Fatima Ramirez is 18 years old, and is currently a senior at Olive Crest Academy in the heart of Coachella. She will graduate in the Spring of 2013. Being passionate about journalism early on, she plans to further her education, and study it in college. She joined Coachella Unincorporated as a youth reporter, to get some hands on experience in her community, and use it to build on for the future. "Having this experience has been great, exciting, and extremely memorable." After college, she hopes to be a working journalist, "I hope that one day, I'll be in a job where everyone is as great as Coachella Unincorporated."
Johnny Flores is will be a Junior at Xavier College Preparatory HighSchool in Palm Desert, CA. Johnny will be graduating from high school in 2015 and pursuing higher education. He plans on obtaining a Master of Fine Arts with a focus oncreative writing. He joined Coachella Unincorporated in hopes of improving his writing skills and becoming more active in the city he calls home. “Coachella Unincorporated has benefited me and many ways and has provided numerous opportunities. Being withCoachella Unincorporated for the past year has been exciting, memorable and fun.”
Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Ivan Delgado graduated from Coachella Valley High School in 2010 without any solid plans for the future. He is now 20 years old, majoring in communications at College of the Desert. He is a staff reporter and website editor for the campus newspaper, The Chaparral
. He feels his career in journalism is only just beginning. “I really love what I have experienced so far, and hopefully in a few years my resume will be a little thicker,” he says. Ivan joined Coachella Unincorporated
to gain experience and knowledge that will be valuable for him as a professional journalist, saying “I get the opportunity to not only have my voice be heard, but also voice the issues and stories that make up my hometown.”
Aurora Saldivar is a student at College of the Desert. At school, she plans on studying philosophy, and aspires to find a career involving some level of social activism. In her spare time, Aurora can most likely be found nursing her caffeine dependency, while pursuing an enthused appetite for the history and literature of Middle Eastern and Latin American cultures. By joining Coachella Unincorporated, she hopes to understand more fully the needs and identity of her local community, along with learning about the journalistic field and improving her writing skills. Her interest in community involvement is based on the idea that sharing a collaborative of articulated perspectives is a tool to building stronger, and sustainable communities.
Tony Aguilar is a political science major at College of The Desert in Palm Desert, CA. Tony was born and raised in Thermal, an unincorporated community of Riverside County. Tony is secretary for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, a state-wide shared governance body that addresses issues affecting Community College students. Tony plans to transfer to a four-year university and major in political science and minor in journalism. In his free time, Tony enjoys watching bloomberg and indie shorts.
Brenda Rosales Rincon
Brenda Rosales Rincon is the co-coordinator of Coachella Unincorporated, New America Media’s youth-led media startup in the Eastern Coachella Valley.
Brenda has over 15 years of diverse professional experience. She has spent the majority of her career creating and executing comprehensive marketing/public relations plans for a variety of organizations throughout Southern California.
Brenda has written for numerous publications over the years, including The Desert Sun, a Gannett daily based in Palm Springs. Her short stories have been published in the “Chicken Soup” series of books.
Brenda majored in Print Journalism at the University of Southern California.