Young Warriors History

Young Warriors Mentoring Program 

 A Program of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural since 2007

Program History and Founder

The Young Warriors Mentoring Program was established in 2007 by founder Mayra Zaragoza when she was still a student at San Fernando High School. She began being mentored by Luis J. Rodriguez, co-founder of Tia Chucha's in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, Mayra focused on youth-centered preventative work to build community with caring adults and youth. Relationships were established  with community organizations doing similar work within the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles work. Since, Young Warriors has worked with Pacoima Beautiful, Friends of The Family, Heroes of Life, Homeboy Industry, El Nido Family Center, The Gr818ers, Street Poets and much more. 

In 2012, Mayra pursued her Bachelor's degree  in [email protected] Studies at Cal State Northridge, to be able to best mentor youth of underserved communities of color. In 2017, Mayra graduated with a B. A in [email protected] Studies and two minors. One in Writing and Rhetoric and another is Recreation Management.  Since graduating college Mayra  continues to grow and evolve the services provided by Young Warriors by seeking new opportunities and continuing to build community with organizations in alignment with Young Warriors Mission. As of 2021, Young Warriors provides services within the room of alternative schools for system impacted youth, and continues to provide weekly support groups and one-on-one mentoring services. 

Recently, Mayra was accepted into USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work.


Contact Program Director: Mayra Zaragoza 
Phone: 818-939-3433| 818-913-1968

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