Hector Topete

My passion for helping young adults stemmed from my first job as a Youth Mentor with the Employment Development Department/Youth Employment Opportunity Program in Hayward from 2003-2006; providing job services, counseling, and education resources to low income at-risk youth.

In 2004, I was awarded the Hispanic Community Affairs Council scholarship which helped me pay for books and supplies for school. It was when I received my award at the luncheon that I decided I would one day return and give back to the organization that believed in me and deemed me worthy of such an honorable scholarship.

I graduated from California State University East Bay in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance. I decided to return as a Case Manager to work, once again, with at-risk youth at Hayward Adult School/Youth Enrichment Services Program. This program is where I was able to develop my skills as a mentor and case manager by creating unique rapport and motivation techniques.

In 2009, I returned for classes to earn my teaching credential to further enhance my mentoring skills and abilities. I received a credential in Career Counseling, Money Management and Finance.

The idea of becoming an independent businessman was once a dream, a dream I have nurtured and believed in since my high school. With the support of my family and friends, I opened my first business Redline Autosports in Livermore, CA, an automotive/motorcycle dealership. My goal is to follow in the footsteps of the great leaders who have demonstrated a strong desire to follow their aspirations and help others. It is my privilege to be a part of The Hispanic Community Affairs Council and help guide our future generation into realizing their dreams.