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Merita Kaulave, Beacon Director

mkaulave@bacr.org

Hi, my name is Merita Kaulave, I am Samoan, born in American Samoa. I left Samoa at the age of 4 and moved to Honolulu, Oahu where I lived there till I was 9. I moved to San Francisco and grew up in the Bayview District and have been here for over 30+ years now. I attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and right out of high school I started a family and didn’t work for 5 years. I was offered an opportunity to work with families at Bay Area Resource in the Bayview as a Family Engagement Coordinator for 3 years. I volunteered at my children’s school for 4 years and I was offered a job at the Beacon Program by a good friend since I was already working with kids. I worked with the Beacon Program for 5 years, unfortunately the funding ended. Therefore I was blessed to have been offered a job at Bay Area Community Resource an after school program by another good friend. I have been working at Bret Harte 19 years as a Program Leader and then promoted to Site Coordinator for 3 years. I am proud to say that I have been with this wonderful organization for 20+ years now and still going strong. What inspired me to keep going strong in this line of work are the children & families. Someone was there for me, I am definitely paying it forward!

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1035 Gilman Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94124
Neighborhood: Bayview
Phone: 415-330-1520
Fax: 415-330-1555
School Loop: bhes-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com