Our Team

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Sheila Grantham

Founder, Director

In 2015, Ms. Sheila G. completed her last round of chemotherapy while teaching in the Imperial Courts, a public housing project in Watts, California. One of her preschool children spoke to her about the dangers of living in the projects. He was not allowed to go outside on weekends due to violence and drug-abuse in his neighborhood. This inspired Sheila to found Adventures to Dreams Enrichment and empower marginalized youth by engaging them in hands-on enrichment. Sheila is a two-time cancer survivor with over 20 years of experience in education. Over the course of her career, she has been an early childhood educator, and preschool owner and director. Her mission is to positively impact children through AtDE, by providing gardening, science, and art activities in a safe, fun learning environment.

“I truly believe that youth need to be enriched through education, cultural diversity and mentorship experiences. These are essential to their growth, development and reaching their full potential in life. Adventures to Dreams makes a positive difference in the lives of the youth we serve!”
Motto: “When you listen, you learn!”

Christian Solorzano

Photographer

Christian Solorzano is a California State University, Long Beach student, expecting to graduate 2021. Being a major in photography, he enjoys photographing the world every day and viewing things through different perspectives. Mistakes are his treasure because he believes process is more important than outcome.

“Adventures to Dreams has helped me grow both socially and systematically. This program is extraordinary in a way that allows children ages 4-13 to touch upon things that will never be taught in school settings and in turn flourish their curiosities. From gardening to cooking, to science experiments and other mind-enriching activities; I am glad to be a part of this fast-growing organization and overall in pleasure to be framing unique moments during our adventures.”

Vivianna Goh

Assistant Director

Vivianna Goh is a Social Ecology PhD student at University of California, Irvine, and plans to pursue a career in public policy and urban planning. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Food Administration from CSULB. Vivianna helps direct volunteers, organize activities, and assist Ms. Sheila in program operations.

“The kids love growing and eating their own food, interacting with each other, and learning about art and science. Adventures to Dreams encourages everyone to dream big, even the families and volunteers! I love this program because everyone involved gets to learn from each other.”

LT (La Tisha) Clayton

Program Assistant

L.T. is Sheila’s daughter. She is a Content Creator specializing in producing promotional videos, documentaries and project management for clients worldwide. She has a Sociology degree from Sacramento State University and a Film Production degree from Sacramento City College. As a result of her Mom’s positive influence – strong emphasis on education, exposure to diverse cultures and travel throughout childhood – she has a deep appreciation for learning, has traveled to various parts of the world and loves connecting with people from diverse backgrounds.

“My Mom has been a firm education advocate all my life. She believes it is the only way an individual stands a chance at reaching their potential. She also believes in exposing children to different cultures and environments so they can develop a well rounded view of our world and not be limited by a single view or experience – this is exactly her aim in developing Adventures to Dreams. My Mom is amazing! I am thankful for her love and sacrifice in raising me! She is a blessing in the life of everyone exposed to her good will.”

Katherine Hernandez-Garcia

Marketing Assistant/ Administrative Assistant

Katherine graduated from California State University Long Beach in May 2020 with a BA in Communications and Minor in Public Relations. She loves to help her community by volunteering for organizations she feels passionate towards. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and loves that she can connect with both communities. She assists in translating and designing flyers, social media content, and assists with administrative duties.

“I love to see organizations provide services to help the community. It brings me joy to know that Adventures to Dreams Enrichment provides a safe and fun space for children to come have fun, learn STEM activities, go on field trips and learn to grow fruits and veggies in our garden.

Me encanta ver organizaciones que brindan servicios para ayudar a la comunidad. Me alegra saber que Adventures to Dreams Enrichment brinda un espacio seguro y divertido para que los niños se diviertan, aprendan actividades STEM, realicen excursiones y aprendan a cultivar frutas y verduras en nuestro jardín.”

Ranani Ferguson

Marketing Assistant

Ranani graduated from CSULB in December 2021. She majored in Linguistics and minored in ASL. It is her personal goal to better the lives of children and people of color, in any way she can. She is very passionate about mindfulness and has an organization named Melanin Mindfulness 8 that promotes mental health.

“Adventures to Dreams Enrichment knits a web of possibilities for children. The organization gives them the ability to explore life beyond what they know and into infinite opportunities.”

James Leung

Garden Lead

Bio coming soon!

Angel Lopez

Garden Assistant

Angel joined Adventures to Dreams Enrichment in 2021 as an intern through Pacific Gateway, a public agency that offers career services and employment opportunities to youth ages 14-24. In 2022, Angel was hired as our Garden Assistant. He helps our garden flourish and is a wonderful mentor to our Adventure Kids.

"Adventures to Dreams has really provided me so much knowledge and wisdom that I will always carry around with me. I am very blessed and thankful to be working in a place that gives so much to the kids in the community. It also teaches and allows kids to be creative and not to be afraid to come out of their comfort zones, and also providing them with skills that they wouldn't normally be taught in school like gardening. Overall Adventures to Dreams is an extraordinary program and I wouldn't want to be working anywhere else."