Kidworks (Santa Ana, CA)
For Biola alumna Gabriela Cova, the math tutoring she received as a student at the Santa Ana-based nonprofit, KidWorks, played an important role in her future college success. Now, Cova is investing her life back into the organization, hoping to make a difference in the lives of other young people. “Just the idea that you can invest in somebody's life and shape them as a teacher is like such a powerful thing,” said Cova. KidWorks, which was founded in 1993 by Biola graduate Larry Acosta (’83, M.Div. ’88), offers a variety of programs aimed at educating and building the character of young people in challenged Santa Ana neighborhoods.