Susan Armenta grew up in the Midwest and went to college at
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Susan continued her
education at both San Diego State University and National
University where she is close to completing her Masters
Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is the mother of five
grown children and remarkably the grandmother of a
twelve-year-old. Susan receives support from her husband who
is a teacher working with teens on probation. They spend a lot
time sharing ideas for the students and the classroom.
Susan spent a good deal of 1999-2000 working with the San
Diego community on the Young Adult Homeless Outreach
Committee (YAHO) in preparation for the new Monarch High
School. The new school serves as a national prototype for
homeless youth. Susan stressed that the new Monarch
brought together essentially all the agencies serving homeless
youth in San Diego. A business alliance program provides the
students with on-the-job training. Profits from this business
alliance will in turn provide scholarships.
When partnered with our mentoring program this community
design will be a one-stop shop for kids!