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Oscar Munguia Jr.

Give Every Child a Chance Program Director

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Oscar Munguia Jr.

Oscar Munguia Jr., Give Every Child a Chance’s program director for the After School Advantage Program, helps Marcus Zungia with his algebra homework at the Nile Garden School ASAP site.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED December 24, 2011 2:04 a.m.

NAME: Oscar Munguia Jr.

JOB: After School Advantage Program Director for Give Every Child a Chance

BORN: Los Angeles

AGE: 28

FAMILY: Wife, Irene and son Jackson, 1 ½

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN MANTECA? Moved to Manteca In 1996 from Southern California due to father’s job as a farm worker.

HIGH SCHOOL
: Graduated from East Union High in 2001

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Didn’t have time due to the fact he had to work.

TEACHER THAT MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU: “Mrs. Badovinac. She always seemed to believe in me as a student as a whole.” When Oscar was a senior in high school and she found out that he had joined the military she was excited for him. “She motivated me.”

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS: Work ethic.

MILITARY SERVICE: Army. He served in Iraq.

HIS PASSION: “My work.”

GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO HIM: “Getting married, my family, and my job in that order.”

PET PEEVE: “People not appreciating what they have. When I served in Iraq I really learned how fortunate we are as Americans to have what we have.”

LAST NICE THING A NEIGHBOR DID: “Two weeks ago I was mowing my yard and I bent over and tweaked my back. My neighbor came over and he helped me up.”

FAVORITE DINING HAUNT & MENU ITEM
: “Chili’s. It’s a deep-fried chicken item – I can’t remember right now what it is called – but wife hates it because it isn’t healthy.”

BEST GIFT EVER RECEIVED
: “My son.”

IDEA OF A GREAT DAY: “Any day in May when it is warm and we get a light breeze.”

CURRENT BOOK READING: “Killing Lincoln” by Bill Reilly

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN MANTECA
: Movie theaters.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Godfather II”

FAVORITE  ACTOR & WHY?
Robert DeNiro

BIGGEST CHANGE IN MANTECA OVER PAST 10 YEARS
: “We’ve gotten more and more things to do in the community.”

WHAT YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CHANGES IN MANTECA: “The growth has brought in a lot of different people with different backgrounds.”

BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE
: “Never be satisfied.”

FAVORITE GETAWAY: “Any major league baseball game. I love it.” The Los Angeles Dodgers are his favorite team.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR EXERCISE?
“I run.”

HARDEST THING YOU EVER HAD TO DO? “It was being deployed overseas because it meant being away from my family.”

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? “I admire my wife because she works fulltime and goes to school fulltime to better herself for our family.  I don’t tell her enough that I admire her.”

THE LAST THING THAT TUGGED AT YOUR HEART?
“The holidays in general and seeing people who are in need.  More people are calling about the need for a bag of groceries. It’s huge. It gets to me. I’ve been through that.”

IF YOU WERE SOMEONE ELSE AND YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE WHAT KIND OF PERSON OSCAR WAS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? “I’d say I am hard working and fun. I look serious but once you get to know me I‘m pretty fun.”

WHAT WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST IF YOU COULD NO LONGER DO YOUR JOB?  “I’d miss the interaction with the kids. If I’m having a bad day for whatever reason I can always count on dropping by a program and the kids cheer me up by just being kids.”

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING 10 YEARS FROM NOW? “I want to run Give Every Child a Chance or a non-profit that does the same thing.”

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN? “Our rights and the fact we have rights that other people don’t have. People don’t appreciate their right. And being able to do that is a right as well. That’s why our rights as Americans are awesome.”

WHAT IS YOU GOAL WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? “It’s to have a good day and to make an impact in somebody’s life whether it is family or someone else. That’s why I do the job I do.”

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MANTECA HAVE THAT IT CURRENTLY DOESN’T?
“If there was a place a giant computer lab with 30 or so computers could be built with free access to people who don’t have them that would be great. There are a lot of people who don’t have computers. The library has some computers but it’s not a lot. I want people to be able to better themselves.”

OTHER THOUGHTS: “I really hope the community realizes what good of a benefit Give Every Child a Chance is for students. If they have any questions they can check us out. I think we’re a great service to community. Come see us at Facebook and support the bowl-a-thon in February. People are welcome to contact us (825-7003) and make arrangements to see a program. And anybody who wants to volunteer is more than welcome to apply.”



— Dennis Wyatt,
managing editor

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