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GECAC program director is honored by California
Oscar Munguia of Give Every Child A Chance was awarded the California Expanded Learning Inspirational Leadership Award.

Not too long ago, Oscar Munguia received an unexpected phone call while at home one Saturday.

It was from Michael Funk, who is the Director of the Expanded Learning Division for the California Department of Education in Sacramento.

Munguia, who is the After School Advantage Program Director for Give Every Child A Chance, was surprised to find out that he was selected for the CDE Inspirational Leadership Award about two weeks ago.

"I was humbled," he said.

Munguia added: "I do what I do for GECAC."

He's been with the local mentor-tutor program serving school districts in South San Joaquin County for 15 years. He credited current CEO Christina Keefhaver and former CEO Carol Davis along with Chuck Crutchfield for his continuing development in GECAC.

"It was their motivation and mentoring that helped get me to this point," said Munguia, who was recognized for his outstanding commitment to improving and enriching the lives of young people through his contributions to the expanding learning field.

He oversees 12 school sites for GECAC that provides after school learning as well as free one-on-one tutoring for struggling students.

According to CDE, the Expanded Learning Programs are an integral part of young people's education. Students are engaged in year-round learning opportunities designed to prepare them for college, career and life.

Contributing factors include GECAC's ASAP under the direction of Munguia.

“He pours his heart and soul into developing programs to build a greater community,” said wife Irene.