Ana Taukolo

Program Engagement Coordinator


Ana Taukolo is a graduate of California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural and Gender Studies with an emphasis on Diversity. She spent four years at CSU Chico and coordinated monthly programs for a youth empowerment program called, Pipeline through College. Throughout Ana’s experiences with Pipeline, she was able to mentor students of color and marginalized groups, facilitate diverse conversations, empower students to dream big, and change the dynamics of a pipeline to prison, creating opportunities for a pipeline to, and of course through, college.

She is passionate about youth empowerment and working with communities of color and marginalized groups to create systemic change through personal experiences with oppression. Ana specializes in creating programs that focus on youth empowerment and mentor-ship for young individuals who grow up in areas of poverty encouraging them to look beyond their barriers as underrepresented students and to stop the per-determination and biases that keep them from being powerful beyond measures.

What high school did you attend and in what city?

Encina Preparatory High School Sacramento, CA

What song motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning?

Lovely Day by Bill Withers

What after school programs, or activities did you participate in while in high school?

I participated in the Yearbook – during which I took photos of school events, sports, and interviewed students. I also served as Junior Class Secretary and Senior Class President. Finally, I was in Youth @ City Council and in PRO as a mentor at Greer Elementary (where I worked alongside one of MY first mentors – Sergio Corona – a PRO Program Coordinator).

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

  • Passionate
  • Hopeful
  • Energetic

Who are your favorite people, groups, or organizations to follow on social media?

  • PRO Youth & Families :)
  • Any type of foodie gurus
  • Positive & motivational gurus

Please define what it means to you to be a HOPE dealer.

Being a Hope Dealer means understanding your individual power to make a positive difference in the world and spreading that knowledge to others in the hopes of empowering, uplifting, and motivating their voices.