Meet Our Staff

Arianna Martinez, High School Program Coordinator

Arianna first got involved with Kid City through UCLA BruinCorps in Summer 2019, and joined Kid City’s staff in August 2021. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she double majored in Political Science and Chicanx Studies, and minored in Education. Uniquely, as a first-generation Chicanx college graduate, she strives to empower her communities through educational non-profits. Outside of Kid City, Arianna enjoys writing poetry and painting. Arianna is filled with gratitude to be a part of a student’s higher education journey.

Sara Cruz, College Program Coordinator

Sara Cruz (she/they) is a first-generation differently-abled student who will graduate 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, 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, 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, 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-'21 academic year and into the first semester of 22'-22' 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!"

Janice Buenrosto, Communications Coordinator

Janice first joined the Kid City community during her junior year of high school. She joined Kid City for their events and most importantly, their college bridge program. After graduating high school, Janice attended Cal State LA, where she majored in Communications/Public Relations and minored in Marketing. As a first generation graduate, she is excited to be back at Kid City doing what she's always wanted - communications efforts for a non-profit in her community! Janice is overjoyed to be a part of Kid City's mission to guide students to higher education! In Janice's free time she likes to surf, hang out at the beach, and watch scary movies.

Colin Deas, Tech Consultant

A multi-instrumentalist and producer, Colin is Kid City’s former Music Program Coordinator and currently serves as a Tech Consultant while on tour as a full-time musician. He has a degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been performing since the age of 5. Colin believes in building community through music, in the accessibility of the arts, and in fostering an environment for artistic inspiration and growth. In his spare time, Colin leads Dungeons & Dragons adventures, walks his dog Rose, and plays with synthesizers.

Anne Hawthorne, 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.