• Founders

    "I am because we are, Yet we are because you & I are."

    Salif

    Doubare

    Pomona College B.A. '12

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    Brian Ssembajjwe

    Pomona College B.S. '12

    Hometown: Concord, CA

    Martin

    Barrera

    Pomona College B.A '13

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

    Corey

    Jacinto

    Pomona College B.A. '14

  • 2016-2017 Leadership

    Excellence Through Teamwork

    Tristen LuVert

    President

    Hometown: Calmut City, IL

    College: Pomona College

    Darien Boyd

    Vice-President

    Hometown:

    College: Pomona College

    Alan Peck

    Chief of Staff

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    College: Pomona College

    Historian

    Hometown: Wilmington, NC

    College: Pomona College

    Christian Gonzalez

    Academic Chair

    College: Pomona College

    Community Engagement Ambassador

    College: Pomona College

    Aaron Sharper

    Academic Chair

    College: Pomona College

    Triston Caviness

    Social Chair

    Hometown: New York, NY

    College: Pitzer College

    Niles Brooks

    Treasurer

    Hometown: New York, NY

    College: Pitzer College

    Honzo Smilek

    Social Chair

    Hometown: Washington, D.C.

    College: Pomona College

  • YMC Directors

    Emowering Our Youth

    Martin Barrera

    Martin Barrera

    YMC Founder

    Created and led by Paul Knopf & Bernardo Rosa of the Pomona Unified School District, Young Men's Circle served young men from several high schools within the district. However, the program needed the perspective & advice of young men to whom the high school students could directly relate. As the Community Engagement Ambassador for BLOC, Martin, began working with Paul to bring BLOC in as the leaders of the Young Men's Circle program.

    Salif Doubare

    Salif Doubare

    YMC Founder

    Martin Barrera and founders of BLOC became the program's first directors & lead a team of 15-20 BLOC members to hold mentoring meetings at Pomona High School weekly to the students struggling most, i.e minority males, their presence in math, science & corporate levels, athletically inclined but academically struggling. BLOC is about fostering and nurturing holistic leaders in all fields.

    Brian Ssembajjwe

    Brian Ssembajjwe

    YMC Founder

    Marcellus

    Marcellus

    Executive Director (2012-2016)

    Taking over for Martin as director, Marcellus continued and redesigned the program at Pomona High School. He then went on to expand the program to Ganesha High School in Pomona, CA.

    Jaureese Gaines

    Jaureese Gaines

    Program Executive (2012-2016)

    As Marcellus began working with Ganesha High School, Jaureese took on a significant role at Pomona High School. He has created valuable and relatable lesson plans to teach the mentees.

    Ivan Soloman

    Ivan Soloman

    Executive Director (2016-Present)

    Ivan took over as Executive for Marcellus in his sophomore year, running weekly programming logistics for both high schools.

    Semassa Boko

    Semassa Boko

    Program Executive (2016-2018)

    Semassa works with Ivan and the high schools in coordination, lesson planning, & discussion leading every week.

    Darien Boyd

    Darien Boyd

    Executive Director (2017-2018)

    Darien leads the mentoring groups & discussions at Pomona High school every week.

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