Aleks' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

ALEKS ZAVALETA

Executive Director
Loco Bloco

“Do what you gotta do so that when you get to do what you wanna do, you are able to.”

INTERESTS:

Art Music Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Acceptance Beliefs & Faith Character Community Culture Dedication Desire Education Experience Fulfillment Hard Work Inspiration Opportunity Perseverance Pressure Pride Regrets Self-Reflection Struggle Values Family Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

accomplishment, activism, drumming, drums, gangs, happiness, having purpose, keeping busy, language barrier, literacy, making a difference, mentors, organizing, positivity, possibility, priorities, real life, school, self discovery, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was initiated into a gang at a young age; got involved with alcohol and drugs.
  • Dropped out of middle school; felt dissociated from the European culture she was being taught.
  • Her sisters convinced her to start taking classes at Loco Bloco, where she studied cooking, drums and theater.
  • Got so caught up having fun and learning at these workshops, she stopped drinking, got off the streets.
  • Loco Bloco inspired her to work hard and save her money so she could travel and learn more.
  • Recognized the profound influence her mentors had on her; knew that she wanted to pay it forward.
  • Was appointed executive director of Loco Bloco at the young age of 25.
  • Has one regret, which is not finishing school; always pushing the value of an education to her mentees.

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