Meet the Bounce Back Team

Director of Programs

Tova Hairston

As a longtime advocate for teens, I am thrilled to lead Bounce Back, Boomerang’s after school program, as Program Director!  I think that brave out-of-school spaces are critical for adolescents to build the skills, resilience and connections they need to dream their wildest dreams, and to begin the work to realize those dreams.  The trajectory of my own life has been deeply and positively impacted by high quality, grassroots community-based programs during my formative adolescent years, and am honored to be a part of that important, transformational work in service to teens here in Orange County.

To learn more about Tova, and how to contact her, click here.

Site Director

Safiyyah Elahi

I am excited to be in the Site Director Position. I enjoy being able to provide support and resources to Boomerang’s staff that benefit both students and staffAdditionally, I’m looking forward to collaborating with staff to provide successful strides for our students.  

To learn more about Safiyyah, and how to contact them, click here.

Family and Community Engagement Coordinator

Kes Sarmiento-Fitzgerald

It is a great honor to work as a full-time staff member for Boomerang Youth. I love engaging with our students and getting to know their families. One of my greatest joys is being able to bring people together to create positive experiences and change. As someone with a deep love for my community and a background in branding and marketing, I am excited to be the new Family and Community Engagement Coordinator.

To learn more about Kes, and how to contact her, click here.

Student and Administrative Coordinator

Aysha Castro

aysha.castro@boomerangyouth.org

I am a mom of two small boys originally from FL. While visiting a friend in NC, I fell in love with the state and BOOM, my life changed. I convinced my family that I want to raise my kids here and that is exactly what we are doing. I recently have been given the chance to pursue one of the carriers I wanted growing up and it has been exciting. I am working towards my teaching degree and license. Within Boomerang Youth I look forward to learning and experiencing a different side of mentoring/teaching that you don’t learn from books and exams. My hope is to bring a different prospective to teaching into schools and encourage students to pursue their goals no matter what. I also hope to be great mentor in this program.

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