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An interview with Diana Carrillo, Regional Manager in Los Angeles

Meet one of our Regional Managers in Los Angeles, Diana Carrillo. Get to know why she’s passionate about working with our youth below!

Where are you from and how did you end up at arc?

I was born and raised and South Los Angeles and attended public schools my whole life. When I found out about arc I was going through a very difficult time in my life where I was recovering from injuries caused in a car accident. I was looking for a part time job that would help me ease back into being my normal self. Never in a million years did I think that arc would have the impact that it has had in my life. I was able to work with a variety of students that continuously encouraged me to be better than I was the day before. arc motivated me to be better not only for myself but for our youth.

What do you do at arc?

I am a Regional Manager for K-12 after school programs. In a nutshell, my job is to develop leaders for our programs. By creating leaders, we create a program that is full of new opportunities to develop our youth. We provide a safe and fun learning environment for our students. I ensure that we meet compliance while still delivering amazing after school programming.

What do you love most about working with youth?

What I love most about working with youth is the world full of possibilities. Working with youth has taught me to reach for stars. They remind you that no matter how many times you fall, you have to keep getting up and trying. No matter how rough a day may be, youth will always help you see the brighter side. Not only do our youth need us, but we also need them. They remind you to stay strong because you are their mentor. There is never a dull day with our students and I would not want it any other way.

“There is never a dull day with our students and I would not want it any other way.”

What has been one of your most inspiring, coolest, or fulfilling moments while working for arc?

The most inspiring and fulfilling moment while working with arc for me was to see one of my students reach their potential. She was struggling with school due to having a lot of problems at home. The family no longer knew how to help her so they reached out to me. I had built a good relationship with this student over the years and decided that I would step in and try to see how we could help after school. When I shared what my goals were in life for myself and my students she opened up and shared why she was making bad choices. We were able to get her help and that led to her being motivated again. She began checking in and helping me with everyday tasks. That then trickled down to her school work. She knew we were there for anything she needed. Things at home improved as well. One day the mother showed up to program with food for all of the staff and a touching thank you card. She let us know that we had made such a difference in their life and that her daughter had hugged her. Seeing how happy her mother over a hug made me realize that we do make a difference, whether we see it or not.

What do you love most about working at arc?

What I love most about working with arc is the people. arc to me is family. We are all always here for each other in the good and the bad times. arc challenges me to be better than I was yesterday.


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