We are a campus-based grassroots mentoring movement in Portland, Oregon. We're first-generation college students and committed professionals who believe in the power of Black and Brown youth. We're here with them, representing and learning alongside them because we believe the time for Black and Brown leaders is now. Holla if you hear us.
Eric grew up in Inglewood, CA and moved to Oregon on a basketball scholarship to Oregon State University. After college he put down roots in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, he founded an organization in the 1990’s called Urban Progress. Urban Progress was featured in the Skanner, which is the oldest-owned black newspaper company in Portland, OR runner-up recipient to the prestigious “Drum Major for Justice” award handed out to those making a difference in marginalized neighborhoods. He then went on to found HOLLA.
Chelsea grew up in the Portland area and earned her Masters in Education from the University of Portland. She was so inspired by HOLLA that she left the classroom in order to participate in and support the vision of HOLLA mentors, mentees and families. As a white educator, Chelsea is passionate about continuing to learn and unlearn and inviting other white educators into critical reflection and dialogue around teaching in diverse schools.
Fernando is a recent graduate of Warner Pacific University. He became a mentor because he wants to help make a difference. He enjoys the ability to create a connection with mentees through understanding, while helping them reach their potential. As a campus mentor he is present to guide youth through different learning skills to help them achieve their goals.
Nikki, originally from Washington, went to the University of Washington where she studied Communications and American Ethnic Studies. This launched her passion for social justice in the American context. As a continuation of that passion, Nikki is currently a graduate student at Multnomah University studying Global Development and Justice. She loves HOLLA because of its dedication to culturally responsive practices that fuel lasting change.
Anahí is graduating this year from Portland State University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Civic Leadership. She is an avid advocate of her latinx community and reform for our public schooling system. She serves as a Literacy Mentor at Alder Elementary through a new collaborative partnership.
Rebekah is a Portland-based creative who has a passion for justice work. She is a graduate from Portland State University with a BA in Graphic Design and is creatively involved in non-profit work on a local and global scale. Her desire is to use the arts to visually communicate people's stories and truths in an impactful way.