MOB COMMUNITY LEADER MENTOR
Jabari Scott (Coach Twin) is a native of Oakland Ca, also an alumni class of 2004 at Castlemont High School. Coach Twin went off to Laney College to obtain his degree in Kinesiology. From a young age, Coach Twin has always wanted to help his community in any and every way that he could. Coach Twin started coaching at the early age of 13 at the boys and girls club of Oakland and EOYDC. Coach Twin currently serves as the Castlemont High School JV head football coach and the MOB Community Leader Mentor.
MOB COMMUNITY LEADER MENTOR
Atilua Tony (Coach Tone) grew up in East Oakland, California. Coach Tone and his family suffered from poverty early in life. As a young man he had an affinity for making money. In his neighborhood “Murder Dubbs” he started making bad decisions in his life but at the right moment, sports changed his life. He began to play high school football and made quite a name for himself over the course of 4 years and earned a dual scholarship to USC (partial academic and partial athletic). The summer before he was supposed to leave for college, he made another bad choice and ended up going to jail/prison. He lost his scholarship and destroyed the trust that he had with his parents. After 2 years he was released from prison and made a promise to his mother that he would never return to that lifestyle. He was able to get a job and started community college within weeks of his release from prison. Coach Tone graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. With his knowledge of being an entrepreneur, he strives to show our children a way to create a brand and believe in what they are pushing to the public. His main goal for the future is to keep as many of our young children out of harm's way. Coach Tone serves as JV Football Coach, a Youth Counselor, and Community Leader Mentor at Castlemont High School for the MOB.
LEADERSHIP AND LIFE SKILLS COORDINATOR: MY OTHER SISTER BLACK GIRL YOUTH INITIATIVE
Linda Stevenson (Coach Linda) was born and raised in Oakland, Ca, and a graduate of McClymonds High School class of 83. She attended UC Berkeley and majored in Political Science. A mother of 5 whom all attended and graduated from Castlemont High School in 2012: Linda was asked to coach Cheerleaders at Castlemont and that began the cheer dynasty at Castlemont and Oakland, bringing home several championships and a recent national title. As a Coach and Mentor her job is to give every child a chance at success. Coach Linda serves as Leadership and Life Skills Coordinator for the “My Other Sister” Black girl youth initiative within the MOB program.
SPECIAL PROJECTS: STUDENT TRANSCRIPT EVALUATIONS
Bree Blades is a first-generation college graduate from Pasadena, CA. During her High School years, Bree decided she was going to embark on a professional journey that focused on college access and financial literacy. She received a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in African American Studies with a minor in Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago. Bree has worked with the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community College (CCC) higher education systems. Her personal experiences navigating a complex higher education system coupled with her professional experiences in educational research, college access and retention, and financial empowerment, continue to be the motivating factor she pulls from when working with historically underrepresented students. She currently serves in Special Projects for MOB via student transcript evaluations for college access and eligibility.
MOB COLLEGE AND CAREER COORDINATOR
Berenice Vega is the College and Career Readiness Specialist at Castlemont High School. Berenice is hella proud to be from East Oakland. She attended Oakland Public schools and graduated from Castlemont High School. Berenice is the first in her family to graduate from college and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Berenice loves music and loves spending time at the beach. She also enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends. Berenice serves as the College and Career Coordinator for the MOB program.
COMMUNITY LEADER MENTOR: MY OTHER SISTER BLACK GIRL YOUTH INITIATIVE
Jai Stevenson is born and raised in Oakland California and graduated from Castlemont High School in 2017. She later attended Alabama State University in the fall majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. She then graduated spring of 2021 Cum Laude. She later plans on going to law school to pursue a career in law. With this law degree, she later plans on providing free legal aid for the people in the city of Oakland. Jai prides herself on giving back to her community which is why she came back to help her mother coach the Castlemont Knights cheer team that she was a part of throughout her four years of high school. Her experience and skills are most shown while she is coaching and engaging with the team as she leads with patience. Her main skills being time management, organization, and being hands-on allows her to be a great fit for the program and a good mentor as well. Jai serves as Community Leader Mentor for the My Other Sister Black Girl Youth Initiative within the MOB program.
MOB YOUTH PEER MENTOR
Jaylen McGary grew up in Berkeley and East Oakland and attends Castlemont High School. He is passionate about being a positive real model for his community. Jaylen serves as MOB Youth Peer Mentor where he works with cohorts of young Black youth and youth of color that are underclassmen within the MOB program. He will be attending Morehouse College next year on an academic and football scholarship where he will major in Kinesiology.
MOB YOUTH PEER MENTOR
Joshua Jones is a senior at Castlemont High School, he will be graduating class of 2022. Joshua will be attending Contra Costa Community College next year while studying in Graphic Design and Animation. He has also been given an opportunity to continue his football athletic career at Contra Costa Community College. Joshua has not only shown great leadership on the felid, but also in the classroom via finishing up with over a 3.5 GPA. He also finds ways to help his classmates with other issues they face. In fall 2022, Joshua will be a first- generation college student representing his community in college and beyond. His biggest wish is to play a role in turning the tides for his community. Joshua Serves as MOB Youth Peer Mentor in building with cohorts of underclass K-12 MOB youth.
LIFE SKILLS COORDINATOR
Edward Washington is a native of Oakland California, also Alumni class of 2006 at Castlemont High School. Ed went to Diablo Valley College for two years where he earned a scholarship to Texas College at HBCU and Tyler Texas where he received his Bachelors of Science and Social Work. From there, Ed received a job offer to come back and be a case manager in the head football coach at his alma mater. Coach Ed always wanted to help his community in anyway that he could. Ed figured out his purpose at a young age.
"When I seen the joy that I have when helping another from there I knew that my purpose was to help My Community."