Chelsea Balderrama is Step Up's teen programs coordinator. In this role, Chelsea supports the execution of the organization's mentorship programs for high school girls and those who identify with girlhood.
Chelsea values education, equity, and inclusion and hopes to help create a positive impact in the lives of others.
Chelsea completed graduate school at California State University, Los Angeles with a master's degree in social work and undergraduate school at San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in social work and minor in psychology. Chelsea has worked with youth for a majority of her career, spending time in higher education, with after-school nonprofits, and as a school counselor.
Through this work, she learned the importance of access and inclusion, as well as the value in community voices and storytelling. Chelsea hopes to support, share knowledge with, and give space to all who come through Step Up. In their free time, Chelsea enjoys reading, discussing critical race theory, and finding the best coffee shop in LA.
Get to Know Chelsea
What has your mentor taught you?
My former supervisor Alejandra Cortez has taught me to value myself and my abilities. She has given me the space to be able to see my worth, what I can provide, and the importance of my experiences. Mentorship supports my work because it shows me how important being there for someone can be and how important being supported is for personal and professional growth.
Which Step Up value resonates the most with you?
Equity. I truly value creating and maintaining spaces that provide equitable access and services to all. In my personal and professional life, I strive to educate myself and advocate for equitable justice.
What do you enjoy most about working at Step Up?
I enjoy being surround by people who share the same values as me, and who want to open up doors for future generations of young people to thrive.