Plans for 2021

Going into 2021 was unlike any year before. We weren’t able to gather for big celebrations and resolutions, goals, intentions (whatever you want to call them) were different than ever as well. These plans for the year to come had to still account for the precautions and safety measures of the pandemic.

However, looking ahead and working to see how we can be better is a part of who we are at Para Los Ninos. Organizationally we set goals each year, but as a team we are a goal oriented group – all working to help children, youth, and families in Los Angeles have the best opportunities for success.

The PLN Post reached out to several employees across all departments to see how they plan to grow in the New Year and what they’d like to leave behind. Here are their responses:

Jesse Balderas, Teacher, Charter Middle School

What is one goal you are excited to accomplish in your professional role for 2021?

I am excited to expand and continue to learn best teaching practices and ways to engage and support our students both academically and socio-emotionally through distance learning. I also just recently finished my administrative education credential which I hope to eventually use in the future.

What is something you are glad to leave in 2020?

A light at the end of the tunnel for COVID-19. I am looking forward to the vaccine rollout and the ability to be able possibly to see my friends, family, co-workers, and students when this is all over.

What's your resolution for 2021?

I keep telling myself that I will try to exercise more but sometimes that is easier said than done. I will try harder with this, this coming year. I will make sure that this year I am taking more time for self-care, especially during this pandemic.

Evelyn Freely, Human Resources Specialist

What is one goal you are excited to accomplish in your professional role for 2021?

Learning more about our HR systems such as Paycom and Cornerstone.

What is something you are glad to leave in 2020?

Self – Doubt!

Do you have a 2021 resolution?

I do not make New Year’s resolutions, they are too hard to stick too.

Fernando DelGadillo, Program Supervisor, Afterschool

What is one goal you are excited to accomplish in your professional role for 2021?

For me it's all the negative feelings and emotions that came with 2020. I consider myself someone who can adapted to uncertain/unstable situations but 2020 was something special. I can't say that the mindset of 2020 is completely gone however, starting a new year always feels like a new beginning, like I hit the reset button.

What is your resolution for 2021?

My new year's resolution this year to really make the best of the time spent with family and friends. Last year was tough, especially with the pandemic. Unfortunately, I lost a couple of people close to me. I was reminded that tomorrow is not guaranteed so it's important to appreciate and make the best of the time we spend with family and friends now.

Christina Cantero, B.A., CFLE-P., Career Advisor, Youth Workforce Services

What is one goal you are excited to accomplish in your professional role for 2021?

I am excited to complete an Accounting Certification and an M.A. degree in Organizational Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University this year!!

What is something you are glad to leave in 2020?

I am happy that zoom meetings have done away with the "Couldn't find a ride?" excuse our YWS youth used for missing appointments. Good riddance commuting!

What is your resolution for 2021?

To start a Finance Coaching business via social media platforms.