Education Pioneers

Antonio Plascencia

Antonio Plascencia

Education: MPP Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
Fellowship Placement: Green Dot Public Schools
2008 Los Angeles Cohort

Antonio Plascencia joined Education Pioneers' 2008 Los Angeles cohort where he worked for Green Dot Public Schools on various initiatives related to the California Dream Act. Antonio began his community activism as an undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University by mentoring youth in the Lennox Middle School El Espejo Program. Antonio was also hired by The Harvey Mudd College Upward Bound Program as a literature tutor in 2005 and California public policy instructor in 2006. Upward Bound Programs are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Office. The HMC Upward Bound Program specifically serves first generation Latino/a, Asian-American and African-American high school students from low-income families. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which highly motivated and inspirational participants complete secondary education with the skills to enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Following graduation in 2006, Antonio was hired full time to work as an academic coordinator for the HMC Upward Bound Program. As a coordinator, Antonio provided support and college preparatory workshops for 140 families in five East San Gabriel Valley high schools by: managing six week summer residential sites, structuring the summer residential internship component of the program, coordinated the senior class through college application and financial aid process, among other responsibilities.