In 2007, Mayra Zaragoza, still a high school student, established Young Warriors Youth Mentoring Program, under the umbrella of, Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore with the help of the co-founder and know author Luis J Rodriguez. Young Warriors was created to meet the needs of the young people living in the low income communities of the northeast San Fernando Valley.
The need being: a safe, judgment-free space, in which young people from all walk of life could coexist, learn from each other, mature and contribute to the betterment of themselves and community.
Mission and Vision:
Our mission is to help young people understand their individual: mental, emotional and physical needs through the practices of proper mentoring.Our vision is to empower a generation of community leaders who live a balanced, purposeful and wholesome life.
Young Warriors Mentoring Program focuses on Leadership mentorship. The role of a leadership mentor is to provide the tools and space needed in which youth, from all walks of life, can learn to access and communicate their physical, mental and emotional needs and healing from their childhood traumas/struggles. Guiding mentee(s) to face their childhood wounds, is key to achieve and understand their [own] self authority, stability, discipline, purpose, and identity.