Meet Our Staff

Petrona Garcia (she/they), High School Program Coordinator

Petrona first got involved with Kid City in 2016 as a high school junior in the College Bridge Program! In her time since then, she has been part of the Kid City community as a student, intern, coordinator, volunteer, and more. Outside of Kid City, she attended UC Santa Barbara (c/o 2022) where she received a dual degree in Sociology and Gender Studies. With her education and lived experienced as a first-gen, indigenous student, they strive to be a resource for Kid City's high school students! For fun, catch them sightseeing and appreciating nature!

Sara Cruz (she/they), College Program Coordinator

Sara Cruz (she/they) is a first-generation differently-abled student graduated this June from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies. Sara’s career interests lie in academic counseling and administration in higher education. She is passionate about supporting and empowering students who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds to navigate higher education. Sara first learned about Kid City Hope Place via her great friend, mentor, and dedicated Kid City Volunteer, Herley Jim Bowling. She is excited and honored to be working at Kid City with passionate and like-minded people. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing mindfulness meditation and painting.

 

Matthew Proft (he/him), Music Program Coordinator 

Matthew Proft joined Kid City in March of 2022 shortly after graduating from Azusa Pacific University with his Bachelor’s of Commercial Music Composition. As a musician, Matthew aspires to teach his students the joy of playing music with others and encourages them to explore multiple aspects of music-making. When he’s not teaching, Matthew is a composer for film and a freelance musician on bass and tuba. Matthew is committed to providing a safe space for students to explore music and be part of a loving community.

Alvaro Cuellar (he/him), Assistant Music Program Coordinator

Alvaro got involved with Kid City in 2015 in his senior year of high school when he was first applying for colleges, universities, and financial aid. He was accepted to Cal State Northridge and as a first generation college student he graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Studies. Alvaro always had an appreciation for music since learning guitar in middle school. He has been involved in the music industry both in retail with music equipment and playing live. Access to resources and a community was something that Alvaro grew to value and being able to give back in the same way mentors have done for him is something he hopes to share with everyone.

Sabrina Rufino (she/her), Health & Wellness Coach

Sabrina is a student at USC Suzanne Dwork-Peck School of Social Work. Sabrina will complete her internship at Kid City for the rest of the '21-'22 academic year and into the first semester of 22'-23' year!

"Hi my name is Sabrina! I am from Los Angeles. I attended San Francisco State University for undergrad and received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. I am now in the MSW program at USC. What draws me to pursue social work is that it is a growing and changing field, it is versatile and offers many opportunities. I have always wanted to help others and my community so I decided to pursue an MSW. I look forward to meeting and learning from all of you!"

Kim Fabian (she/her), Program Manager

Kim Fabian joined Kid City way back in 2015! Her friends told her about the program and as a first-gen, low-income, student of color, she jumped at the opportunity of joining the KC community. As a student, intern, volunteer, and more, she found her love for education equity as she took agency over her learning within Kid City walls. She went on to receive a B.A. from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2021 where she had the opportunity to explore education as a researcher, policy advocate, instructor, programmer, and more. A year after graduating, she decided to bring back her love and expertise to the place that started it all! She's thrilled to be a position where she can embody Kid City values and help students navigate the complicated education system. 

Whenever outside of Kid City, you can always catch her eating new food, traveling, or enjoying a good live show.

Anne Hawthorne (she/her), Urban Foundation Executive Director

Anne Hawthorne was the founding program director of Kid City, and in 2013 assumed the position of executive director of the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation. She has a background in youth development and leadership, with a BA from Pacific Oaks College, and an MFA from Antioch University. Anne likes a strong cup of coffee in the morning, and has been entertained during the pandemic by two cats who like to bring June bugs into many a zoom meeting.