American and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Having spent much of her upbringing around underserved communities she developed a love for education, mentorship, and social justice. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.A in Communications and Public Relations in 2020. Sharon is a Heart of Los Angeles Alumni and has periodically worked for them as a camp counselor and mentor to help first-generation students navigate their first-year experience. Throughout her undergrad, Sharon served as Parliamentarian officer for the on-campus organization Mujeres Ayudando la Raza as well as completed the Disney College Program in 2018. She hopes to further her studies in business administration.
Avani Ladhar is a student at the University of Alberta. She is a double major in Political Science and Women Gender Studies with a certification in Community Service Learning. Her passion for advocacy in education and prison reform has led to her work as an Addiction and Anger Management Program Facilitator for the Elizabeth Fry Society. She currently serves as a board member for the Coalition for Justice and Human Rights. A nonprofit that provides legal advocacy and creates educational programs for prisons. Lastly, she is passionate about empowering youth and volunteers her time mentoring criminalized children through the Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP), and helps them navigate the post-secondary system.