Rafael Garnica is a senior at Segerstrom High School where he is the current president of the Robotics Club. Having spent years by his father's side as his trusty assistant under the hood, it should come as no surprise that Rafael aims to study Mechanical Engineering in the near future. By combining his two passions to form Project I.Y.R.E, Rafael strives to provide the youth of his community with the chance to learn about and experience the world of Robotics and Engineering. Whenever he finds the time, Rafael enjoys gaming with his cousins, although he's mostly just there to boost morale.
Riley Yew is a current junior at Los Alamitos High School. She was a part of the Dragon Kim Fellowship program Cohort 5 with her project Cosmetic Chem for Kids which showed underserved youth the side of chemistry that is interesting and applicable to everyday life as well as allowed for an outlet of self expression at home. Overall, Riley truly values helping her community in any way she can. Whenever she has free time, Riley spends it either dancing or learning new hobbies such as guitar, crafting, journaling etc. She loves listening to music, reading books, and creating valuable memories with the people around her.
Fatima Oregon is a student at Cerritos College, passionate about serving the community. As a Chicana student, she shares her love for her culture and roots through the medium of Ballet Folklorico. Putting her Folklorico talents to good use, Fatima was a part of the DKF-5 cohort as a co-founder of Project Sembrando Dahlias; a Mexican-Folk dance program aiming to spread cultural awareness and pride among underrepresented youth. Fatima values her downtime, spending it reading fiction and biographical books, spending time with her wiener dog T-Boe, and discovering new music!
Maelani Nguyen is the current Social Media Intern at DKF! She is a freshman at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in business, marketing. She is also the Co-Founder of the project Producing A Better Future from DKF-4. The project allows others to express themselves and gain confidence through the production of music. As a creative and empathetic individual, Maelani is an active member in her college’s Marketing Society, a club aimed at giving students a little taste of marketing careers. In her free time, Maelani enjoys hanging out with friends and trying new foods.