Program Coordinator – Program 18
Kylia Lewis is proud and honored to be a part of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles team. In 2014, Kylia worked with Program 18 by running a girls group that followed the Girls On The Run curriculum, which encourages girls to feel empowered and courageous. Previously, she worked with the mentoring program M.E.S.A., which focuses on using STEM to help the students progress. Kylia is originally from Seattle, Washington and recently relocated to the Los Angeles area. IHADLA has helped her connect with the diverse communities within LA. Working toward her associate’s degree, she currently attends Santa Monica City College and is enrolled in her second year. She loves working with children, and she hopes to earn her Master of Social Work degree so that she can reach a higher population of children to show them their full potential. Kylia admires the work that IHADLA does, loves seeing the gradual change in the Dreamers over time, and enjoys seeing the impact that IHADLA has in their lives.
Program Assistant – Program 18
Grace Ocular earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She has an extensive research background in narrative conversations and child language development. Grace is currently a Research Laboratory Coordinator and has been a Research Assistant at Dr. Kimberly Kelly’s Child Language Interactions and Memory lab at CSULB since 2015. Grace also works one-on-one with underprivileged youth as a mentor for Power4Youth in Long Beach, where she provides academic and social support to her mentee. Grace truly enjoys engaging with the youth, which is why she is honored to be part of the IHADLA team. She is absolutely thrilled she has the opportunity to cultivate her passion for education by supporting the Dreamers and encouraging them to achieve their dreams and goals. Grace is truly proud to be part of a program dedicated to making an impact in students’ lives.