Alyson De La Rosa,
Intern Coordinator & L.I.F.E/W.H.Y Facilitator
Alyson was born in San Diego, CA, but lived in the Philippines for the first seven years of her life. Before turning eight, she permanently moved back to California to reside with her maternal grandparents. After high school, Alyson attended University of California, Berkeley. She earned her bachelor’s in Social Welfare with double minors in Education and South/Southeast Asian Studies. During undergraduate school, Alyson volunteered as a Youth Mentor at the Galing Bata bi-lingual after-school program in San Francisco, CA. She worked primarily with newly arrived immigrant students needing support as they transition into the American culture, education system and lifestyle.
After graduating from undergraduate study, Alyson moved back to San Diego and began working at San Diego State University Upward Bound Program. She advised and mentored first-generation, low-income high school students with the social, academic, financial and emotional challenges of college life. After two years of work experience, Alyson began to pursue her graduate studies. She earned her Masters of Social Work at San Diego State University and received her Pupil Personnel Services Credential. During her time at SDSU, she interned at Vista Hill Incredible Families and Chula Vista Elementary School District. Both field placements assisted with the opportunity to work with children and families, provide social and emotional support, and create strong therapeutic relationships.
Alyson is thrilled to be a part of Mending Matters, where she can continue being a lifelong learner, while engaging with students through support and empowerment.
Outside of work, Alyson enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching/playing sports and going to Disneyland.