Why I GO
"Every student should be given the opportunity to learn, schools should be safe places for students to learn and grow. GO creates space for all stakeholders to have input in advocating for a system where all youth can grow and thrive."
Yammilette Rodriguez

Yammilette Rodriguez

Leadership Council

Yammilette “Yami” Rodriguez originally from Redwood City, California moved to the to the Dinuba in 1988. She graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration, Marketing from CSU, Fresno and has her Masters Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University and a Credential from Fuller Theological Seminary in Urban Youth work. She is the Senior Director for Youth Leadership Institute in the Central Valley and has been with YLI for eight years.

Yami has received many recognitions in the past including being selected one of the Top Ten Business/Professional Woman of the Year in 2008 and Assemblymember Henry Perea’s Hispanic Leader of the Year in 2012. Yami has received a visionary award and statewide recognition from The California Friday Night Live Partnership for her work in youth development in 2013. Recently in 2016 she was given the “Women Inspiring Girls Award” by Girl Scouts of Central California South. Yami currently serves on the Statewide Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Board.

Yami and her husband Jaime Rodriguez are volunteer Senior Pastors of United Faith Christian Fellowship (UFCF) in Southeast Fresno where she leads the youth and young adults in advocacy work in their church neighborhood. They have a six year old beautiful girl, named Lizette and a baby, Juliette.

The members of our Leadership Council are Oakland natives, residents, parents, grandparents, former teachers, principals, and alumni of Oakland public schools. Our leaders have deep connections to Oakland and strong backgrounds in education. The Leadership Council supports and guides our work in the best interest of Oakland students.



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