JCYC Education Programs - Administration

Emalyn Lapus

Director of JCYC Education Programs

In September 2012, Emalyn Lapus was promoted to the position of JCYC Director of Education Programs. In this role, she currently manages all 5 federal funded programs of JCYC composed of 2 Educational Talent Search (ETS), 2 Upward Bound (UB) and 1 SF College Access Center/Cal-SOAP program. She received her Bachelor's from UC Berkeley and Master's degree from San Francisco State University.

During her tenure, JCYC's educational component expanded from 1 to 5 pre-college outreach programs that have the common goal to increase the number of low-income youth to graduate from high school, and enroll in college. She has reviewed U.S. Department of Education grants and served on committees related to higher education.

Recently, the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel honored her with "It's Tough to be a Director Award" in recognition of her dedication in the field of educational equity and access. In 2012, she received the 2012 Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Asian Pacific Heritage Foundation.

Currently, she is a board member for HealthRight360, an organization that provided primary medical and integrated health care to individuals throughout the state with diverse healthcare needs and limited resources.

Alyssa Rowatt

Associate Director, JCYC Upward Bound

Alyssa has worked for JCYC in a variety of capacities over the past several years. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University, she served as Educational Advisor for AACE Talent Search. More recently, after spending a year teaching English in Spain, she returned to JCYC as Program Coordinator for the SF STEM Academy, where she helped successfully start and run the program for it’s first two years. Her passion for working with youth has been a consistent theme throughout her educational and professional career and she is excited to continue serving the youth of San Francisco as Associate Director for JCYC Upward Bound.

Kimberly Gongora

Program coordinator, JCYC Upward Bound

​Kimberly graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. At SF State, she served as Teaching Assistant and Psychology peer mentor where she provided one on one advising to students pursuing a major in Psychology to ensure they successfully completed their major requirements. As an Upward Bound Alumni, Kimberly has had first hands experience with the educational services provided by the program. She was a participant of the program during her time at Galileo High School. Her experiences led her to grow a passion toward helping students succeed in school.

As she transitions from her former position as Office Assistant at Upward Bound, she hopes to continue her work in educational services and is excited to collaborate with the JCYC team to accomplish one common goal: empowering youth.

andrea pilapil

office assistant


briana malone

office assistant


Gina Gutierrez

Associate Director, JCYC Educational Talent Search

Gina Aragon grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District. She attended John O’ Connell High School of Technology and then went on to San Francisco State University where she received her BA in Psychology in 2011. 

While at SFSU, she started working at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School as an advisor with the San Francisco College Access Center and found her passion to work with youth and empower them to higher their education. Gina also had served in the position of Educational Advisor for Educational Talent Search at Balboa High School. 

Gina embodies what JCYC is all about having previously also been a youth participant in the programs which she now manages. Currently she is the Associate Director for two of the JCYC College Access Programs: Educational Talent Search SF/Daly City and the San Francisco College Access Center..

Tyla brown

Associate director, jcyc san francisco college access center

​Tyla Brown joined the San Francisco College Access Center while completing her degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. While at San Francisco State, much of her academic research focused on urban poverty policy and education. Upon graduating, she continued her tenure on the team as Senior Educational Advisor, working with students at Thurgood Marshall and Philip and Sala Burton HS. She developed a passion for working with students, and putting her academic research into practice.
Tyla hopes to continue advocating social opportunity and educational access for historically oppressed communities. She is excited to support staff who have essential roles in fostering educational access and opportunity.

Calvin Lin

Database Manager

Calvin Lin is the Database Manager of SFCAC. His expertise is in Database, Microsoft Access, and Technical support for the nonprofit agency. In the past 4 years, he focused on the database administration for ETS San Francisco and Daly City also San Francisco College Access Center. He's provided statistical data to all high school and middle school advisors. He has also helped prepare the Annual Performance Report for SFCAC.

Calvin Lin has a Bachelor of Science Computer Information System from San Francisco State University.

megan phang

program assistant, jcyc educational talent search & san francisco college access center

Megan recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

She has always been a strong advocate for social justice and anti-oppression. During her undergraduate years, she got involved in many opportunities that allowed her to work with low-income and first generation youth. She then wished to pursue the field of education as her career path, which has led her to JCYC College Access. As Program Assistant, Megan hopes to gain valuable experience in the nonprofit world and continue to learn more about the different ways to aid under-served youth in obtaining higher education.

linda her

office assistant