Listening to him speak with poise and passion in front of a crowd of 50+ people at the 75th Anniversary Book Signing Event, you would never suspect the struggles he has had to overcome. Raised in what he describes as the “ghetto” without a father figure, it’s hard to have hope. It is hard to imagine you can achieve your dreams. But he walked through the doors of the William J. Oakes Branch and his life changed.
Oakes Branch member Issac Guerrero says, “Coming from a ghetto environment, my guardian wanted me to come to the Club to help guide me. When I first came, I didn’t expect to learn so much, have fun and see so many things like a pool, a gym and a soccer arena. Things I never got to experience in my life before.”
He credits Branch Manager Ricardo Sandoval with helping him develop into a leader at the Club. “I never had a father figure until I met Ricardo. It’s a great bond and I have learned the meaning of family. It’s not about flesh, blood or DNA, but it’s about having loving people in your life that care about you.”
The Club has presented him with many opportunities, like when he was selected to travel to the BGCA Keystone Club National Conference in Orlando last March. It was his first-ever trip outside of California. He strengthened his leadership skills and is now putting those into practice daily at the Club.
Isaac has a love for superheroes and comic books. He plans to turn his passion into his life’s work. Issac says, “After graduating from NYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Art and Business, I will start my own comic book company."