Meet Our Student Support Team

Corinna Espino, MSW, Director of Student Support Services, is a California native who graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with her masters degree in Social Work. Her training emphasized community-centered and non-traditional practices. Her formative years are packed with a range of experiences, beginning with service trips to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and India in 2007. From that point, Corinna has been a dedicated ally for youth from all walks of life. This journey has included work with adjudicated youth and youth struggling with mental illness in group homes, high-risk youth in Los Angeles Unified School District, and Roseland Unified School District, as well as legal aid and advocacy for homeless families in Los Angeles. Most recently, Corinna embarked on a trip around the world, visiting Italy, Greece, India, Vietnam and Thailand to do consulting and research projects for various non-profit organizations. Corinna was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years, loves performing, and is an avid sports fan. In her spare time, Corinna enjoys practicing yoga, painting and cooking international cuisines.
Email:    PH: (510)374-9449

College Prep Coordinator

Akwasi Abrefah is the College preparation coordinator at the Center. He also teaches steelpan at the Center, and performs and teaches in the Bay, as well as around the world. He was born in Oakland, CA and raised in Richland, WA where, at the age of 9, he started playing steelpan. Through middle school and high school, he traveled around the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. playing with bands OK 2 Botay and Bram Bratá before continuing with Cardinal Calypso in college at Stanford University where he also graduated with a B.S. in Earth Systems. Akwasi wears many hats lecturing at Stanford University, teaching elementary school music in Richmond, holding private lessons, and apprenticing as a steelpan builder.