Analilia Barajas is now in her fourth year of mentoring HOLA high school seniors. Her boundless energy and spirit is so infectious, it’s no wonder that each year the kids clamor to be paired with her. Now mentoring students 8 and 9, Analilia keeps coming back because, in her own words, “[the kids are] constantly challenging me to live my life with integrity.” When she’s not busy at HOLA as a member of the Associate Board, mentoring kids and helping out at events, Analilia is a social worker for Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, an organization whose mission it is to assure that parents receive their substantive and procedural rights and that they are provided legal representation at low or no cost affording them a fair and reasonable opportunity to parent their child.
As if all she does for HOLA would be enough, Analilia is now working with Nancy and Vero, HOLA’s Counselor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Parent and Community Resource Director, to put together a series of parenting workshops that will cover such topics as positive communication, parenting expectations and developmental stages. In her spare time, Analilia loves to visit museums, attend art walks and listening to a wide variety of music, including works by her idol – Gustavo Dudamel.