Meet The Mentors
Antonio Walker graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Communication. He started Walkmanz Production in 1996. Antonio’s knowledge and understanding of the community and the need for outreach programs to help develop and guide the youth and young adults inspired Antonio to build a culture of trust, goal setting and teaching that dreams can be accomplished with hard work and determination. As Walkmanz grew and took Antonio into communities, he recognized the role he could play in helping to develop communities and their youth. Into The Light Mentoring was born. Antonio has been with the County of Santa Clara Probation Department for over twenty years. He is an active Executive Board Member of the San Jose NAACP. Over the past 10 years Antonio has helped lead and develop an annual coat drive which has distributed over 600 coats each year to those in need. Antonio works closely with youth sports in coaching and team development. He is dedicated to enhancing skills and keeping the youth interested in their education while they develop life skills. Antonio's model is "Just get it done!" He believes if you start something you should continue to make it happen until you finish. Antonio’s primary focus for youth are health and wellness, education, employment, personal development and family values. Antonio has dedicated his life to participating in the community, and coaching and mentoring the youth.
Mr. Daniel Degu is a native of the Bay Area growing up in San Jose and is the son of immigrants from Gondar, Ethiopia. Mr. Degu has gained a varied work experience in both private and public sectors over the past eight years, and currently works in municipal government for the City of Milpitas as an economic development professional. His educational background includes multiple bachelor’s degrees from the University of Arizona, one in molecular and cellular biology and the other in health sciences in physiology, as well as a master’s degree in environmental engineering from National University. Since returning to San Jose, Mr. Degu has remained active in public service by serving on non-profit boards and social justice organizations.