Kareem Gongora is a graduate of Fontana Unified, first generation college student, and parent to two Fontana Unified students. He attended Sequoia Middle School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and A.B. Miller High School in 2001. Upon graduation in 2005, Gongora would go on to attend Concordia University Irvine and enter the Intercultural Scholar Leadership program, designed to cultivate diverse leaders.
Gongora transferred to University of California, Riverside, in 2007 and received a Bachelors of Arts in English by December 2009. Throughout college, Gongora’s dedication to improve education led to his involvement in providing supplemental instruction to underperforming schools in Compton, Colton, and Granada Hills as Kaplan K-12 instructor. Gongora received employment at the City of Fontana in 2008, focusing his skills and talents into serving the community. He became a Site Supervisor at local Fontana middle school from 2008-2009 and served as the Mayor’s Youth Council Advisor. On February 28, 2009, he organized a grassroots charity event in remembrance of three local boys who died tragically. The event was held at Wayne Ruble Middle School and raised funds to help the families affected.
Gongora would later work for a local non-profit within Ontario-Montclair Unified at a struggling and underperforming school. Along the new administration, he worked to increase program attendance and create programs catered to the cultural demographic. In 2011, he opened a new after-school program within the Rialto Unified School District and while at Rialto Unified, he organized an intramural sports program, created new partnerships, and implemented programs focused on improving API scores. Gongora would put together events to support San Bernardino County’s Homeless Partnership entitled “Hoops4Homeless”. He eventually pursued being a marketing supervisor for a private business located in El Monte, CA.
He would return to working with the community through his employment at Riverside County as a program manager and helping families in poverty reach self-sufficiency. He is also currently pursuing his Masters in Management at University of Redlands, with an expected graduation date of Feb 2015.